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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Ranji Knockouts: Jammu set to take innings lead, Saurashtra close in on semifinals berth

Chintan Gaja, who had scored a fifty as Gujarat posted a mammoth 602/8d in the first innings, picked up five wickets as Goa were bowled out for 173. While Goa skipper Amit Verma scored 56, he hardly found any support as Gujarat opened up a big 429-run lead in the first innings.

The Parthiv Patel-led side then chose to bat again and ended the day at 158/1, leading Goa by 587 runs, with Samit Gohil batting on 70 and Bhargav Merai scoring an unbeaten 49.

At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Nilkantha Das, Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar picked up three wickets each while Bengal secured an 82-run lead.

Odisha, at one stage, were 135/1, but Bengal struck back, scalping three quick wickets before stumps on the second day and on the third day took off from where they had left to restrict Odisha to 250.

Bengal ended the day at 79/2 and extended their overall lead to 161 runs.

In Jammu, Karnataka scored 206 against Jammu and Kashmir after the match resumed following no play on the second day. While Auqib Nabi, Mujtaba Yousuf, and Parvez Rasool scalped three wickets each, KV Siddharth’s 76 and Manish Pandey’s 37 helped Karnataka score 206.

Karnataka lost skipper Karun Nair early, but Siddharth and Pandey added 61 runs from 58 balls before the latter got out on Yousuf’s bowling. Srinivas Sharath, who scored 26, and Siddharth then added 69 runs together to take Karnataka close to 150.

Jagadeesha Suchith then chipped in with 18 runs before Karnataka were all out for 206. In response, Jammu and Kashmir scored 88 runs for the loss of two wickets before the close of play.

In the Saurashtra versus Andhra quarterfinal in Ongole, Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja scalped four and three wickets respectively as Saurashtra bowled out Andhra for 136 to secure a 283-run lead.

Before the close of play, Saurashtra scored 93 runs for the loss of two wickets and extended their overall lead to 376 runs.

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Spirited performance from Saurashtra knocks Mumbai out of Ranji trophy title race

Multiple-time champions Mumbai were knocked out of the ongoing Ranji Trophy after drawing against Saurashtra on the fourth and final day of their elite Group B match here on Friday. Saurashtra’s Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Kamlesh Makwana played patient knocks to deny Mumbai an outright win.

Saurashtra, thus, took three points from the drawn affair, courtesy their first-innings lead. Mumbai, whose fight back was led with Surya Kumar Yadav’s ton, had to be content with a lone point.

Mumbai, the most successful team in the history of Ranji Trophy with 41 titles, still have a game left against Madhya Pradesh, but their campaign is over as they have only 14 points and even an outright win won’t help them to make the knock-outs.

Only top five teams from combined Group A and B make the quarter-finals.

Two teams go through from Group C, while one team moves ahead from the Plate Group.

On fourth and final day, Mumbai spinners Shams Mulani (3/47) and Shashank Attarde (3/45) ran through the Saurashtra top and middle order to leave the hosts reeling at 83 for 7 to raise hopes of a Mumbai win.

But then Jadeja, who came in at number nine and Makwana, who came in at eight, held both the ends up and batted together for almost 40 overs to deny Mumbai six points.

Makwana, who remained unbeaten on 31, consumed 116 balls, while Jadeja who remained unbeaten on 33 batted for 125 balls.

The duo negated the challenge posed by Mumbai spinners on a deteriorating track and dashed Mumbai’s hopes.

After Mumbai declared for 362 for 7 in their second essay, Attarde removed Snell Patel (0) with a return catch. Just two balls later, Attarde got his second after Divyaraj Chouhan’s (0) flick was caught at short-mid wicket by Mulani.

Soon, it became 21/3 as Mulani got one to skid and trapped Sheldon Jackson (11) in-front of the wicket.

Harvik Desai (24) and Arpit Vasavada (31) ensured that Saurashtra took lunch at 35 for 3. But post lunch, Mumbai grabbed another four wickets as Saurashtra imploded fast.

First Mulani broke through Harvik Desai’s defence as he was caught by Jay Bista and then Chirag Jani (0) and Prerak Mankad (9) too perished quickly.

Mulani then removed danger-man Vasavada as Saurashtra were on the verge of a defeat.

But then Jadeja and Makwana joined hands and dashed Mumbai’s hopes.

Saurahstra next play Tamil Nadu and still has a chance to make the quarters.

Meanwhile at Shimoga, Madhya Pradesh grabbed three points after their match ended in a draw against Karnataka.

Karnataka had posted huge 426 in their first innings, but Aditya Srivastava struck a gritty 192 to give Madhya Pradesh give the crucial first innings lead.

In the national capital, Railways took three points from their drawn game against Himachal Pradesh, courtesy the first-innings lead.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 262 and 362/7 declared (Suryakumar Yadav 134, Shams Mulani 92; Prerak Mankad 2-52) vs Saurashtra 335 and158/7. Match Drawn. Saurashtra took first-innings lead. Saurashtra 3 points, Mumbai 1 point.

