Rajkot, Mar 3 : Aarpit Vasavada's hundred, Chirag Jani's fifty and Chetan Sakariya's 45 helped Saurashtra set a challenging 327-run target for Gujarat on the fourth day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final, here on Tuesday. Vasavada and Sakariya, who had joined forces when Saurashtra were reduced to 15/5 following Chintan Gaja's fiery bowling display on Day 3, added 90 runs together before Gujarat managed to break the partnership, dismissing Sakariya.
However, Vasavada and Jani denied Gujarat any immediate success, as the pair added 109 runs from 236 deliveries to push Gujarat past 210. While Saurashtra lost Jani and Prerak Mankad in quick succession, Vasavada and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja added 41 runs before Saurashtra's innings ended at 274 with Vasavada's dismissal. For Gujarat, Gaja picked up seven wickets as Saurashtra set a 327-run target for the Parthiv Patel-led side.
Needing 327 runs to win, Gujarat lost Priyank Panchal and ended the day at 7/1. Gujarat now needed 320 runs to win on the last and fifth day of the semi-final clash. The winner of this game will face Bengal, who made to the final after defeating Karnataka. Brief Scores: Saurashtra 304 and 274 (Arpit Vasavada 139, Chirag Jani 51; Chintan Gaja 7/71) v/s Gujarat 252 and 7/1. (UNI)