Makvana's effort helped Saurashtra to a 174 run lead over Haryana at stumps on Day 2 © Getty Images (representational imape)
Makvana’s effort helped Saurashtra to a 174 run lead over Haryana at stumps on Day 2 © Getty Images (representational image)

Rajkot: Jan 22, 2015

Off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana bagged six wickets to give Saurashtra the advantage against Haryana on the second day of the Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here today. Trying to check Haryana’s response to their first innings score of 238 in the four-day encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Makvana spun a web to bag his 11th first-class five-wicket haul and bundle out the visitors for 226.

Building on the slim 12-run lead, the Jaydev Shah-led side finished the day on 162 for three, stretching their second-innings lead to 174. In-form Sheldon Jackson and Shah stroked delightful half-centuries to be unbeaten on 56 and 55 respectively.

The duo has stitched together an unbeaten 93-run fourth-wicket stand to frustrate the Haryana bowlers. In a dominating display of batting, Shah has hit 6 fours and a six in his 86-ball knock so far while Jackson’s watchful innings has been laced with 2 fours and a six.

Earlier starting on their overnight score of 74 for three, the Sunny Singh-led Haryana slipped further to 98 for five before a 93-run sixth-wicket partnership between Jayant Yadav (97), who had picked seven wickets in the first innings, and wicketkeeper-batsman Nitin Saini (45) brought some respectability to the innings.

But Makvana (6-87), who got the two dangermen – Jayant and Saini – back in the pavilion, and left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4-80) combined well to give the hosts a vital lead.

Brief Scores
Saurashtra 238 and 162/3 in 45 overs (Sheldon Jackson 56 not out, Jaydev Shah 55 not out; Harshal Patel 1-27) vs Harayana 226 all out in 81.4 overs (Rahul Dewan 47; Jayant Yadav 97, Nitin Saini 45; Kamlesh Makvana 6-87).