Vadodara: A staggering 20 wickets fell on the first day of the Group B Ranji Trophy match between Baroda and Madhya Pradesh in Vadodara on Thursday, with the 2000-01 season winners having already started their second innings by close of play.
Batting first, the hosts could manage a meagre 152 in their first innings, but fought back strongly to bundle Madhya Pradesh out for 60.
Baroda were nine for no loss in their second innings, thereby extending their lead to 101 runs with all the wickets intact and three full days to go.
On a day when the bowlers, led by MP's Jalaj Saxena's 6/42, called the shots, Abhimanyu Chauhan stood out with a dogged 58 off 141 balls. Chauhan was an aberration as he found the fence 10 times. Tall seam bowler Ishwar Pandey (in pic) took 3 for 29.
Even as none of the Madhya Pradesh batsmen could reach the 20s, Ketul Patel (4/9) and out-of-favour India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan (4/17) were among the wickets for Baroda. Munaf Patel went wicket-less in his 4 overs.
Baroda 152 (Abhimanyu Chauhan 58; Jalaj Saxena 6/42) and 9 for no loss vs Madhya Pradesh 1st innings 60 all out (Patel 4/9, Yusuf 4/17).