Saurashtra lost their previous match against Jharkhand in this tournament    Getty Images (File Photo)
Saurashtra lost their previous match against Jharkhand in this tournament Getty Images (File Photo)

Saurashtra, being put to bat first, were bundled out for 301 while Vidarbha started their innings and ended their day at 4 for no loss at end of Day 1 of Round 7, Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Sheldon Jackson s century kept Saurashtra ahead through the day with his knock of 116 and Chirag Jani joined along and reached his fifty. Smit Patel tried to add some spice in the top-order but failed to go past his fifty. There were very few players who stood tall amidst the tumbling players. Rajnessh Gurbani took maximum wickets for Vidarbha ending the day with figures of 4 for 85. Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav got two wickets each to dismantle Saurashtra. FULL Cricket Score, Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 7

Saurashtra lost their first wicket when they reached 32. Gurbani drew first blood and also got hold of his second target Samarth Vyas when the batting side was playing on 32. Shrikant Wagh got a solo wicket to end Patel s innings at 40. Gurbani played a crucial role to end Jackson s innings at 227. The 64 and 68 th over saw consecutive wickets of Jaydev Unadkat and Deepak Punia. Similarly the 82 and 86th over saw consecutive fall of wickets to end the Saurasthra innings. The highest partnership was built between Jackson and Prerak Mankad, stitching 60-run stand for fifth wicket.

The partnership built further between Jackson and Jani of 66 runs for the sixth wicket. Vidarbha and Saurashtra are lying below the table and this win becomes important as there are just two more rounds left to decide who goes to the next level.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra 301 (Sheldon Jackson 116, Chirag Jani 78; Rajneesh Gurbani 4 for 85) lead Vidarbha 4/0 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 5*, Faiz Fazal 1*; Vandit Jivrajani 0 for 4)