Kanpur: Half-centuries from Eklavya Dwivedi (80 not out) and Parvinder Singh (73) helped Uttar Pradesh score 250 all out on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Madhya Pradesh here Sunday.
It was quite a remarkable recovery as Madhya Pradesh`s new-ball pair of Ishwar Pandey and debutant Puneet Datey had the hosts reeling on six for four in the fifth over of the day after UP were asked to bat.
Datey struck with his first two deliveries in first-class cricket, dismissing Digvijay Singh and Prashant Gupta for golden ducks. In his second over, he had Uttar Pradesh captain Suresh Raina caught by Jalaj Saxena for just one run. Two balls later, Ishwar Pandey sent back opener Mukul Dagar (5).
Mohammad Kaif (24) and Parvinder dug in to take the score to 69, but it was the 93-run stand between Parvinder and wicketkeeper Dwivedi that added some respectability to UP`s total.
Saxena ended the partnership by having Parvinder caught by captain Devendra Bundela for 73.
Bundela and Saxena combined to mop up the tail, but not before seamer Amit Mishra gave valuable support to Dwivedi in a 62-run eighth-wicket stand.
Dwivedi was left stranded on 80 after which MP played out a couple of overs to end the day on four for no loss.
Uttar Pradesh: 250 all out in 73.1 overs (Eklavya Dwivedi 80 not out, Parvinder Singh 73; Jalaj S Saxena 3/44)
Madhya Pradesh: 4 for no loss in 2 overs.