Margao, Nov 23 (UNI) A scintillating ton (103) by Jatin Saxena and his two fruitful parterships guided Madhya Pradesh to 334 for 6 in 90 overs against Goa at the close of the play on the opening day of the four day Ranji plate B cricket match at MCC ground in South Goa today.
At stumps, Murthaza Ali (not out 75) and Asuntosh Jhadav (not out 28) were at the crease. The duo gave 75 runs for the seventh wicket unseperated. The medium Pacer Saurab Bandekar achieved a vital breakthrough for the host claiming 4 wickets for 98 runs.
Madhya Pradesh after electing to bat, lost the first wicket of Jatiz Saxena with a score on the board 40 for 1 when he was caught out by Shadab Jakati off a bowling of Bandekar on 17.
Jatin Saxena joined opener Naman Oza, both controlled the situation and kept the score board moving both played aggresively hitting at the both sides of the wickets and added 87 runs for the second wicket before Naman was caught by Ratra off a bowling of Bandekar on 63 with a score on the board 2 for 127. His belligerent 63 were laced with ten hits to the fence and a six came off 106 balls.
After Naman's exit, Madhya pradesh lost three quick wickets of Devendra Bhundle(12) Rahul Bhakshi(14) and Captain Brijesh Tomar (duck) cheaply adding only 50 runs to the total with a score on the board 177 for 5.
Jatin Saxena who played a sheet anchor role was shapping well played almost every ball at the merit with the company of Murthaza Ali and both addded 82 runs for the sixth wicket before Jatin was trapped leg before the wicket by Bandekar on 103. Jatin's 103 were studded with 14 fours and came of 171 balls. This is his second century in the first class cricket.
Murthaza Ali not out 75 and Asuntosh Jhadav not out 28 further added 75 runs for seventh wicket unseperated with a score on the board 334 for 6 in 90 overs before the close of the first days play.
Murthaza Ali's 75 included ten fours and one six came off 128 balls.