Live Cricket Score Saurashtra vs Bengal, SAU vs BEN, Ranji Trophy 2019-20 Final, Day 1, Rajkot, March 9 Match Time

Tea taken, Saurashtra 155/3 – They scored 78 runs in the session losing two wickets in 26 overs. Vishvarajsinh Jadeja 37*, Arpit Vasavada 148

Second wicket for Bengal – Akash Deep removes Avi Barot caught behind for 54 – Saurashtra 113/2

50 for Avi Barot off 148 balls. Saurashtra 98/1

Shahbaz Ahmed gets the breakthrough for Bengal. Harvik Desai gone for 38.

Saurashtra Reach 77/0 at lunch. Harvik Desai 37 off 101 balls. Avi Barot 39 off 110 balls. Bengal sent down 35 overs in the first session

50 up for Saurashtra – Harvik Desai 20*, Avi Barot 29* – Saurashtra 50/0

Akash Deep replaces Mukesh Kumar

Nine overs done, and Saurashtra have reached 31 for no loss. Harvik Desai is on 13, Avi Barot on 18

Harvik Desai and Barot are at the crease. Harvik Desai is on strike. Ishan Porel will open the attack

BENGAL: A R Easwaran (C),Akash Deep ,Sudip Chatterjee,Manoj Tiwary,Wriddhiman Saha (W),Anustup Majumdar,Arnab Nandi,Mukesh Kumar,Ishan Porel,Shahbaz,Sudip Kumar Gharami

SAURASHTRA: C Pujara,A A Barot (W),A V Vasavada,Chirag Jani,D A Jadeja,Sheldon Jackson,Prerak Mankad,J Unadkat (C),H Desai ,Chetan Sakariya,Vishvarajsinh Jadeja

TOSS: Saurashtra win the toss and elect to bat first

Hello and welcome to our live blog of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 final between Saurashtra and Bengal at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot starting Friday.

MATCH PREVIEW

aurashtra, led by inspirational Jaydev Unadkat, will back themselves to win an elusive Ranji Trophy title at home but a buoyant Bengal will be no pushovers in what promises to be an absorbing final beginning here on Monday.

Both the teams are desperate to go all the way with Saurashtra reaching their fourth final in eight seasons while Bengal has not tasted success in the premier domestic event since the 1989-90 triumph.

While Bengal bulldozed over the mighty Karnataka in the semifinals, Saurashtra edged out Gujarat in a see-saw contest at the SCA Stadium, which is also the venue for the final.

There will also be star power on display with Test regulars Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha joining the Saurashtra and Bengal squads respectively, having returned from New Zealand.

In fact, Pujara was very much Saurasthra’s 12th man with Unadkat being in constant touch with his senior teammate during the hard-fought semifinal. Now his physical presence in the all-important game will be a big boost to the side.

Saurashtra would not have ended up on the right side of the result against Gujarat if it wasn’t for Unadkat, who has had a sensational run this season with 65 wickets at an average of 12.17 and is three shy of the all-time record of 68 scalps, set by Bihar spinner Ashutosh Aman last season.

The left-arm pacer single-handedly led his team on day five earlier this week with a seven-wicket haul on a flat surface, including the scalps of a set Parthiv Patel and Chiragh Gandhi, who had brought Gujarat back in the game from a hopeless 63 for five while chasing 327.

Unadkat’s stellar performances over the course of the season has put him back in national reckoning but in his own words, they would count for little if the team doesn’t go all the way.

Not just with the ball, he also inspired with his captaincy and one example of that was when he promoted number 11 Chetan Sakariya, who shared a crucial 90-run stand with Arpit Vasavada (139) after the hosts collapsed to 15 for five.

The skipper is leading from the front but will expect more from his fellow pacers who have not done much to write about this season.

Besides Pujara, the team’s leading run-getter Sheldon Jackson will be expected to shoulder the batting responsibilities.

Saurashtra will be wary of Bengal’s potent pace attack which fashioned their comprehensive win over eight-time champions Karnataka.

The pace trio of Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep were on fire in the semifinal and has contributed significantly to the team’s overall success.

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed has come of age this season and is the team’s joint highest wicket-taker with 30 scalps alongside Kumar and Akash Deep.

The onus in the batting department lies on veteran Manoj Tiwary, who has been the team’s leading run-getter with 672 runs from 10 games but has not fired after his couple of match-winning half-centuries on a challenging track in Patiala.

The role of head coach Arun Lal also cannot be overlooked in Bengal’s first final appearance after 13 years.

Teams (from): Saurashtra: Cheteshwar Pujara, Jaydev Unadkat (c), Chirag Jani, Kamlesh Makvana, Sheldon Jackson, Arpit Vasavada, Kushang Patel, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avi Barot , Divyaraj Chauhan, Snell Patel, Vandit Jivrajani, Samarth Vyas, Prerak Mankad, Jay Chauhan, Harvik Desai (wk), Kishan Parmar, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Parth Bhut.

Bengal: Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashok Dinda, Shreevats Goswami, Anustup Majumdar, Arnab Nandi, Sudip Chatterjee, Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Writtick Chatterjee, Koushik Ghosh, Mukesh Kumar, Sayan Ghosh, Ishan Porel, Nilkantha Das, Agniv Pan, Ayan Bhattacharjee, Abhishek Raman, Boddupalli Amit, Ritwik Chowdhury, Prayas Barman, Shahbaz Ahmed, Karan Lal, Akash Deep, Shreyan Chakraborty, Kazi Saifi, Ramesh Prasad.