Bokaro: The much-anticipated Colonel CK Nayudu Trophy Under 23 encounter between Jharkhand and Saurashtra commenced at the bustling BSL Cricket Stadium in Sector 4, conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
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Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Saurashtra managed to consolidate their position, tallying 325 runs for the loss of 8 wickets by the close of play on day one, courtesy of a remarkable century by Rakshit Mehta and an unbeaten half-century by Samar.
Despite a shaky start with the early dismissal of Nihar Baghela, contributing 20 runs, Saurashtra found their footing, notably through the resilient partnership of P Rana and Rakshit Mehta, who together amassed 87 runs for the fifth wicket. Subsequently, Rakshit Mehta and Samar’s formidable 155-run partnership for the sixth wicket propelled Saurashtra into a commanding position.
Rakshit Mehta showcased his prowess with an outstanding century, scoring 134 runs embellished with 17 fours and two sixes, while P Rana contributed a valuable 48 runs to the team’s total. As the day concluded, Samar remained unbeaten on an impressive 84 runs, with Artha Yadav accompanying him at one run.
In the bowling, Manishi and Om Singh stood out for Jharkhand, each claiming three wickets, while Hansraj and Kunin Qureshi secured one dismissal each, striving to contain Saurashtra’s batting onslaught.
The match commenced with the inauguration ceremony, graced by Chief Guest Executive Director (P&A BSL), Rajan Prasad, who extended his greetings to the players. The event witnessed the presence of numerous dignitaries including GM (Town Administration) AK Avinash, AGM (Sports) Subhash Rajak, and BDCA ad-hoc committee members Rajesh Ranjan, Sanjay Singh, and Jyoti Prakash Dwivedi, among others, adding to the fervor of the occasion.