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Ranji Trophy: Saurashtra rides on Parth Bhut’s fifer to beat Punjab and attain semifinals

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After 5 days of high-intensity cricket, Saurashtra rode on Parth Bhut’s maiden five-for (5 for 89) to defeat Punjab by 71 runs and storm into the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy.

It was an outing to recollect for the left-arm spinner Bhut on the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium as he initially bailed Saurashtra out with a century within the first innings and a 51 within the second essay, after which tore aside Punjab middle-order.

Chasing 252 – a difficult goal on a floor that aided the spinners because the day progressed – Punjab resumed the proceedings at 52 for two with debutant Pukhraj Mann (42, 119b, 5×4, 1×6) and nightwatchman Siddharth Kaul round.

But on the final ball of the fifth over, Bhut pitched it fuller exterior off and despite the fact that Kaul defended it on the entrance foot, he ended up getting an out of doors edge and was caught by Vishvarajsinh Jadeja at slip.

Captain Mandeep Singh (45, 128b, 4×4) tried forging a stand with Mann however quickly after the visiting group crossed the 100-run mark, Mann was trapped in entrance by Yuvrajsinh Dodiya.

In the following over, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who bagged three wickets, dented Punjab’s hopes additional as Nehal Wadhera fell to a poor umpiring resolution. Dharmendrasinh bought the ball to bounce unexpectedly, and Wadhera shouldered arms. The ball shot up, and it seemed to have gone off his elbow to the wicketkeeper, however the on-field umpire raised his fingers, a lot to Punjab’s shock.

Trailing by 123 runs at lunch, Punjab hoped for its captain and the skilled Anmolpreet Singh to information the group house. But as Bhut tightened the noose, Punjab middle-order crumbled beneath strain.

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Anmolpreet, who seemed comfy, was dropped at gully firstly of the second session, however he didn’t survive longer and was dismissed by Dodiya, shortly after Punjab introduced up its 150. A flat supply bought a bat-pad and went to the brief leg fielder Snell Patel.

As the Saurashtra gamers rejoiced, Punjab hoped for a turnaround. With captain Mandeep caught at gully and Mayank Markande permitting Bhut to finish his fifer after providing an edge to Prerak Mankad at first slip, Punjab’s hopes of constructing it to the last-four went up within the smoke because it was bundled out for 180.

Saurashtra will play Karnataka within the semifinals.

Scoreboard:

Saurashtra (1st innings): 303

Punjab (1st innings): 431

Saurashtra (2nd innings): 379

Punjab (2nd innings): Prabhsimran Singh lbw Bhut 22, Naman Dhir c Jackson b Bhut 11, Pukhraj Mann lbw Dodiya 42, Siddharth Kaul c Vishvarajsinh Jadeja b Bhut 10, Mandeep Singh c Vishvarajsinh Jadeja b Bhut 45, Nehal Wadhera c Desai b Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2, Anmolpreet Singh c Patel b Dodiya 26, Anmol Malhotra c Desai b Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 16, Mayank Markande c Mankad b Bhut 2, Vinay Choudhary c Desai b Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3, Baltej Singh not out 1.

Extras: 0;

Total: (in 89.1 overs) 180

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-50, 3-66, 4-104, 5-107, 6-156, 7-160, 8-166, 9-179, 10-180.

Saurashtra Bowling: Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 38.1-13-56-3, Bhut 33-6-89-5, Dodiya 18-5-35-2.

Source web site: sportstar.thehindu.com

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