Ranji Trophy 2012: Kamlesh Makvana scores half-century to keep Saurashtra's hopes alive against Rajasthan

India Test player Cheteshwar Pujara managed to score just three runs for Saurashtra against Rajasthan © AFP

Jaipur: Dec 23, 2012

A fighting half century by Kamlesh Makvana ( 54*) kept Saurashtra in the hunt for the first innings lead against defending champions Rajasthan on the second day of their Ranji Trophy league match at Jaipur on Sunday.

Saurashtra were 213 for seven with Sandip Maniar giving company to Makvana at the crease on 18 at close at the K L Saini Stadium at Mansarovar.

Makvana has so far faced 104 balls for his unbeaten 54 which he made with the help of five boundaries.

India Test player Chteshwar Pujara could score just three runs from 15 balls as Saurashtra struggled initially.

The visitors are still 86 run behind with three first innings wickets in hand.

Rituraj Singh (3 for 53) and Pankaj Singh (2 for 54) were the most successful bowlers for Rajasthan while Sumit Mathur and Saurabh Chouhan grabbed one wicket each.

Earlier, Rajasthan resumed at overnight score of 268 for nine were all out for 299 as their first innings folded with the fall of Dishant Yagnik (46).