Saurashtra’s trusted center order trio — Sheldon Jackson, Arpit Vasavada and Chirag Jani — and opener Harvik Desai struck magnificent half-centuries to place the away aspect in a commanding place in opposition to Bengal within the Ranji Trophy last on the Eden Gardens right here on Friday.
Resuming from 81 for 2, Saurashtra felt extra at residence on the Eden than Bengal to attain 317 for 5 within the first innings and safe a considerable 143-run lead on the second day.
In the morning, in a single day batters, Harvik and Chetan Sakariya, carried on resolutely even because the Bengal pacers discovered good areas to get some buy.
Harvik (50, 79b, 8×4, 1×6) bought his fifty earlier than being trapped in entrance by Mukesh Kumar.
Nightwatchman Sakariya held on regardless of receiving a number of blows and noticed off the essential first hour. Ishan Porel bowled a particular supply to do away with the left-hander.
Jackson (59, 105b, 10×4) had scored 100 and Vasavada (81 n.o., 155b, 11×4) a double hundred within the semifinals in opposition to Karnataka. When Saurashtra wanted their service once more, the skilled duo rose to the event and displayed exemplary resolve and software so as to add 95 essential runs.
Jackson and Vasavada employed strong defence, left the great deliveries to the ‘keeper and punished the loose ones to exhibit their game awareness despite a slow scoring rate in the opening session.
As the conditions improved for batting, the two took their team past Bengal’s first innings mixture of 174 within the center interval.
Jackson, who performed some beautiful drives on the offside, scored his half-century earlier than pulling Ishan Porel to deep square-leg.
The left-handed Vasavada, who primarily lower and drove on the offside, concentrated arduous to affix arms with Jani (57 n.o., 100b, 10×4) to place Saurashtra ready of energy.
While Jani – who was dropped on 25 by Shahbaz Ahmed at deep fine-leg whereas hooking Mukesh – middled the ball and located the gaps, driving straight and flicking off his legs, Vasavada was completely happy giving firm to a different right-hander.
The Vasavada-Jani mixture fashioned an unbroken 113-run partnership as Saurashtra inflated its result in three-figure mark.
Like his team-mates, Jani deservedly reached his half-century and acquired a spherical of applause from the cricket loving spectators within the last session, which began 20 minutes late as a result of dangerous mild owing to overcast situations.
The strain of shedding floor mirrored on the drained Bengal bowlers’ wobbling efficiency. Sloppy fielding, 31 extras and imprudent use of DRS added to the host’s woes.
Bengal — 1st innings: 174
Saurashtra — 1st innings: Harvik Desai lbw b Mukesh 50, Jay Gohil b Akash Deep 6, Vishvaraj Jadeja c Abishek b Mukesh 25, Chetan Sakariya b Ishan 8, Sheldon Jackson c (sub) Pramanik b Ishan 59, Arpit Vasavada (batting) 81, Chirag Jani (batting) 57, Extras (b-18, lb-5, nb-8) 31, Total (for 5 wickets in 87 overs) 317
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-73, 3-101, 4-109, 5-204
Bengal bowling: Mukesh 27-5-83-2, Akash Deep 27-5-78-1, Ghatak 7-1-29-0, Ishan 18-2-72-2, Shahbaz 7-0-27-0, Tiwary 1-0-5-0.
Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com