Irani Cup Highlights, Saurashtra vs RoI, Day 2: Saurabh picks two wickets, SAU 49/2 at stumps

Irani Cup Highlights, Indian domestic cricket: Follow live score, commentary, updates from Day 2 of the Irani Cup final between Saurashtra and Rest of India in Rajkot.

Sarfaraz Khan fell for 138 on Day 2 in Rajkot. (FILE PHOTO)

Sarfaraz Khan fell for 138 on Day 2 in Rajkot. (FILE PHOTO) | Photo Credit: PERIASAMY M

Welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of Day 2 of the Irani Cup final between Saurashtra and Rest of India in Rajkot.

Saurashtra second innings score
October 02, 2022 17:02
STUMPS, SAU 49/2 in 17 overs - trails by 227 runs

Jani and Jadeja see off the last couple of overs. At 49/2, still trailing by 227 runs, Saurashtra will have to keep batting on and on. Who better than Pujara to do that! Will RoI go for the kill on the third morning?

Amol Karhadkar
October 02, 2022 17:01
Saurabh removes Harvik

Saurabh Kumar displays his artistry with left-arm spin by leaving Harvik Desai in no man’s land with his drift and the edge lobs off the keeper’s lap to Vihari at slips. As expected, Dharmendra Jadeja walks out as the nightwatchman.

Amol Karhadkar
October 02, 2022 16:39
Saurabh gets the first wicket

Saurabh to Snell, OUT! Snell Patel walks into the left-arm spinner’s trap and throws away a good start. Saurabh Kumar tosses it up and Snell lofts it straight to Sarfaraz at short cover. With 20 mins remaining, Jani walks in. Can he and Harvik see the day off?

Amol Karhadkar
October 02, 2022 16:28
SAU 28/0 in 9 overs

Snell Patel and Harvik Desai have put their head down. Haven’t chased anything outside off to see off the new-ball spell. Kuldeep Sen makes way for Umran Malik.

Amol Karhadkar
October 02, 2022 16:01
Mayank Agarwal injury update
October 02, 2022 15:34
Mayank Agarwal hit on the head as RoI players take the field

Mayank Agarwal has been hit on the head before the start of play. A high throw from a fielder landed straight on Mayank’s head as was walking towards his fielding position. Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai and Snell Patel are in the middle. Mukesh Kumar takes the new ball.

October 02, 2022 15:26
Sakariya shines for RoI
October 02, 2022 15:21
RoI 374 all out in 110 overs - leads by 276

Two wickets in the over as Chetan Sakariya completes his five-wicket haul with the dismissal of Mukesh Kumar and Kuldeep Sen is run out five balls later. RoI secure a 276-run first-innings lead.

October 02, 2022 15:01
Third session begins.

Mukesh Kumar (6*) and Umran Malik (3*) have returned to the crease with Chetan Sakariya resuming the proceedings.

October 02, 2022 14:42
RoI first innings score
October 02, 2022 14:24
Saurabh Kumar falls after his 50

A solid FIFTY for Saurabh Kumar. Reaches the mark with a spotless backfoot punch through cover for FOUR off Chetan Sakariya. Sakariya to Saurabh, OUT! Sakariya finds a top-edge after changing his angles and coming around the wicket. Saurabh attempts to slap across the line but sends the ball straight to the keeper.

Saurabh Kumar 55(78) ct Snell Patel b Chetan Sakariya

October 02, 2022 14:20
Sakariya gets Jayant, RoI 335/7 in 100 overs

Sakariya to Jayant, OUT! Sakariya gets one across the line and finds the outside-edge that flies straight to first slip. 100 overs done and RoI has extended its lead to 237 runs.

J J Yadav 37(96) ct H Desai b Chetan Sakariya

October 02, 2022 14:00
RoI 329/6 in 97 overs - leads by 231 runs

Saurabh Kumar swiftly moves into the 40s as he swivel-pulls Unadkat over square leg for FOUR. Jayant and Saurabh have now built the second-best partnership of the match so far, piling the misery on a hapless Saurashtra bowling attack.

October 02, 2022 13:24
300 up for RoI

Saurabh Kumar rocks back to the crease as Parth Bhut drops short and slams it through cover for FOUR to bring up the 300 for RoI with the lead moving past 200.

October 02, 2022 12:50
October 02, 2022 12:43
Second session begins

Jayant Yadav and Saurabh Kumar have returned to the crease. Spin to continue with Parth Bhut back in the attack.

October 02, 2022 12:04
Lunch, Day 2: RoI 269/6 in 81 overs

Decent session for Saurashtra, giving away just 64 runs for three crucial wickets. Amol with a cheeky update:

The scoreboard stays the same at lunch. 269/6, lead of 171. An interesting afternoon session on the cards. Can’t even think of taking a nap, like some seniors used to in the second session of a domestic game once upon a time.

Amol Karhadkar
October 02, 2022 12:01
Rock and Roll, Saurashtra?
October 02, 2022 11:53
Sakariya strikes

Sakariya to Bharat, OUT! Just before the new ball is due and on the cusp of lunch, Chetan Sakariya draws KS Bharat forward into a false drive and the slips come into play again. Saurashtra will be hoping to roll over the lower order now. But wait, Saurabh Kumar joins Jayant Yadav in the middle. Both are quality all-rounders, both hardly got any role to play with the ball on Day One. They will be eager to make a mark with the bat. The lead is 166, can they take RoI to safety?

October 02, 2022 11:12
250 up for Rest of India; RoI 251/5 in 70 overs

Bharat and Jayant Yadav lead RoI past 250. Bharat leans into a drive through cover and finds two runs. The odd ball is keeping low while Jani and Mankad have also been to jag some deliveries back into the batters.

October 02, 2022 10:49
Chirag traps Sarfaraz!

