By setting a massive 327-run goal for Gujarat to chase down in the Ranji Trophy semifinal, Saurashtra made a big step towards booking a berth in the summit clash.
On the fourth day of Semifinal of Ranji Topy Arpit Vasavada’s gritty 139 propelled Saurashtra at Rajkot on Tuesday.
The fiery spell of Chintan Gaja had put Gujarat back in dispute on the third day, The seventh-hundred-third-class Vasavada this season flipped the momentum for the hosts.
Courtesy of his century and useful contributions from Chetan Sakariya (45), Chirag Jani (51) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (21), In their second innings Saurashtra has recovered from a dismal 15 for five to post 274. They had a lead of 52 runs, and so the target set was 327.
Earlier, the day has resumed at 66 for five, the two broke their 90-run sixth-wicket stand as Sakariya and Vasavada were going strong before a horrible mix which resulted in the former’s dismissal.
At 105 score the hosts have lost their sixth wicket. Played the perfect second-fiddle after Jani joined Vasavada with the hosts launching for six at 155. By then, score crossed the 200-run mark as overall lead by Saurashtra.
Vasavada and Jani have managed to frustrate the Gujarat bowlers after post-lunch. Once again it was Gaja who gave the visitors the critical breakthrough by dismissing Jani in the 84th over.
This game’s winner of Ranji Trophy would collide with Bengal after beating Karnataka. Gujarat needs to gain 320 runs.