Valsad (Gujarat): Skipper Parthiv Patel led from the front with his 27th first-class century. He helped Gujarat reach 330 for four on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Goa.
The left-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 118 off 156 balls at the Sardar Patel Stadium, hitting 15 boundaries off the Goa bowlers. In the process, Patel also completed 11,000 first-class runs.
Gujarat openers— Samit Gohel (52) and Priyank Panchal (28) opted to bad. After a steady start, they added 64 for the first wicket before Panchal holed out to cover.
At 84 off 113 balls, Bhargav Merai joined Gohil who failed to convert his start. He poked at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Darshan Misal and was caught by Snehal Kauthankar in the slips. Gujarat was 107 for two.
Patel and Merai started the rescue act and scored at a brisk pace as they hammered a listless Goa attack. The duo added 139 runs for the third wicket and did not allow Goa to make a comeback.
Leg-break bowler Amit Verma gave Goa the much-needed breakthrough after he tossed one up and Merai’s attempted drive resulted in an edge in the slip cordon.
Chirag Gandhi who came in at number six, played the perfect second fiddle to Patel as the two ensured that Gujarat took the honors on the opening day.
For Goa, Verma was the pick of the bowlers, while Darshan Misal and Vijesh Prachudesai (1-60) took a wicket each.
This is Patel’s second hundred in Ranji knock-outs, the first being against Mumbai in the 2016-17 final.