Hosts Punjab put up an amazing show as they notched up their second successive bonus point when they thrashed a listless Bengal by an innings and 27 runs in a second round Ranji Trophy match in Mohali. Starting the day at 25 for 1, Bengal were all out for 226 with Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Wriddhiman Saha again trying to put up a fight with scores of 91 not out and 57 respectively. While Bengal scored 326 in their first innings. Punjab had scored a mammoth 579 for 8 declared.
Manpreet Gony was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5 for 41 and Siddharth Kaul picked up 4 for 58. The moment Saha was bowled off left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma, Bengal's resistance ended with tail showing no signs trying to complement Shukla who was taking the attack back to the opposition camp.
For Punjab, 14 points from two games is the perfect start to their campaign as their first target would be to make the knock-out stage.
Brief Scores: Bengal 326 & 226 (LR Shukla 91, W Saha 57, MS Gony 5 for 41, S Kaul 4 for 58). Points: Punjab 7; Bengal 0.
Ravindra Jadeja scored a triple century as his unbeaten innings of 303 against Gujarat helped Saurashtra earn three valuable points in the second round of the Ranji Trophy. Jadeja had scored his maiden triple century last season against Odisha. And in one of the flattest tracks on offer this season, the left-hander punished a listless Gujarat attack, adding a whopping 539 runs with wicketkeeper-batsman Sagar Jogiyani (282), who also scored a double century.
In reply to Gujarat's first-innings total of 600 for 9 declared, Saurashtra reached 716 for 3 at stumps on the fourth and final day of their Group A match, taking their lead beyond 115-run mark. In a match that ended in a dull draw, just one wicket fell on the entire day and that too a run out in the last session.
Gujarat gained just one point from this match.
Gujarat: 600 for 9 declared
Saurashtra: 716 for 3 in 180.2 overs (Ravindra Jadeja not out 303, Sagar Jogiyani 282; Rakesh Dhurv 1 for 145).
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