Services take big 1st innings lead vs Uttar Pradesh courtesy Rajat Paliwal's ton

Apart from his 97-run sixth wicket stand with veteran keeper Sarabjit Singh (40, 5x4), the two other significant partnerships were for the seventh and eighth wicket which yielded 34 and 33 runs respectively. The first one was between Paliwal and Nishan Singh (4) and the second one between the centurion and Shadab Nazar (13).

updated: January 07, 2013 21:50 IST
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Indore: Young right-hander Rajat Paliwal will hit the fourth and most important first-class century in his short career as it helped Services take a sizeable 129-run first innings lead against the formidable Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final on Monday.

The 21-year-old Paliwal, who had blisters on his big toe hammered the likes of India international Piyush Chawla as he struck 112 to help Services reach a score of 263 in reply to UP's paltry first innings score of 134.

The favourites however did a shade better in the second innings as they were 138 for four at stumps thereby taking a slender lead of nine runs.

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