Jalaj Saxena. Photo courtesy: Jalaj Saxena Facebook Page
Jalaj Saxena. Photo courtesy: Jalaj Saxena Facebook Page

At Ranchi: Jharkhand needed a spirited effort to bail themselves out against Gujarat. Trailing by 63 runs and 8 wickets in hand, they added only 77 runs on the final day. Chintan Gaja’s early strikes pushed Jharkhand on the back foot, while Hardik Patel’s 4-wicket haul rocked the lower order. Only Virat Singh managed a half-century, while Ishan Kishan was dismissed for 33.

Requiring 15 runs to complete formality, Gujarat stamped their authority with a ten-wicket victory, thus securing the bonus point.

Brief scores:

Gujarat 411 and 16 for no loss (Priyank Panchal 12*; Ajay 0 for 4) beat Jharkhand 242 and 183 (Kumar Deobrat 53, Virat Singh 52, Ishan Kishan 33; Kamlesh Thakor 2 for 30) by 10 wickets.

At Lahli: Kerala picked up bonus points courtesy an innings victory over Haryana. Resuming at 83 for 5, Haryana were bundled out for 173. There was no fight whatsoever from Amit Mishra’s side as Jalaj Saxena’s regular breakthroughs dented their progress. Saxena was adjudged Man of the Match for his 4-wicket haul and 91.

Basil Thampi and MD Nidheesh shared 5 wickets to compliment Saxena. Only Mishra and Poonish Mehta showed some resistance to avoid the inevitable.

Brief scores:

Haryana 208 and 173 (Rajat Paliwal 34, Amit Mishra 40, Poonish Mehta 32; Basil Thampi 2 for 58, Jalaj Saxena 3 for 37) lose to Kerala 389 (Jalaj Saxena 91, Rohan Prem 93, Basil Thampi 60; Ajit Chahal 5 for 90) by an innings and 8 runs.

At Jaipur: Rajasthan had an outside chance to settle for a draw against Saurashtra, and they delivered. Trailing by 246 runs with all wickets in hand, their openers led the way with a 205-run stand. Amitkumar Gautam and Chetan Bist slammed hundreds and laid a good platform.

They added runs at a brisk rate; not adhering to defensive tactics. Rajesh Bishnoi carried the momentum forward after a mini-collapse and remained unbeaten on 103 to take them to safe shores. From Saurashtra, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was most successful with 5 for 167.

Saurashtra walked away with 3 points and were eliminated. Kerala’s innings win and Gujarat s comprehensive performance against Jharkhand have ensured them to quarter-final spots from Group B.

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) drew with Rajasthan 275 and 394 for 7 (Amitkumar Gautam 100, Chetan Bist 109, Rajesh Bishnoi 103*; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 5 for 167)