Medium pacer Chintan Gaja grabbed a fifer to guide Gujarat’s fight-back after they conceded a 52-run first-innings lead against Saurashtra on the third day of their Ranji Trophy semi-remaining right here on Monday.
Gaja (5/15) diminished Saurashtra to 66 for five of their second essay on the finish of the day three because the hosts took an general lead of 118 on the SCA Stadium in Khandheri.
The 25-year-outdated Ahmedabad-born Gaja bowled in the suitable areas and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. His scalps included Harvik Desai (0), Kishan Parmar (0), Avi Barot (1), Vishwaraj Jadeja (6) and first-innings centurion Sheldon Jackson (0) to diminished Saurashtra to 15 for five. But an skilled Arpit Vasavada (23 not out) and Chetan Sakariya (32 not out) stood tall against the Gujarat bowlers until stumps have been drawn.
This was after the hosts, who had posted 304, bundled out Gujarat for 252 of their first essay.
Gujarat was reeling at 155 for Eight at one stage of their first innings, however then Rujul Bhatt (71 off 212 balls) and Gaja (61 off 103 balls) joined palms to bail their aspect out by including 87 runs for the eighth wicket. It was Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat (3/86), who broke the stand by dismissing Bhatt, caught by Avi Barot. Bhatt’s dismissal paved manner for the hosts to take the primary-innings lead.
Earlier within the morning, Saurashtra’s Chirag Jani gave Gujarat a double blow after eradicating in a single day batsman Axar Patel (21) and Roosh Kalaria (0) in fast succession.
But a decided Bhatt, who caught six boundaries, stood of their manner. He discovered an ready companion in Gaja, whose knock was laced with six boundaries and 4 hits over the fence. Gujarat took lunch at 211 for 8, nonetheless adrift by 93 runs.
The duo raised Gujarat’s hopes of taking the primary-innings lead earlier than Unadkat broke the stand.
Saurashtra should bat deep on the fourth day to submit a aggressive goal for Gujarat.
Saurashtra 304 and 66/5 (Chetan Sakariya 32 batting, Chintan Gaja 5/15) v/s Gujarat 252 (Rujul Bhatt 71, Chintan Gaja 61; Jaydev Unadkat 3-86). Saurashtra lead by 118 runs.