Ranji Trophy 2012: Ravindra Jadeja slams ton as Saurashtra fightback hard against Gujarat

Ravindra Jadeja is batting on 119 after picking up four wickets with the ball Getty Images

Surat: Nov 11, 2012

Unbeaten centuries by Sagar Jogiyani and Ravindra Jadeja helped Saurashtra reach 323 for two in their first innings at stumps on day three in reply to Gujarat’s 600 for nine in a Ranji Trophy A match at Surat on Sunday.

Saurashtra now trail Gujarat by 277 runs with eight wickets still in hand.

Only two wickets fell on the entire day after Saurashtra resumed on 42 for no loss at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.

At the draw of stumps, Jogiyani was not out on 116 off 265 balls with the help of 15 fours, while Jadeja was unbeaten on 119 off 183 balls, studded with 15 fours and two sixes.

Saurashtra lost both their overnight batsmen — Chirag Pathak and Bhushan Chauhan — early, but Jogiyani and Jadeja did not let the visitors’ down.

The duo put on an unbeaten 203-run stand together for the third wicket to keep alive Saurashtra’s chances of earning three points on the basis of first innings lead in a match that is heading for a draw.

After Pathak added only three runs to his overnight score of 24, his opening partner Chauhan also failed to last long as he got out for 43 after resuming the day on 18.

But Jogiyani and Jadeja denied anymore wickets to the host bowlers.

For Saurashtra, Rakesh Dhurv (1/53) and Ishwar Chaudhary (1/87) took wickets apiece.

Brief scores: Gujarat 600 for 9 decl (Rujul Bhatt 160*, Manprit Juneja 159; Ravindra Jadeja 4 for 125) lead Saurashtra 323 for 2 (Sagar Jogiyani 116*, Ravindra Jadeja 119* ; Rakesh Dhurv 1 for 53) by 277 runs