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Ranji Trophy Q-F Day 5 highlights: Saurashtra beat Punjab by 71 runs, Parth Bhut five wickets

Ranji Trophy Quarterfinals highlights: Saurashtra will face Karnataka in the semifinals.

Saurashtra's Parth Bhut picks up five wickets to take his team into the semi finals of Ranji Trophy against Punjab. (BCCI)

Ranji Trophy 2023, Quarter Final Live Score Updates: Saurashtra beat Punjab by 71 runs to reach the semifinal of the Ranji Trophy. Chasing 252 runs in the final innings Punjab capitulated for 180 runs. Parth Bhut was the pick of the bowlers for Saurashtra by picking five wickets. Saurashtra will face Karnataka in the semifinals in another mouth-watering clash Bengal will face Madhya Pradesh.

In another quarterfinal on Friday Bengal beat Jharkhand by nine wickets while defending champions Madhya Pradesh clinched a five-wicket win against perhaps the most surprising side of the season Andhra, who had pipped Mumbai and Maharashtra to win a quarterfinal berth from the Elite Group B alongside Saurashtra.

The most one-sided of all four quarterfinals were played out between Uttarakhand and Karnataka which saw the latter seal innings and 281-run win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

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Ranji Trophy Quarterfinals Day 5 highlights Catch all the highlights from Punjab vs Saurashtra quarterfinal.

14:52 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Qualified for Semifinals
14:50 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Saurashtra win by 71 runs

That's that folks. We have our semifinal lineups. Saurashtra in an intense battle has beaten Punjab. Punjab has been brilliant for the first four days of the game. However, when it mattered these sides capitulated to the Saurashtra spinners.

14:42 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Close call

Barth induces the outside edge of Baltej which the first slip claims to have taken. However, the decision was sent upstairs by the umpire after watching several replays the TV Umpire came to the decision of the ball touching the ground. Punjab lives to fight another day.

PUN 180/9

14:36 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: nine down
14:27 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Saurashtra almost there

Dharmendra Jadeja has picked up the ninth wicket of the innings. It is now looking inevitable for Punjab it is a matter of when if not if. The spinners have picked up all nine wickets in the second innings.

PUN 175/9

14:19 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Star of the show
14:13 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: New ball available

A new ball is available for Saurashtra. But the skipper seems to be quite content with the way things have been going so far. The old ball is playing kind of tricks here. The tactics from Saurashtra have been sensational on this final day.

PUN 175/8

14:06 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Punjab looking to go down swinging

Punjab batters are looking to attack the spinners. On the surface that is turning a lot of Punjab batters have realised there is no point in blocking and making the bowlers tire eventually a ball with their name of theirs will come.

PUN 171/8

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13:57 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Its looking grim for Punjab

Punjab have now lost the eighth wicket. Markande trying to cut the ball ends up giving a simple catch at the first slip. Saurashtra has been brilliant on the final day even without their stalwart cricketers.

PUN 168/8

13:47 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Mandeep falls

Parth has been the star of the show for Saurashtra in the second innings. He picked up his fourth wicket to dismiss Punjab skipper Mandeep. Saurashtra is knocking down the door of the semifinal once again.

PUN 160/7

13:42 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Anmolpreet Singh departs

Much needed a breakthrough for Saurashtra. Punjab is now into the tailenders. The responsibility falls on the shoulders of the skipper Mandeep Singh to take Punjab home from this difficult situation.

PUN 156/6

13:19 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: 150 up! for Punjab
12:55 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Brilliant spell by Dharamendrasinh

His lines and lengths have been brilliant. He is probing around the off-stump region asking the batter the right questions. Because of the turn and bounce on the surface, he is troubling the batters. The batters are struggling to make a decision.

SAU 139/5

12:46 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Welcome back

The Punjab batters have come to all guns blazing in this session. They are willing to take the attacking route. On the surface that is adding spin the batters have realised, there is no point in sitting and blocking the ball hoping for the poor ball to appear.

SAU 133/5

12:10 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Lunch break

At lunch break on day-5 Punjab is om 129/5. Skipper Mandeep Singh and Anmolpreet Singh are at the crease. They still need 123 runs from 61 overs. They have enough time to do it however, the wickets column is the problem. Saurashtra has been brilliant they would like to continue what they have been doing so far which is picking up wickets regularly. 

12:04 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Punjab rebuild

Captain Mandeep Singh and Anmolpreet Singh have built a small but steady partnership after the fall of Nehal. The runs are coming at snails pace as Saurashtra continue to toil hard.DharmendraSinh, Parth and Yuvrajsinh Dodiya are the three bowlers used so far. PUN: 120/5, need 132 more runs to win

11:33 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: OUT! Poor Umpiring

OUT! Dharmendrasinh Jadeja snares Nehal Wadhera but the batter does not look happy. The ball bounced quite a bit and Nehal shouldered arms and it does seem like the ball went off his elbow to the keeper. UH-OH! Nehal didn't glove it yet is given out. NO DRS AVAILABLE. Poor Umpiring by Nikhil Patwardhan. Nehal is gone for 2. PUN: 107/5, need 145 more runs to win

11:22 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Punjab go four down

WICKET! Pukhraj Mann is gone for 42 off 119 balls. Yuvrajsinh Dodiya strikes for Saurashtra. Just moments before he survived a close call. PUN: 104/4, need 148 runs more to win 

10:53 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: 100 up for Punjab

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja bowls it full and straight but Mandeep Singh goes down on his knees and sweeps past the square-leg boundary for a much-needed boundary. The pressure eases a bit. And with that the hundred comes up for Punjab. Time for drinks.

10:01 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: OUT!

Gone! Punjab have lost Siddharth Kaul for 10. Kaul gets an outside edge and the ball flies straight to the slip fielder. Parth Bhut bags his first wicket of the day. PUN: 66/3, Punjab need 185 runs in the remaining 83 overs

09:57 (IST)04 Feb 2023
Ranji Trophy Live: Hello and Welcome

Punjab have resumed at 53/2, requiring 200 more runs to seal the deal. Siddharth Kaul gets the first runs on the board for Punjab as he finds the boundary on the leg side.

“I want to play Tests for India” Avesh Khan eyes India comeback after 35 wickets this season

As Andhra took a 151-run first-innings lead, Madhya Pradesh coach Chandrakant Pandit had a long hard chat with his players in the dressing room. If Madhya Pradesh wished to retain their title, they needed some extraordinary fight back.

“We had a long session on the third day and Pandit sir was clear that if we want to play like a champion team (MP are defending champions) then we need to get them out within 100 runs so that batsmen get a chance to score at least 250 runs. To prove that we are indeed a champion team, we wanted to do it somehow; luckily it went as we planned,” Avesh Khan said. [Read more]

Avesh Khan in action. (FILE)

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First published on: 04-02-2023 at 09:48 IST
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