At Shimoga: Karnataka 426 and 62/1 v/s Madhya Pradesh 431 (Aditya Shrivastava 192, Venkatesh Iyer 86; Abhimanyu Mithun 3/69). Match Drawn. MP took first innings lead. MP 3 points, Karnataka 1 point.

At New Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium): Himachal Pradesh 283 and 165/3 v/s Railways 545 for 7 declared. Match drawn. Railways took first-innings lead. Railways 3 points, HP 1 point.

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Ranji Trophy wrap: Suryakumar leads Mumbai fightback vs Saurashtra, Vignesh shines in Tamil Nadu win

Suryakumar Yadav blazed his way to 134 to lead Mumbai’s fightback on the third day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy game against Saurashtra after the domestic giants conceded 73 runs first-innings lead.

After losing opener Bhupen Lalwani (3) early, Surya (134 off 130 balls, 17×4, 3×6) and Jay Bista (46) wiped out the deficit in just 16 overs to keep Mumbai in the hunt at the SCA Stadium in Khandheri.

Surya notched up his 14th first-class 100, as he played his usual aggressive game, while Bista played second fiddle.

The duo added 119-runs for the second wicket and their partnership brought Mumbai back into the contention in what is a must-win game.

Surya got a life at 44 and he made optimum use of it.

Mumbai went to tea at 120 for 1, 47 runs ahead.

But two overs after tea, Bista was dismissed by left- arm spinner Parth Bhut after giving a sitter to Harvik Desai in the slip cordon.

All-rounder Shams Mulani was promoted to number four and he added 98 runs for the third wicket with Surya as Mumbai looked to gain the upper-hand.

But left-arm orthodox spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who troubled Surya, won the battle after trapping him in front of the wicket.

In-form Sarfaraz Khan joined Mulani and the two remained unbeaten when stumps were drawn with Mumbai at 285 for 3, extending the lead by 212 runs.

Earlier, resuming at the overnight 257 for 6, Saurashtra overhauled Mumbai’s first-innings score of 262.

A gritty unbeaten 84 by Chirag Jani helped the hosts take a 73-run first innings lead.

Jani was hit on the helmet twice, but he continued playing and his contribution was valuable.

However, as the game appeared to be slipping away, the Mumbai bowlers did well to bounce back and bowled out Saurashtra for 335.

Vignesh fifer helps Tamil Nadu thrash Baroda in Vadodara

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu defeated Baroda by an innings and 57 runs at Motibaug Ground in Vadodara with right-arm medium pacer K Vignesh taking a fifer in the second essay.

Due to Vignesh’s heroics with the ball, Tamil Nadu dismissed the hosts for 259 in their second innings to register an emphatic win and picked up seven points.

His haul included the key wicket of captain Krunal Pandya, who made a defiant 74 (95 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes), having him caught in the deep by substitute M Siddharth and Deepak Hooda (4).

The 25-year-old medium-pacer, who made a comeback into the team after being dropped for the match against Railways (which Tamil Nadu won comprehensively), said it was good to be back in the squad and among wickets too.

“The wicket was good and we had to really bowl well in the second innings because it slightly eased out after we batted,” Vignesh said.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 262 and 285 for 3 (Suryakumar Yadav 134, Shams Mulani 67 not out) vs Saurashtra 335 (Sheldon Jackson 85, Chirag Jani 84 not out, Royston Dias 4-64). Mumbai lead by 212 runs.

At Vadodara: Baroda 174 and 259 (Krunal Pandya 74; A Sheth 70; K Vignesh 5-62) vsTamil Nadu 490/7 declared. Baroda lost by an innings and 57 runs. Tamil Nadu: 7 points, Baroda: 0 points.

At Shimoga: Karnataka 426 vs Madhya Pradesh 311/4 (Aditya Shrivastava 109 not out, Venkatesh Iyer 80). Madhya Pradesh trail by 115 runs.

At New Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium): Himachal Pradesh 283 and 24/0 vs Railways 545 for 7 declared (Arindam Ghosh 204 not out, Karn Sharma 82, Mahesh Rawat 60 ; AP Vashisht 3/110, M J Dagar 3/114). Himachal Pradesh trail by 238 runs.

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Ranji Trophy: Jadeja takes 5-wicket haul as Saurashtra reduce Mumbai to 249 for 8

Saurashtra left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja snared five wickets to leave Mumbai teetering at 249 for eight on the opening day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy game here on Tuesday.

Had Sarfaraz Khan yet again not rescued Mumbai after they suffered a top-order collapse with his 78, the 41-time Ranji champions would have been in more trouble in what is a must-win game for them.

