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Making his debut in this Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season, left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya claimed his maiden six-wicket haul as Saurashtra bowled out Maharashtra for 247 in their first innings to gain a healthy 151-run lead on Sunday. Following on in their second dig, Maharashtra were 157/3, leading by six runs.

Resuming at their overnight score of 87/3 in the first dig, the 57-run partnership between Kedar Jadhav (overnight on 35) and captain Ankit Bawne was broken after Sakariya cleaned up the opposition skipper for 14 off 43. Rohit Motwani added 11 before he was sent back by Jaydev Unadkat.

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Jadhav, meanwhile, rallied on to bat for an impressive 99 off 155, but missed out on his century after he was castled by Kamlesh Makwana. The India allrounder tonked 12 boundaries and one six in his knock.

Jadhav s dismissal triggered a mid-innings collapse with A Palkar, Rahul Tripathi, Anupam Sanklecha and Satyajeet Bachhav all falling to the pace of Sakariya, who snapped the remaining four wickets in the next eight overs.

Sakariya returned with exceptional bowling figures his best in first-class cricket in his third match with six for 63 in his 17.2 overs.

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Following on in their second innings, Maharashtra lose opener Chirag Khurana early for 15. JS Pande didn t last long and departed for 26 off Sakriya. Rahul Tripathi and Motwani then stitched a 49-run partnership for the third wicket before Tripathi s blazing 16-ball 38, an innings that was laced with five boundaries and two sixes was brought to an end by Dharmendrasinh Jadeja.

At stumps, Motwani and Bawne were engaged in a 40-run partnership with the duo batting on 65 and 13 respectively.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 247 (Kedar Jadhav 99; Chetan Sakariya 6/63) & 157/3 (Rohit Motwani 65) lead Saurashtra 398 by 6 runs