Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra are on top of © Getty Images (File Photo)
Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra are on top of Rajasthan © Getty Images (File Photo)

At Ranchi: Gujarat lost their last 6 wickets for 149 runs on Day Two. Resuming at 262 for 4, their innings folded for 411. Manprit Juneja fell early, but Rujul Bhatt carried on. He remained unbeaten on 145, striking at over 60, but lost partners at regular intervals. Only Chintan Gaja reached double figures.

In reply, Jharkhand are 98 for 3 at stumps. They were reduced to 39 for 3 but an unbeaten stand between Nazim Siddiqui and Ishank Jaggi steadied proceedings before stumps. Siddiqui is batting on 52*, and will have to stay for long if Jharkhand have to come close to Gujarat’s total.

Brief scores

Gujarat 411 (Samit Gohel 64, Manprit Juneja 67, Rujul Bhatt 145*, Ashish Kumar 4 for 118, Shahbaz Nadeem 3 for 106) lead Jharkhand 98 for 3 (Nizam Siddiqui 52*, Ishank Jaggi 27*; Chintan Gaja 2 for 19) by 313 runs.

At Lahli: Kerala continued to dictate terms against Haryana. They claimed Haryana’s last 2 wickets in no time, whereas their batters have stood tall as well. At 203 for 3, they will fancy their chances of earning a big lead and push Haryana to the wall. Jalaj Saxena missed a century (91), and the onus will rest on Rohan Prem (79*) to take the innings forward.

Brief scores

Haryana 208 (Guntashveer Singh 40, Shubham Rohilla 36, Rajat Paliwal 46, Amit Mishra 32; Sandeep Warrier 4 for 50, Vinod Kumar 2 for 40) lead Kerala 203 for 3 (Jalaj Saxena 91, Rohan Prem 79*; Amit Mishra 1 for 33) by 5 runs.

At Jaipur: Saurashtra finished at 534 riding on Avi Barot’s 130 and fifties from skipper Jaydev Unadkat and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. Barot fell after adding only 2 to his overnight score, but Rajasthan failed to inject regular breakthroughs. Sheldon Jackson led the charge and churned out runs with the lower order before falling for 94. The momentum was carried by Unadkat and Jadeja as the last four wickets put on 221 runs in between.

The Rajasthan openers were involved in a 60-run stand before Jadeja’s twin strikes pushed them on the back foot before end of play.

Brief scores

Saurashtra 534 (Avi Barot 130, Robin Uthappa 59, Sheldon Jackson 94, Jaydev Unadkat 88, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 79; TM Ul-Haq 2 for 112) lead Rajasthan 60 for 2 (Amitkumar Gautam 26, Chetan Bist 31; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2 for 0) by 474 runs.