Chirag Jani to Sarfaraz, OUT! LBW, that’s plumb.

October 02, 2022 10:44
October 02, 2022 10:43
Vihari falls on 82!

Jani to Vihari, OUT! It’s taken almost 70 minutes for Saurashtra to strike. Chirag Jani gets one to jag just a little bit to take the edge off Vihari’s willow and Harvik Desai doesn’t falter at first slip. Vihari misses out on his fourth Irani hundred. The partnership is halted at 221. RoI 239/4

G H Vihari 82(184) ct H Desai b Chirag Jani

October 02, 2022 10:23
SAU 234/3 in 59 overs

Vihari and Sarfaraz have started the morning session with a couple of boundaries and blunted the left-arm duo of Sakariya and Unadkat from both ends.

October 02, 2022 09:28
Day 2 set to get underway

Saurashtra players form a huddle before walking out to the field. Sarfaraz Khan and Hanuma Vihari are at the crease.

October 02, 2022 09:26
Day 1 stats
  • 11:58am IST when RoI bowled out Saurashtra
  • Jaydev Unadkat reached 350 FC wickets
  • 13 wickets taken by pacers on Day 1
  • 92 balls faced by Sarfaraz Khan to reach his 10th FC hundred
  • RoI had only reached 170 when Sarfaraz reached his ton
  • 73.5 overs bowled on Day 1



October 02, 2022 08:56
October 02, 2022 08:39
Scorecard, Day 1

Saurashtra - 1st innings: Harvik Desai c Vihari b Mukesh 0, Snell Patel c Bharat b Mukesh 4, Chirag Jani c Abhimanyu b Mukesh 0, Cheteshwar Pujara c Vihari b Sen 1, Sheldon Jackson c Sarfaraz b Mukesh 2, Arpit Vasavada b Umran 22, Prerak Mankad c Bharat b Sen 9, Jaydev Unadkat b Umran 12, Dharmendra Jadeja c Abhimanyu b Umran 28, Parth Bhut c Bharat b Sen 1, Chetan Sakariya (not out) 13. Extras (b-4, lb-1, w-1) 6;Total (in 24.5 overs) 98.

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-5, 4-5, 5-30, 6-34, 7-52, 8-60, 9-65.

Rest of India bowling: Mukesh 10-4-23-4, Sen 7-1-41-3, Umran 5.5-1-25-3, Jayant 2-1-4-0.

Rest of India - 1st innings: Abhimanyu Easwaran c Vasavada 0, Mayank Agarwal c sub (Vishvaraj) b Sakariya 11, Yash Dhull c Desai b Unadkat 5, Hanuma Vihari (batting) 62, Sarfaraz Khan (batting) 125. Extras (b-1, w-1) 2; Total (for three wkts. in 49 overs) 205.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-16, 3-18.

Saurashtra bowling: Unadkat 10-0-47-2, Sakariya 11-1-50-1, Jani 8-1-31-0, Mankad 6-1-20-0, Bhut 9-1-26-0, Dharmendra 5-0-30-0.

Toss: Rest of India

October 02, 2022 08:36
The Sarfaraz juggernaut

Sarfaraz Khan hits hundred in Irani Cup against Saurashtra

October 02, 2022 08:36
Day 1 recap

An exhibition of raw pace and accurate bowling followed by a partnership involving belligerent and sensible batting helped Rest of India dominate the opening day’s proceedings of the Irani Cup tie against Saurashtra.

The trio of Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Sen and Umran Malik exposed the frailties of Saurashtra batters while facing genuine pace bowling to bundle the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy champion out for a paltry 98, the fifth lowest total in the Irani Cup, in the first session at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium.

Captain Hanuma Vihari (62*, 145b, 9x4, 1x6) and run-machine Sarfaraz Khan (125*, 126b, 19x4, 2x6) then bailed Rest of India out of trouble from a precarious 18 for three. The duo’s unbroken 187-run association - with Sarfaraz toying with the bowlers en route a 92-ball hundred - put Rest of India in charge, ending the day at 205 for three, with a lead of 107.

Barring the over-rate, everything else moved fast on the opening day. The fact that seven Saurashtra batters were caught behind wickets underlined that they couldn’t handle the pace of the Rest of India trio, all of whom bowled in the perfect channel.

Mukesh and Sen struck up front, reducing Saurashtra to five for four in the first half hour. While Mukesh struck off successive balls in the third over, Sen saw the back of mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara, whose audacious slash saw Vihari pouching the thick edge off the second attempt.

Mukesh bowled a marathon spell, seeing Sheldon Jackson off with another one in the channel. Umran then showcased his raw pace, first snaring through Arpit Vasavada’s defence and then striking into Jaydev Unadkat’s off-stump with a peach of a yorker.

At the cusp of Lunch, Umran first softened Dharmenda Jadeja, the highest scorer, with a short ball that thudded into the batter’s helmet before letting him scoop one to covers and put an end to Saurashtra’s miserable morning.

Unadkat and his young left-arm pace colleague then took a cue from Rest of India pacers to pitch the ball to precision and see off the Rest of India top three. In came Sarfaraz and started with a flurry of boundaries to take off the pressure.

Sarfaraz was at his dominant best as he displayed all the strokes in his array. From the straight-drive, cover-drive and late cut to his trademark upper cut, pulls and sweeps, Sarfaraz impressed yet again en route his 10th First-Class hundred.

In the last session, he tonked Unadkat for 16 runs in an over, racing from fifty to hundred in just 42 balls.

With Vihari also using his feet against the spinners, Rest of India gained ascendancy. While it will be delighted with the proceedings, besides its morning display on a moist pitch, Saurashtra will be ruing wicketkeeper Snell Patel’s missed stumping of Vihari in the dying minutes.

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