Ranji Trophy: Karnataka bowlers bowl out Gujarat for 216

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Surat, December 14: A collective effort from Karnataka bowlers helped their side bowl out Gujarat for a decent 216 on the first day of the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy tie here on Friday.

In reply, Karnataka were 45/2 at close of play with the experienced Piyush Chawla and Arzan Nagwaswalla taking a wicket each. Opener Mayank Agarwal returned to the fray but just made 25 off 36 balls.

Earlier in the day, Gujarat elected to bat first on what appeared to be a batting friendly surface. Having made the decision, only the skipper Priyank Panchal showed some resilience to top-score with a 135-ball 74 (8×4). But from the other end, none of his team-mates fired.

From the tail Chawla (34, 45b, 5×4) and Mehul Patel (31, 44b, 3×5, 1×6) chipped in with some useful scores.

Going into the second day, Karnataka are trailing by another 171 runs in the first innings.

Brief scores: Gujarat: 216 all out in 69.4 overs (Priyank Panchal 74, Piyush Chawla 34, Mehul Patel 31, R. Vinay Kumar 2/33, Prateek Jain 2/28, Ronit More 2/63, K. Gowtham 2/58, Shreyas Gopal 2/21) vs Karnataka: 45/2 in 14.5 overs (Mayank Agarwal 25, R. Samarth 7 batting).

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