Jayant Yadav bowled brilliantly © Getty Images
Jayant Yadav bowled brilliantly to register a seven-wicket haul © Getty Images

Rajkot: Jan 21, 2015

Haryana‘s Jayant Yadav bagged seven wickets to bundle out Saurashtra for 238 on the opening day’s play only to see the visitors give away the advantage after losing their top three batsmen in the Group B Ranji Trophy match at Rajkot on Wednesday.

Electing to bat in the four-day encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the Jaydev Shah-led hosts started off well only to loose momentum at the introduction of spin as Yadav (seven for 64) and Yuzvendra Chahal (two for 72) spun a web around the middle and lower-order.

Chirag Jani top-scored with an unbeaten 54 only to see the last five batsmen go back to the pavilion for a mere 58 runs.

But the Sunny Singh-led Haryana failed to capitalise on Yadav’s bowling show as the visitors ended the day on 74 for three, a trail of 164 runs.

On a day of spin domination, off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana (two for 32) and left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (1-20) also combined well to pick three early wickets including that of Sunny for a duck.

Opener Rahul Dewan (35*) and Yadav (17*) are battling it out in the middle.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 238 in 59.1 overs (Chirag Jani 54*, Sagar Jogiyani 49, Sheldon Jackson 46; Jayant Yadav 7 for 64,Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 72) lead Haryana 74 for 3 in 36 overs (Rahul Dewan 35; Kamlesh Makvana 2 for 32) by 164 runs.