An unbeaten half century by Amit Mishra and his 105-run unfinished eighth-wicket partnership with Sandip Sharma helped Haryana score 238 for 7 on the opening day of Ranji Trophy Super League match against Saurashtra in Rajkot on Tuesday.
Haryana skipper Joginder Sharma won the toss and decided to bat, but lost opener Sumit Sharma 19 (41b, 3x4) and Ankit Rawat 14 (44b, 2x4) early.
Debutant Nitin Saini and Deepak Joon tried to stabilise the innings before Rakesh Dhruve picked four wickets to reduce the visitors to 133 for seven.
At this stage, it looked difficult for Haryana to reach 200, but number eight batsman Amit Mishra showed discipline to strike a useful partnership with Sandip Singh.
Mishra was unbeaten on 61 (117b, 6x4, 1x6), with Singh on 44 (115b, 4x4), at the end of opening day's play.
Mishra was lucky to be dropped at second slip by Ravindra Jadeja off Rakesh Dhruve in the last over of the day.
For Saurashtra, Dhruve was the pick of the bowlers, taking four for 71, while Jobanputra, Maniar and Makwana claimed a wicket each.
Haryana (1st innings):
Nitin Saini st Jogiyani b R Dhruve 35
Sumit Sharma c Joshi b S Maniar 19
Ankit Rawat b S Jobanputra 14
Deepak Joon c Jogiyani b R Dhruve 33
Sachin Rana c Shah b R Dhruve 15
Mahesh Rawat c Bambhania b K Makwana 3
Sandip Singh batting 44
Joginder Sharma lbw R Dhruve 5
Amit Mishra batting 61
Extras: (b-4, lb-4, nb-1) 9
Total: (for 7 wickets off 91 overs) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-57, 3-92, 4-117, 5-128, 6-128, 7-133.
Bowling: Sandip Jobanputra 16-8-37-1, Sandip Maniar 16-4-41-1, Ravindra Jadeja 20-7-44-0, Rakesh Dhruve 25-3-71-4, Kamlesh Makwana 13-4-35-1, Sitanshu Kotak 1-0-2-0.