Home > News >

Ranji Trophy 2012: Saurashtra poised for outright victory as Bengal struggle in mamoth chase

Ranji Trophy 2012: Saurashtra poised for outright victory as Bengal struggle in mamoth chase

At stumps on the third day, Bengal were precariously placed at 65 for three chasing a huge target of 431 runs against Saurashtra © Getty Images

Rajkot: Dec 10, 2012

A determined Saurashtra team is closing in on a huge victory over a listless Bengal in a Ranji Trophy Group A league encounter at Rajkot on Monday.

At stumps on the third day, Bengal were precariously placed at 65 for three chasing a huge target of 431 runs.

With skipper Manoj Tiwary unable to bat in the second innings due to serious back injury, the fragile Bengal batting doesn’t have the wherewithal to bat out an entire day on a track that has offered appreciable turn to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and offie Kamlesh Makvana.

Saurashtra declared their second innings at 333 for eight courtesy an unbeaten 118 by Sheldon Jackson who hit 17 boundaries and a six in his 217 ball knock. The foundation of the Saurashtra innings was 116-run stand for the sixth wicket between Jackson and Aarpit Vasavada.

Iresh Saxena returned with figures of 6/133 and a best-ever match-haul of 11/150.

The Bengal batting which has floundered on road during this season again started on an ominous note with veteran opener Arindam Das (4) being trapped leg before by medium pacer Saurya Sanandiya in the second over.

‘IPL specialist’ Debabrata Das came in and banged three boundaries in T20 mode but offie Makvana saw his back after Nayan Doshi held onto a catch. Das made 12.

Wriddhiman Saha who bailed Bengal out of trouble on the final day against Mumbai wasn’t successful this time as Jadeja trapped him with an arm ball after scoring only 3.

At 28 for three, Rohan Banerjee (28*) and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (18*) saw off the remaining 21 overs but their real test will be on Tuesday when they have to negotiate the Saurashtra spin-trio on an ever-deteriorating pitch without their best batsman.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 209 & 333/8 dec (Sheldon Jackson 118*, Ravindra Jadeja 68, Aarpit Vasavada 59, Iresh Saxena 6 for 133) lead Bengal 112 & 65 for 3 (Rohan Banerjee 28* , Ravindra Jadeja 1 for 19) 365 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham


Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts


India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston


Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England

VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England

Michael Clarke hamstring injury: Scan reveals some damage

Kevin Pietersen disgusted after cricket experts say England can’t win World Cup 2015

India played a perfect game against England in 4th ODI, says MS Dhoni

Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing It My Way: What cricket lovers would expect from his autobiography

Ajinkya Rahane strengthens his case to open in ODIs; but will Rohit Sharma’s return push him back to No 4?

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI: Highlights

38 entries from cricket’s obsolete lexicon

Australia vs South Africa 5th ODI at Harare — Highlights

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

100 Days of Modi Government: Top 5 controversies

Lenovo A536 affordable Android KitKat smartphone launched in India, priced at Rs 8,999

Australia beat South Africa by 62 runs; reach tri-series final

Latest Ebola News: Death toll in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaches 31

Sony QX1 E-Mount lens camera press photos leaked, to bring interchangeable camera lenses to your smartphone

What is endometriosis?

Hrithik Roshan not doing Hollywood film Step Up 6?

Happy New Year song Indiawaale: Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s dance anthem is addictive!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here