Ishank Jaggi scored 103* for Jharkhand     PTI (file photo)
Ishank Jaggi scored 103* for Jharkhand PTI (file photo)

Saurashtra continued to top Group B standings in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 after second round of games. Saurashtra thrashed Jammu & Kashmir by an innings and 212 runs on Day 3, while in other matches that went into Day 4; Gujarat edged past Kerala to gain a 4 wicket win as final match between Team Rajasthan and Jharkhand ended in a draw.

Needing 83 runs to win, Gujarat started final day on a poor note losing players like Chintan Gajaa, Priyank Panchal, Manprit Juneja, Bhargav Merai and Rujul Bhatt in pairs at regular intervals.

It was only Panchal and Merai, who resisted Kerala bowlers making 30 and 21 runs respectively. It was skipper Parthiv Patel and Chirag Gandhi that survived s hostile spell of bowling and guided Gujarat to a 4 wicket win.

Patel remained unbeaten on 18, while Gandhi was not out on 11 as Gujarat reached their target of 106 runs in 42.3 overs. Jalaj Saxena yet again stared with the ball picking 2 for 18 in his 14.

Man of the Match: Siddarth Desai (3 for 90 & 6 for 80)

Kerala 208 (Sanju Samson 51; Piyush Chawla 5 for 69) and 203 (Sachin Baby 59, Arun Karthik 68; Siddharth Desai 6 for 80) lost to Gujarat 307 (Samit Gohel 69; Chirag Gandhi 91; Akshay Chandran 3 for 52, MD Nidheesh 3 for 58) and 106 for 6 (Priyank Panchal 30, Bhargav Merai 21; Jalaj Saxena 2 for 18) by 4 wickets.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Day 3, Group B highlights and results: Saurashtra register innings win over Jammu and Kashmir; Rajasthan, Gujarat edge closer to win
Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Day 3, Group B highlights and results: Saurashtra register innings win over Jammu and Kashmir; Rajasthan, Gujarat edge closer to win

In the second match of the day, Jharkhand were able to keep Team Rajasthan at bay. Starting the day still 25 runs behind, visitors took lead thanks to a brilliant century by Nazim Siddiqui. He quickly completed his hundred in 142 ball but got out on next delivery.

Jharkhand received a mini-jolt with Virat Singh, Siddiqui and Saurabh Tiwary getting out within 10 runs. It was then that Ishank Jaggi and Ishan Kishan held their own against Pankaj Singh and Tajinder Singh Dhillion.

The pair without any hurry took Jharkhand past the 200-run mark by lunch. Jaggi soon reached his fifty in 102-balls. The pair added 63 runs, before Kishan gave his wicket away for 67-ball 33.

Kaushal Singh joined Jaggi and kept things steady for his side. The pair gave Jharkhand a 150+ lead before Kaushal was stumped for 39 of Mahipal Lomror.

Sunny Gupta joined Jaggi in the middle.

Jaggi recorded his hundred in 193 deliveries with Jharkhand on 332 for 6.

With 13 overs remaining in the day, both teams decided to end the game in a draw with Team Rajasthan taking 3 points courtesy first innings lead, while Jharkhand were handed a point. Amitkumar Gautam was awarded the man of the match for his 107 in the first innings for Team Rajasthan.

Team Rajasthan 423 (Amitkumar Gautam 107, Tajinder Singh 134; Sunny Gupta 3 for 76, Ashish Kumar 3 for 83) drew Jharkhand 265 (Saurabh Tiwary 83, Ishan Kishan 50; Pankaj Singh 4 for 48) and 332 for 6 (Nazim Siddiqui 100, Ishan Jaggi 103*; Pankaj Singh 3 for 53).

Man of the Match: Amitkumar Gautam