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Ranji Trophy Group B: Vidharba, Gujarat claim three points

Vidarbha and Gujarat claim three points each after draws with Saurashtra and Punjab respectively.

By: Press Trust of India | Published: January 16, 2015 9:05:40 pm
Faiz Fazal, Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy, Cricket Vidarbha openers Faiz Fazal (R) scored 55 and Sachin Katariya (L) scored an unbeateb 50. (Source: PTI)

Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara’s 28th first-class century couldn’t provide Saurashtra with a first innings lead as Vidarbha got three points by virtue of huge first innings lead of 284 runs in a Ranji match.

Chasing Vidarbha’s huge score of 583 for nine declared, Saurashtra could manage only 309 despite being comfortably placed at 205 for two at one stage. Off-spinner Akshay Wakhare took 5/89 in 47 overs.

The last five wickets fell for 58 runs as Saurashtra started the day at 251 for five at stumps on the third day.

Without enforcing follow-on, Vidarbha were interested in getting some batting practice as they scored 116 for two as
openers Faiz Fazal (55) and Sachin Katariya (50 no) scored half-centuries.

Brief Scores: Vidarbha 583/9 decl & 116/2 (Sachin Katariya 50 no, Faiz Fazal 55). Saurashtra 1st Innings 309 (Cheteshwar Pujara 114, Akshay Wakhare 5/89). Points: Vidarbha 3; Saurashtra 1.

Punjab manage a point vs Gujarat, stay in 2nd position

Title contenders Punjab maintained their second position in the group table despite managing a single point against Gujarat in a Ranji match.

A match which turned out to be a first innings contest saw Punjab get all out for 362 in reply to Gujarat’s mammoth
first innings total of 513.

It was match that all-rounder Rujul Bhatt would like to remember as he got five for 44 with his off-breaks after having scored a fine 150 during Gujarat innings.

Punjab remain second in the group with 19 points from six games while Gujarat with 15 from five is fourth in the table.

Brief Scores: Gujarat 513/8 decl. Punjab 362 all out (Taruwar Kohli 71, Uday Kaul 77, Rujul Bhatt 5/44, Nilesh Chauhan 3/120) & 120/1 (Uday Kaul 67 no, Taruwar Kohli 47 no). Match Drawn. Points: Gujarat 3; Punjab 1.


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