Opener Sandeep Pattnaik's 123-run knock was the lone saving grace in Odisha's dismal batting performance as Saurashtra dismissed them for 228 on the opening day of their Ranji Group B match here. In reply, Saurashtra were 4 for no loss when stumps were drawn for the day.
Openers Mohsin Dodia (3) and Sagar Jogiyani (0) were at the crease for Saurashtra. Left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was the wrecker-in-chief for Saurashtra with figures of 4 for 67 in 23.5 overs. Odisha were off to a confident start with Pattnaik and Ranjit Singh (30) combining for an 85-run opening stand but the latter's dismissal changed the scenario dramatically for the team. Odisha's middle order failed to hold the other end even as Pattnaik waged a lone battle at one end. Pattnaik's knock was laced with 22 fours and came off 213 deliveries. Skipper Govinda Poddar was the only other notable contributor to the scorecard with a 21-run effort. Brief Scores: Odisha: 228 all out in 80.5 overs (Sandeep Pattnaik 123, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4/67) Saurashtra: 4/0 in 7 overs.
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