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Ranji Trophy 2020 Final Day 1 Highlights: Saurashtra end on 206/5, Pujara retired hurt

Ranji Trophy 2020 Final, Saurashtra vs Bengal Highlights: Helped by Avi Barot and Vishvaraj Jadeja's fifties, Saurashtra crossed the 200-run mark.

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Updated: March 9, 2020 5:45:10 pm
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Ranji Trophy Final, Saurashtra vs Bengal Highlights: Saurashtra ended the first day of the Ranji Trophy final on 206/5 with Arpit Vasavda on the crease to resume on the next day, after captain Jaydev Unadkat won the toss and elected to bat first at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.

With two half-centuries by Avi Barot (54) and Vishvaraj Jadeja (54), Saurashtra had a decent start which propelled them past the Bengal pace attack. But Akash Deep showed his true colours as he bagged three by the end of the day, also taking the last one of the day of Chetan Sakariya to end with the figures of 3/41. Arpit Vasavda remained unbeaten at stumps on 29*, and for Bengal, both Ishan Porel and Shahbaz Ahmed scalped one each.

On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara was retired hurt in the 78th over for just 5, and he walked back to the dressing room with the team physio. It was later revealed that the batsman was suffering from a throat infection, and he felt headache and dizziness in the third session.

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Saurashtra vs Bengal, Ranji Trophy Final Day 1 Highlights:

17:08 (IST)09 Mar 2020

And with that wicket, the umpires have decided to call it a day where both the teams have had their moments. Saurashtra finished the day on 206/5 aided by two half-centuries by Avi Barot (54) and Vishvaraj Jadeja (54). Arpit Vasavda remained unbeaten at stumps on 29*, after Cheteshwar Pujara was retired hurt in the 78th over for just 5. On the other hand, Bengal's Akash Deep had a stellar first day as he finished with figures 3/41. Both Ishan Porel and Shahbaz Ahmed scalped one each.

17:02 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Akash Deep gets his third and it's utter jubilation! A brilliant delivery at full length dupes Chetan Sakariya to edge it behind to Wriddhiman Saha. The umpire initially was unmoved but review showed that the ball had "clearly touched the bat". SAU: 206/5 after 80.5 overs.

16:47 (IST)09 Mar 2020
200 up!

A single taken Arpit Vasavda (27*) and he has brought the double century for Saurashtra! Chetan Sakariya (4*) has come on for the injured Pujara, and he smacks Akash Deep for a well-placed boundary. SAU: 204/4 after 79 overs.

16:46 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Pujara walks off retired hurt
16:00 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Pujara hits boundary

Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark with a boundary as Ishan Porel bowls a loose delivery on the pads. Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha believes that they know how to get Pujara out. A big statement from the wicketkeeper but the reality is yet to be seen. SAU - 186/4 after 71 overs

15:53 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Jackson out, Pujara in

Sheldon Jackson's little cameo comes to an end. Ishan Porel gets rid of him with an inswinger hitting him on the pad. First wicket for Porel in the final and finally Cheteshwar Pujara, the top order batsman walks out to bat at No.6. SAU - 182/4 after 69 overs

15:40 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Jackson in top gear

Sheldon Jackson has walked out to bat with intent. Jackson has hit three boundaries already. He is taking the attack to the opposition with a strike rate of 200. Mukesh Kumar takes a beating. 13 runs from the over. SAU - 181/3 after 67 overs

15:32 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Akash Deep gets the breakthrough with a peach of a delivery. Visvaraj Jadeja was beautifully set up by Akash as he went through his defense with a sharp inswinger. Jadeja departs for 54. Akash gets his second wicket of the game. Meanwhile, the square leg umpire needs medical attention as he was hit by the ball on his leg when one of the Bengal fielders lobbed him the ball. Sheldon Jackson walks out to bat as Cheteshwar Pujara gets pushed further down the order. SAU - 163/3 after 65.3 overs

15:27 (IST)09 Mar 2020
50-run partnership

Vishvaraj Jadeja and Arpit Vasavada have put on 50 runs for the third wicket. Jadeja has done the bulk of scoring in the partnership. Vasavada has scored 15 runs including two boundaries. SAU - 163/2 after 65 overs

15:09 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Jadeja hits fifty

Vishvaraj Jadeja reaches his half-century with a boundary off the first ball he faces after the tea break. Good knock from the youngster in the Ranji Trophy final so far. SAU - 159/2 after 62 overs

15:05 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Tea break!

Arpit Vasavada and Vishvaraj Jadeja have put on 42 runs for the third wicket already. They have recovered well after the wicket of opener Avi Barot. With Cheteshwar Pujara still to bat, Saurashtra are in good position. SAU - 155/2 after 61 overs

14:03 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Vasavada ahead of Pujara

Arpit Vasavada has been sent ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara. The centurion of semi-final has been trusted to do the job of stabilising here. The left-handed batsman is looking to stitch a partnership with Vishvaraj Jadeja. SAU - 120/2 after 52 overs

13:47 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Barot departs

Avi Barot loses his wicket as he edges a delivery from Akash Deep to the wicketkeeper. It seemed like the faintest of edges. Barot opted for DRS and the third umpire looked at it from various angles but did not have enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision. It is quite bizarre that snickometer is not available here. SAU - 113/2 after 48.1 overs

13:16 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Avi Barot reaches his half-century from 127 deliveries. He sweeps Shahbaz Ahmed for a boundary to reach the milestone in the big game. Meanwhile, Vishwaraj Jadeja is trying to play himself in. SAU - 97/1 after 42 overs

12:58 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Bengal finally get through the opening partnership. Shahbaz Ahmed gets the breakthrough as he removes opener Harvik Desai. The Saurashtra opener departs for 38. SAU - 82/1 after 38 overs

12:12 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Bengal fail to get a breakthrough in the first session of Day 1 as Saurashtra are 77 in 35 overs for no loss with Avi Barot 39* and Harvik Desai 37*

11:34 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Desai sends it hard on the drive and gets a thick outside edge. And it is dropped. Desai punished Bengal even further by getting another four in the next bowl. On a docile track as this in Rajkot, Bengal cannot afford to drop catches like that. SAU - 64/0 after 23 overs

11:07 (IST)09 Mar 2020
50-run stand

Excellent first hour for Saurashtra in the final as Avi Barot and Harvik Desai bring up 50-run opening stand. SAU - 51/0 after 18 overs

10:41 (IST)09 Mar 2020

Barot sends one for the boundary as Saurashtra steadily make their way to 43 for no loss after 15 overs. Openers Harvik and Barot have been solid for the hosts.

10:13 (IST)09 Mar 2020
Spin into the attack

First bowling change. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed replaces Ishan Porel in the attack. Ahmed had a few close-in fielders in catching positions. He started off with a maiden over against Harvik Desai. SAU - 23/0 after 8 overs


Saurashtra Squad: Harvik Desai, Kishan Parmar, Avi Barot (w), Vishvaraj Jadeja, Sheldon Jackson, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Prerak Mankad, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Jaydev Unadkat(c), Chetan Sakariya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Snell Patel, Kamlesh Makvana, Parth Bhut

Bengal Squad: Abhishek Raman, Abhimanyu Easwaran(c), Sudip Chatterjee, Arnab Nandi, Manoj Tiwary, Anustup Majumdar, Shreevats Goswami(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashok Dinda, Koushik Ghosh, Boddupalli Amit