Hosts Baroda were restricted to 284 for 9 in 88 overs on the first day's play in their Ranji Elite match against Bengal at the MotiBagh Stadium in Vadodara. AshokDinda who is highly likely to join the Indian team in Australia as cover for Ishat Sharma was the chief destroyer for Bengal taking 5 for 96 in 24 overs. Baroda who were asked to bat first after losing the toss slipped from a strong position of 145 for 1 to 284 for 9.
Former India great SouravGanguly bowled just the one over but delivered two blows removing a well set IrfanPathan (42 from 61 balls with 8 fours) along with a tail-ender's wicket. For the hosts - opener AdityaWaghmore with 62 (from 143 balls with 9 fours) and no.3 RakeshSolanki with 73 (from 113 balls with 14 fours) came up with good scores.