India international Ravindra Jadeja took his team Saurashtra to victory over Railways in Round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 on day four at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday.
India international Ravindra Jadeja took his team Saurashtra to victory over Railways in Round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 on day four at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday.

India international Ravindra Jadeja took his team Saurashtra to victory over Railways in Round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 on day four at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot on Thursday.

Chasing 186 to win on the final day after Railways put in a solid effort for 331 in their second innings, Saurashtra were in a spot of bother at 65/4, but Jadeja with an unbeaten 48 took his team home with three wickets in hand. He first combined with an 86-run stand with Sheldon Jackson (54) to put Saurashtra on course and then, despite, losing two more wickets, Jadeja held his nerve to see his team through.

Earlier, Jadeja’s 178 not out in the first innings had helped Saurashtra take a 148-run lead over Railways. Railways were bowled out for 200 in the first innings with Jadeja taking four wickets.

However, in the second innings, Railways batted well and scored 331 courtesy Harish Tyagi’s 93 and Anureet Singh 44. Jadeja again got three wickets in the second innings. In reply, chasing 186 to win, Railways Avinash Yadav dented Saurashtra claiming the first four wickets to fall, before Jackson and Jadeja put their team on course for a victory. Yadav finished with 5/88.

The win takes Saurashtra to nine points and to the top of the table for the time being.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 186/7 (Sheldon Jackson 54, Ravindra Jadeja 48*; Avinash Yadav 5/88) & 348 beat Railways 200 & 331 by three wickets.