Ranji Trophy semifinal: Arpit Vasavada 139 puts Saurashtra in command vs Gujarat

Arpit Vasavada’s gritty 139 propelled Saurashtra to set a challenging 327-run target for Gujarat on the fourth day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Tuesday.

Chintan Gaja’ fiery spell had brought Gujarat back into contention on the third day, but Vasavada’s seventh first-class hundred, and the third this season, swung the momentum in favour of the hosts.

Courtesy his ton and handy contributions from Chetan Sakariya (45), Chirag Jani (51) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (21), Saurashtra recovered from a dismal 15 for five to post 274 in their second innings.

They had a 52-run lead and hence the target set was 327.

When stumps were drawn, Gujarat were seven for one with opener Priyank Panchal (0) back in the hut.

Earlier, resuming the day at 66 for five, Sakariya and Vasavada were going strong before their 90-run sixth-wicket stand was broken by a horrible mix-up between the two, which resulted in the former’s dismissal.

The hosts lost their sixth wicket on 105. Jani then joined Vasavada and played the perfect second-fiddle as the hosts took lunch at 155 for six. Saurashtra’s overall lead had by then passed the 200-run mark.

Post lunch, Vasavada and Jani kept frustrating the Gujarat bowlers.

It was Gaja again, who provided the crucial breakthrough for the visitors by dismissing Jani in the 84th over.

The new ball did the trick for Gaja, as he bowled in the good length area and Jani’s outside edge flew to Samit Gohel in the second slip. Vasavasa and Jani added 109 runs for the seventh wicket.

Gaja took his seventh wicket when he removed Prerak Mankad (1) at the stroke of tea, which Saurashtra took at 222-8.

After Jadeja fell, Vasavada upped the ante but perished in the process. In his 139-run innings, he blasted 16 fours and a six.

Considering that it’s a worn-out pitch, it would be a tough ask for Parthiv Patel-led side to chase the target on the final day.

The winner of this game will clash with Bengal, who made to the summit clash after defeating Karnataka.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 304 and 274 (Arpit Vasavada 139, Chirag Jani 51; Chintan Gaja 7/71) v/s Gujarat 252 and 7/1.

Gujarat need 320 runs to win.

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Ranji Trophy Semifinals: Sheldon Jackson slams ton and bowlers put Saurashtra ahead of Gujarat

Jackson’s knock of 103 helped Saurashtra post 304 and then the home team bowlers wreaked havoc on Gujarat’s batting line-up to reduce them to 119 for six.

Resuming on overnight 217 for five, through Sheldon Jackson and Chirag Jani (29), Saurashtra negated the early challenge posed by the opposition bowlers.

Jackson got a reprieve on 82 when skipper Parthiv Patel dropped a catch off pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla. He made the most of this by notching up his 19th first-class hundred and third this season.

Jackson and Jani were looking good before Gujarat bounced back with medium-pacer Roosh Kalaria sending both the batsmen back to the pavilion.

He first trapped Jani in front of the wicket and then got Jackson to edge to Parthiv as Saurashtra slipped to 266 for seven.

Jackson and Jani added 103 run wicket for the sixth wicket.

Prerak Mankad (15) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (15) ensured the hosts didn’t lose any further wicket till lunch. Saurashtra took lunch at 290 for seven.

After lunch, Gujarat bowlers wrapped up the tail as Saurashtra lost three wickets for seven runs.

Pacer Arzan Nagaswalla (5/81) grabbed a five-for, while Axar Patel took three wickets and Roosh Kalaria bagged two.

However, Saurashtra pacers reduced Gujarat to one for 2 after Unadkat sent Priyank Panchal (0) in the first over and in the second over Chetan Sakariya cleaned up Samit Gohel (1).

Then, Dhruv Raval (35) and Bhargav Merai (13) tried to steady the ship, but the latter was dismissed when he offered a sitter to Jackson off Prerak Mankad, as the visitors slipped to 37 for three.

Raval, too, was unable to convert his start as he became Unadkat’s second victim with Gujarat in deep trouble at 58 for four.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja then struck twice and got the prize wicket of Parthiv (27) as Gujarat had lost half the side for 95. It soon became 97 for six when Jadeja sent back Chirag Gandhi for a zero.

Rujul Bhatt (27 not out) and Axar Patel (7 not out) made sure that there were no further losses before stumps.

Brief scores:

Saurashtra 304 (Sheldon Jackson 103, Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 5-81) vs Gujarat 119/6. Gujarat trail by 185 runs.

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Fact check: No, these dogs were not killed in Gujarat for Donald Trump’s visit

A heartbreaking image of corpses of dogs dumped allegedly in Gujarat is getting viral on social media. It has been claimed that the stray dogs are being killed in Gujarat ahead of United States President Donald Trump’s India visit.

