Ravindra Jadeja returned with a sensational seven-wicket haul as Saurashtra notched up a convincing 35-run win over Hyderabad on the second day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Rajkot on Friday.
Jadeja, who has been recalled into India’s Test squad for the upcoming series against South Africa, had snapped six for 75 on Thursday and he followed it up with a brilliant seven for 60 to help Saurashtra register their third successive win.
With this win, Saurashtra grabbed six points from the match to top Group C with 19 points from three wins in as many matches.
After an exciting opening day which saw two stunning batting collapses, the second day of the match saw Saurashtra post 215 all out in 67 overs in their second innings to set Hyderabad a victory target of 170 runs.
Chirag Jani (65) was the top-scorer for Saurashtra even as Hyderabad’s M Hassan (5/69) and Vishal Sharma (4/84) returned with brilliant hauls.
However, Hyderabad’s runchase was derailed by Jadeja, who struck right from his first over, as the visitors folded for 134 in just 40 overs at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Apart from Jadeja, Kamlesh Makvana (2/28) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (1/22) were the other wicket takers for Saurashtra.
Brief Score: Saurashtra 102 & 215 allout in 67 overs (CS Jani 65; M Hassan 5/69) Hyderabad (India) 148 & 134 all out in 40 overs (BP Sandeep 46; R Jadeja 7/60)
HP respond strongly to Goa
Paras Dogra struck an unbeaten hundred as Himachal Pradesh produced a steady batting performance to post 298/5 in reply to Goa’s first innings total of 324 in their Ranji Trophy Group C cricket match in Dharamsala on Friday.
Resuming at 265/7, Goa folded for 324 with Sagun Kamat being the star performer with his patient knock of 163. Snehal Kauthankar was the other notable contributor with a 186-ball 74 on the second day on Friday.
In response, Himachal produced a solid performance riding on Dogra’s 139-run knock which came off 175 balls and included 18 fours and three sixes. N R Gangta also batted well for his 47 before becoming the last wicket to fall on Friday.
Brief Scores: Goa 1st Innings: 324 HP 1st Innings: 298/5 in 67.2 overs (Paras Dogra 139 batting, Prasanth Parmeswaran 3/49).
Bandeep’s fifty takes J&K to 428
Bandeep Singh (63) hit a fighting half-century to help Jammu and Kashmir collect some valuable runs and put on board an impressive 428 against Tripura in their Ranji Trophy Group C match, in Agartala on Friday.
J&K then bowled well to reduce the hosts to 85 for 2 at the end of Day 2 at Tripura Institute of Technology Ground.
The visitors had started their innings at 303 for 4 and added 125 runs to their overnight total before folding.
Brief Scores: Jammu & Kashmir 1st innings 428 all out in 121.2 overs (P Rasool 130, B Singh 63; A Sarkar 3/33, R Dutta 3/86) Tripura 1st innings 85 for 2 in 42 overs.(R Saha batting 34, U Bose 40; R Dayal 2/18).
Kerala make 322 against Services
Kerala rode on Rohan Prem’s century to post 322 all out in their first innings on the second day of their Ranji Trophy group C cricket match against Services in New Delhi on Friday.
In reply, the hosts also made a confident start to be 66 for no loss .
Brief Scores: Kerala: 322 all out in 151 overs (Rohan Prem 101, Sachin Baby 51, Diwesh Pathania 2/84). Services: 66/0 in 29 overs.