Hyderabad:Fighting half-centuries by Ambati Rayudu (60) and Syed Quadri (51 not out) helped Hyderabad wither a middle-order collapse to reach 175 for five on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match against Gujarat on Tuesday.
Rayudu batted well up the order while Quadri held the one end together after coming down to bat at number seven. Anirudh Singh, on 34, was giving company to Quadri at the crease at close of play.
Paceman Siddharth Trivedi (4/30) ripped apart the host middle order by striking thrice in successive overs.
After being reduced to 26 for two, Hyderabad were saved from total collapse by Rayudu and Anirudh with a 74-run partnership for the third wicket.
Then came the devastating spell of Trivedi as he first broke the third wicket stand by scalping Rayudu and then sent back rival skipper Arjun Yadav (0) and Abhinav Kumar (0) in three balls to sent shockwaves in the opposition camp.
From a comfortable 100 for two, Hyderabad were reduced to 100 for five.
Quadri though stemmed the rot with his sensible knock as he made sure the hosts do not suffer any further jolt, rattling up an unbeaten 75 for sixth wicket with Anirudh.
Anirudh showed tremendous patience as he kept a long vigil at the wicket, batting for more than four hours, facing 189 balls and hitting just three fours.
Quadri's 51 came off 114 balls with six fours.