Rajasthan claimed a big morale-boosting victory over Services, after conceding a first innings lead in round two of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite C match at the the Sawai Maan Singh Stadium, Jaipur on Thursday.
Rajasthan claimed a big morale-boosting victory over Services, after conceding a first innings lead in round two of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite C match at the the Sawai Maan Singh Stadium, Jaipur on Thursday.

Rajasthan claimed a big morale-boosting victory over Services, after conceding first-innings lead in round two of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite C match at the the Sawai Maan Singh Stadium, Jaipur on Thursday.

Set a daunting target of 357, Rajasthan rode on openers AV Gautam (159) and Chetan Bist’s (78) 170-run stand in 77 overs that laid the foundation for a remarkable victory. Robin Bist and Ashok Maneria added 30 and 36, respectively, before RK Bishnoi (26*) and TN Dhillion (10*) took the team home in 125 overs.

Earlier, Rajasthan were shot down for 136 in their first innings after Services had posted 228. In their second dig, Services managed 264 with Rahul Singh making 107, setting Rajasthan a big target. But, Bist and Gautam ended day three on 95/0 and while Bist departed early on the final day on 78 to Nitin Tanwar, Gautam held fort and played out 344 deliveries for his 159, studded with 13 fours and six sixes before falling with just 35 runs more needed to win.

This is Rajasthan’s second straight win.

Brief scores: Rajasthan 357/5 (AV Gautam 159, Chetan Bist 78; Nitin Tanwar 3/82) & 136 beat Services 228 & 264 by five wickets.