Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Elite A, Round 6, Day 4: Saurashtra trounce Maharashtra by five wickets to top group

With the win, Saurashtra have topped group A with 25 points to leave Gujarat, currently occupying the second spot with 18 points.

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Left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja claimed a maiden seven-wicket haul that included a hat-trick to star in Saurashtra’s thumping five-wicket win over Maharashtra in their Round 6 Elite A match of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season at Nashik on Monday.

With the win, Saurashtra have topped group A with 25 points to leave Gujarat, currently occupying the second spot with 18 points. Maharashtra have moved down to seventh place after losing their second match.

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Needing 117 runs to win after having bowled out Maharashtra for 267 after lunch, Saurashtra lost wickets in their small run chase. Snell Patel was the first to depart after he was trapped lbw to Samad Fallah for 15. Vishvarajsinh Jadeja was then cleaned up by Chirag Khurana for 3. The experienced Sheldon Jackson too was unable to stem the flow of wickets and departed for just 7 after he was castled by Satyajeet Bachhav.

Harvik Desai’s 44 then ensured Saurashtra were on the road to victory, but he was unable to remain till the end after falling to Bachhav. Khurana claimed his second wicket in Arpit Vasavada, who scored 28 off 29. Kamlesh Makwana (9*) and Prerak Mankad then took Saurashtra to the finish line.

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Earlier, resuming their second innings at 157/3, Rohit Motwani’s fine century was overshadowed by impressive bowling from Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who decimated the Maharashtra batting order. After Hardik Rathod claimed the wicket of the hosts’ captain Ankit Bawne for 25, Jadeja took stock of the situation and ran through the Maharashtra batting line-up.

He first had Naushad Shaikh for 26 and in the next delivery, claimed the prized wicket of India allrounder Kedar Jadhav, who returned without troubling the scorers. Dharmendrasinh claimed his hat-trick in the innings’ 72nd over. Ashay Palkar departed first after edging it behind to Snell Patel, followed by Bachhav, who was trapped lbw for a duck, and then had Anupam Sanklecha to complete the rout.

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Motwani was stranded on 120 off 190, his innings laced with 15 boundaries after Dharmendrasinh wrapped up the innings sending Fallah for 12 to claim his seventh wicket and register his best bowling figures in a first-class innings of seven for 55 in his 17.2 overs.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 398 & 120/5 (Harvik Desai 44) beat Maharashtra 247 & 267 (Rohit Motwani 120*; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 7/55) by five wickets

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