Led by Arzan Nagwaswalla’ three wickets, Gujarat bowlers produced a disciplined present and restricted Saurashtra to 217 for 5 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal Saurashtra on Saturday.
For the hosts, solely Sheldon Jackson (69 not out) was in a position to convert his begin on the SCA stadium.
Initially, it appeared Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel’s determination to put Saurashtra in backfired, however the bowlers made a splendid comeback and pegged the hosts again on two events.
Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai (35) and Kishan Parmar (37) gave the hosts a sedate begin and negated the early problem nicely, particularly the questions posed by medium pacer Chitan Gaja (0-42).
Parmar received a life when he was caught off a no ball after which he survived a couple of thick edges. Gujarat missed one other probability as Roosh Kalaria dropped Parmar on 36. Despite the reprieves, Parmar couldn’t convert his begin and was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-47). The openers added 62 runs for the primary wicket.
Avi Barot (27) then joined Desai as Saurashtra took lunch at 87 for one.
However, publish lunch Gujarat bagged two wickets in two overs. First, Desai departed after being caught by Bhargav Merai off medium pacer Nagwaswalla (3-40), and within the very subsequent over, Barot performed recklessly and was caught by Dhruv Ravel, because the hosts slipped to 102 for 3.
Then, Vishwaraj Jadeja (26) and senior professional Jackson, steadied the ship and lifted Saurashtra to 160 for 3 at tea.
But, proper after tea, Nagwaswalla grabbed two wickets in two balls to depart Saurashtra tottering at 162 for 5. Jadeja edged to Parthiv and senior professional Arpit Vasavada was caught by Rujul Bhatt. His double blow introduced Gujarat again into the sport.
The fall of wickets didn’t trouble Jackson, who stood agency on the different finish. He hammered 9 boundaries and two towering sixes in his unbeaten knock. He additionally discovered an in a position allay in Chirag Jani (16 not out) as the 2 rebuilt the innings with their unbroken 55-run stand.
Saurashtra 217/5 (Sheldon Jackson 69 no; Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 3-40) versus Gujarat.