Along with the first lady Melania Trump and his delegation, Donald Trump will be in India for his two-day visit on February 24 and 25. They will cover Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump are also expected to inaugurate Ahmedabad’s Motera cricket stadium at a public reception event on February 24 being named as “Namaste Trump”.

India Today’s Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the viral image is around a year old and is from Telangana’s Siddipet where municipality authorities had ordered the slaughter to curb dog menace.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

AFWA received a message on the viral photo on its helpline (7370007000). The message with the photo reads: “Street dogs are being killed Gujarat for Trump’s visit………They have the right to life.”

We ran a reverse search on the viral image and found that not only the image is around a year-old, but the incident took place in Telangana’s Siddipet and not Gujarat.

As per the media reports Siddipet municipality authorities had ordered to kill the street dogs to control their growing population.

The incident came into notice after a video shot by an animal activist surfaced on Twitter.

We also found a thread of tweets of a journalist from Hyderabad, Donita Jose who not only tweeted the video but also followed the case.

The video in the tweet could be disturbing.

Donita also posted the photograph of the team which had shot the video.

According to media reportsfour municipal employees were suspended for their alleged involvement in the poisoning of dogs.

Hence, it is clear that the viral image has nothing to do with Gujarat. It is an old photograph from Telangana.

ClaimStreet dogs are being killed in Gujarat ahead of Donald Trump’s visit.ConclusionThe viral image is from Telangana and is around a year old.


The number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 Crow: Half True
  • 2 Crows: Mostly lies
  • 3 Crows: Absolutely false
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Ranji Trophy: Middle-order rescues Gujarat, Haryana beat Assam

Despite a shaky start, the Gujarat middle-order came to the rescue of their side against Delhi in a round 8 match of the Ranji Trophy at the Arun Jaitely stadium here on Wednesday. The visitors were in trouble after losing four wickets for just 88 runs but an unbeaten Manprit Juneja (88) and Dhruv Raval (83) showed grit and determination to power Gujarat to 269/4 on the second day of the tie.

Earlier, Delhi had scored 293 in their first essay.

In a low-scoring contest in Patiala, hosts Punjab overhauled a 124-run target against Andhra losing six wickets as stumper Anmol Malhotra played an unbeaten 51-run knock.

Bengal’s Nilkantha Das’s (4/26) four-wicket haul reduced hosts Rajasthan to 156/8 in Jaipur. Earlier in reply to Rajasthan’s 241 in the first innings, the visitors had managed to put just 123 on the board.

After wrapping up Vidarbha for 326, Mohammed Azharuddin’s 81 helped Kerala end the day at 191/3 in Nagpur. For Vidarbha, Akshay Wakhare scalped two wickets for 41 runs.

Madhya Pradesh were 60/2 against Karnataka, who had amassed a huge 426 in their first innings. Yash Dubey and Shubham Sharma were batting at 17 and 6 respectively when stumps were drawn for the second day.

Arindam Ghosh’s 111 took Railways to 291/5 against Himachal Pradesh in Delhi. Earlier, Himachal had managed 283 in their first innings.

Saurashtra, who had bundled out Mumbai for 262 in their first essay, lost wickets in a similar fashion but managed to finish the day at 257/6, thanks to Sheldon Jackson’s crucial contribution of 85 runs.

After sending back the entire Baroda side for just 174 runs, Tamil Nadu declared their first innings at 490/7. Later, Baroda were 10 for no loss in Vadodra.

Bowling all-rounder Harshal Patel’s eight-wicket haul in Haryana’s match against Assam has helped him set the record for most wickets for the state in a Ranji Trophy season. Harshal took his tally to 51 wickets on Wednesday which takes him past the previous record of 48 that was set by Rajender Goel in the 1983/84 season.

Harshal followed up his first-innings tally of 4/32 with 4/49 in the second innings as Haryana beat Assam by seven wickets in their Group C match.

Brief Scores:

In Delhi: Delhi 293 (Kunwar Bidhuri 78, Himmat Singh 56, Rush Kalaria 5/78).

Gujarat 269/4 (Manprit Juneja 88 batting, Dhruv Raval 83 batting, Samit Gohel 51, Simarjeet Singh 2/53, Kunwar Bidhuri 1/32, Siddhant Sharma 1/53)

At Patiala: Andhra 93 and 134 (Ricky Bhui 61, Varun Choudhary 6/46).
Punjab 108 and (target 124) 129/6 (Anmol Malhotra 51 no, Abhishek Gupta 37).

Punjab 6. Andhra 0.

At Jaipur: Rajasthan 241 and 156/8 (Rajesh Bishnoi 46, Nilkantha Das 4/26).

Bengal 123 (Koushik Ghosh 38, Rituraj Singh 4/30, Tanvir ul Haq 4/48).

At Nagpur: Vidarbha 326 all out (Darshan Nalkande 66, Wasim Jaffer 57, G Sathish 58, MD Nidheesh 5/82). Kerala 191/3 (Mohammed Azharuddeen 81).

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