Ranji Trophy QF: Gujarat dominate, Saurashtra in command against Andhra

Ranji Trophy QF: Gujarat dominate, Saurashtra in command against Andhra

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Valsad, Feb 22 : Riding on mediumpacer Chintan Gaja's five-wicket haul, Gujarat continued to dominate the proceedings against Goa in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final, here on Saturday. Gaja, which had scored a fifty as Gujarat posted a mammoth 602/8d in the first innings, picked up five wickets, as Goa were bowled out for 173.

Goa skipper Amit Verma scored 56, but didn't get any support from the other end as Gujarat took a big 429-run lead in the first innings. The Parthiv Patel-led side then chose to bat again and ended the day at 158/1, leading Goa by 587 runs, with Samit Gohil batting on 70 and Bharag Merai scoring an unbeaten 49. At the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack, Nilkantha Das, Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar picked up three wickets each as Bengal secured a 82-run lead. Odisha, at one stage were 135/1, but Bengal struck back, scalping three quick wickets before stumps on the second day and on the third day took off from where they had left to restrict Odisha to 250.

Bengal ended the day at 79/2 and extended their overall lead to 161 runs. In Jammu, Karnataka scored 206 against Jammu and Kashmir after the match resumed following no play on the second day. While Auqib Nabi, Mujtaba Yousuf and Parvez Rasool scalped three wickets each for J&K, KV Siddharth's 76 and Manish Pandey's 37 helped Karnataka score 206. Karnataka lost skipper Karun Nair early, but Siddharth and Pandey added 61 runs from 58 balls, before the latter got out on a Yousuf's ball.

Srinivas Sharath scored 26 and Siddharth added 69 runs together to take Karnataka close to 150. Jagadeesha Suchith then chipped in with 18 runs, before Karnataka were all out for 206. In response, Jammu and Kashmir scored 88 runs for the loss of two wickets, before the close of play. In the Saurashtra versus Andhra quarterfinal in Ongole, Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja scalped four and three wickets respectively, as Saurashtra bowled out Andhra for 136 to secure a 283-run lead.

Before the close of play, Saurashtra scored 93 runs for the loss of two wickets and extended their overall lead to 376 runs. (UNI)