Dhanbad: Rana Dutt grabbed five wickets in a brilliant pace-bowling spell as Tripura took early control of their Ranji Trophy cricket match against Jharkhand on the opening day here today.
Dutt ripped through the Jharkhand top-order batting line-up with figures of 5/64 while his pace colleagues Manisankar Murasingh and Abhijit Sarkar took two wickets apiece to bundle the home side out for just 142 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Kumar Deobrat was the only Jhrakhand batsman to give some sort of resistance to the Tripura bowlers with a 121-ball 75 which was studded with 10 fours and three sixes.
Besides Deobrat, only three other Jharkhand batsmen could reach to double-digit scores as they folded their first innings in 54.5 overs after they chose to bat. In reply, Tripura were 72 for two in 31 overs before the draw of the stumps, trailing by 70 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand. Opener Bishal Ghosh and Rakesh Solanki were batting on 25 and 40 respectively before close today.
For Jharkhand, pacer Kaushal Singh took both the Tripura wickets.
Jharkhand 1st Innings: 142 all out in 54.5 overs (Kumar Deobrat 75; Rana Dutt 5/64).
Tripura 1st Innings: 72 for 2 in 31 overs (Rakesh Solanki 40 not out; Kaushal Singh 2/15).