Jadeja (5/90) rattled their top-order and among his wickets were Jay Bista (43), Bhupen Lalwani (25), Siddesh Lad (13) and rival skipper Aditya Tare (10).

Opting to bat at the SCA Stadium in Khandheri, Mumbai openers Bista and Lalwani failed to convert their starts. The duo put up 62 for the first wicket before Bista was trapped in front of the wicket by Jadeja.

Senior-pro Suryakumar Yadav fell for a first-ball duck after being trapped in front of the wicket by Prerak Mankad as Mumbai were in a spot of bother at 63 for two. Soon it became 74 for three after Jadeja removed Lalwani, who gave a sitter at mid-off.

Crisis man Siddhesh Lad (13) had on several occasions in the past took his team out of the rubble, but failed to do it on Tuesday. He became Jadeja’s third victim after the left-arm spinner trapped him in front of the wicket to leave the visitors tottering at 88 for four.

Then Sarfaraz (78 off 126 balls; 9×4 and 2×6) and all-rounder Shams Mulani (59 not out off 171 balls; 6×4; 2×6) steadied the ship with their 109-run stand for the fifth wicket. They ensured that the domestic giants took lunch and tea without losing any further wickets.

Sarfaraz, who took his team out of trouble in the last two matches, again played a matured and responsible knock.

However, after doing all the hard work, he fell on 78 after being cleaned up by Kamlesh Makwana. Sarfaraz’s unbeaten run thus ended in first-class cricket after amassing 605 runs from three innings.

Aditya Tare (10) was dismissed cheaply as he became Jadeja’s fourth victim. Mulani held one end and completed his fourth fifty after tapping Jadeja for a single.

However, Mulani ran out of partners with Vinayak Bhoir (21) and Shashank Attarde (0) also falling in quick succession as Saurashtra took honours on day 1.

For the hosts, Jadeja was ably supported by Mankad (2/30) and Makwana (1/46).

Earlier, the Saurashtra Cricket Association felicitated senior speedster Jaydev Unadkat for taking 300 scalps in first-class cricket. Unadkat, however, missed the game due to niggle.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 249/8 (Sarfaraz Khan 78; Shams Mulani 59 batting; D Jadeja 5-90) v/s Saurashtra

At Shimoga: Karnataka 233/3 (R Samarth 105; Siddharth KV 62 not out; Gourav Yadav 1-29) v/s Madhya Pradesh.

At Baroda: Baroda 174 all out (A Sheth 53, Anureet Singh 25; M Mohammed 7-68) v/s Tamil Nadu 135/0 (Abhinav Mukund 73 not out, L Suryapprakash 61 not out). TN trailed by 39 runs.

At New Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium): Himachal Pradesh 283 (Nikhil Gangta 72, R Dhawan 70; Pradeep Poojar 4-62) v/s Railways.

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Ranji Trophy: Jaydev Unadkat’s 6-wicket haul lifts Saurashtra to 4-wicket win vs Baroda

Jaydev Unadkat picked up six wickets as Saurashtra held their nerve to win by four wickets against Baroda in a Group B Elite Ranji Trophy game here on Wednesday.

Saurashtra had 200 to chase down and were on the mat at 113/6. But Aarpit Vasavada and Prerak Mankad got together and they took the bull by the horns, adding 87 to take Saurashtra over the line by four wickets.

Vasavada made 48 not out, Mankad finished with an unbeaten 36. The outright win strengthens this position as far as quarter-finals qualification goes. In six games, they have 25 points with three wins.

Meanwhile, in Surat in a Group A game, Gujarat need 105 more to win against Vidarbha.

At 104/6, Vidarbha were down in the dumps, leading by just 36. Then, they were lifted by a seventh-wicket partnership of 82 between Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarvate to help swell their lead. Wadkar top scored with 87.

At close of play, Gujarat were tottering at 74/4 with Aditya Thakare picking up all four wickets for the defending champions.

At Ongole in another Group A clash, Andhra beat Kerala by seven wickets while Rajasthan beat Hyderabad by nine wickets in another Group A clash.

At Indore, Uttar Pradesh won by seven wickets against Madhya Pradesh in Group B.

Meanwhile, only 9.3 overs of play was possible in Bengal and Delhi’s Day 3 Group A match where Delhi still trail Bengal by 101 runs with three wickets in hand. For the home team, Mukesh Kumar took three wickets and Shahbaz Ahmed snared two to dent Delhi’s charge.

In Delhi, Karnataka lead Railways by 17 runs after they were 199/6 at stumps on Day 3 in reply to Railways’ 182.

In Jammu, Chhattisgarh were 270/4 with Harpreet Singh Bhatia leading from the front with a 116 as Abhimanyu Chauhan scored 51.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand need 337 runs to win against Services and at the end of Day 3, they were 49/1. Haryana trail Uttarakhand by 59 runs and were reeling at 50/5 in reply to Uttarakhand’s 109 at the end of Day 3.

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