A round-up of the first day of the first round of matches in the Ranji Trophy Elite 2011-12
Sourav Ganguly scored 34 on his return to first-class cricket, and an unbeaten century from Manoj Tiwary helped carry Bengal to 261 for 4 against Gujarat at Eden Gardens. Choosing to bat, Bengal lost their openers early - Parthasarathi Bhattacharjee was caught off Priyank Panchal, while Arindam Das was run out for a duck. Captain Tiwary, batting at No. 4, built two half-century stands with Arindam Ghosh and Ganguly. The best partnership of the day, however, came from Tiwary and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. The pair put together an unbroken 105-run stand at over four runs an over and went to stumps on 120 and 41 respectively. Medium-pacer Panchal was the pick of the bowlers for Gujarat - who are without Siddharth Trivedi this season - claiming 2 for 22 in a miserly 13-over spell.