Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja stars for Saurashtra, holders Gujarat beat Kerala in Group B

first_imgRavindra Jadeja bagged nine wickets after scoring a double hundred to guide Saurashtra to an innings and 212-run victory over Jammu and Kashmir on day three of the Group B Ranji Trophy match.As many as 16 wickets fell on day three after Jammu and Kashmir started the day at 103 for four.Jadeja, after completing a double hundred on day two, took four wickets in the first innings while the remaining were picked up by another left-arm spinner, Dharmendersinh Jadeja.The visitors were all out for 156 in the first innings and were asked to follow on.Jammu and Kashmir batted better in the second innings but they still looked nowhere near getting close to Saurashtra’s mammoth first innings of 624/7 declared.While the two Jadejas run riot in the first innings, Saurashtra offie Vandit Jivrajani ran through the opposition batting in the second essay.Eventually, Jammu and Kashmir were bowled for 256 in their second innings with Puneet Bisht and Ram Dayal scoring half centuries.As expected, Ravindra Jadeja was named the man of the match and his performance is a reminder to the selectors.LOW-SCORING THRILLER Defending champions Gujarat started their Ranji Trophy group B encounter on a winning note against Kerala despite some anxious moments during their low-scoring chase.Chasing a target of 106, Gujarat started the day at 22 for 1 with the Parthiv Patel-led side needing only 83 runs on the final day.Overnight not out batsman Chintan Gaja (4) was out with an addition of nine runs.Opener Priyank Panchal then added 24 runs for the third wicket along with Bhargav Merai (21) in 11.3 overs but the former then ran himself out with Gujarat still needing 50 runs.advertisementManprit Juneja was the fourth batsman to get dismissed at the team total at 75.Jalaj Saxena and Sachin Baby the increased opposition’s woes with couple of quick wickets, leaving Gujarat reeling at a score of 81/6. They still needed 24 runs to get past the target.It was the captain, who played small but crucial knock in company of Chirag Gandhi as they shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket to finally end the game on a winning note.Both of them did not take pressure and batted at a strike-rate better than other batsmen. Patel played an innings of 18 no off 22 whereas Gandhi too made a vital contribution of 11 no off 16.At one stage, it seemed like Kerala has made a remarkable comeback but Parthiv’s experience in trying circumstances proved to be the key.Meanwhile, it was a dream debut for former India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who played his maiden first-class game for Gujarat.He had shifted his base to the state before the start of the season. The discarded Indian leg-spinner ended the game with bowling figures of 8 for 135.Debutant Siddharth Desai, 17-year-old pacer, too made merry on his debut and had a match-haul of nine wickets. Gujarat will now face Jammu and Kashmir in their nextgame in Surat while deflated Kerala will fly back home to face Pankaj Singh-led Rajasthan.Gujarat are all set to miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel again as both are part of Indian team for ODI series against New Zealand.Brief Score: Gujarat 307 & 108/6 (Priyank Panchal 30, Bhargav Merai 21, Parthiv Patel 18*; Jalaj Saxena 2-16, Akshay Chandran 2- 37)defeat Kerala 208 & 203 in Nadiad.Points: Gujarat 6 Kerala 0Rajasthan 1st Innings 423. Jharkhand 265 and 332/6 (Ishank Jaggi 103 no, Nazim Siddiqui 100, Pankaj Singh 3/53). Match DrawnPoints: Rajasthan 1; Jharkhand 3.Saurashtra 624/7 decl. J&K 156 all and 256 all out in 84.1 overs (Bisht 55, Dayal 56; Jivrajani 6/79).last_img read more