Saurashtra coach hopeful of fightback against Gujarat

"Generally, on the last day, it does spin a bit but then for that we will have to bat up to tea tomorrow and we are quite capable of that," coach Niraj Odedra said.

Saurashtra currently has a lead of 118 with five wickets remaining.   -  Vijay Soneji

There was disappointment writ large on the faces of Saurashtra cricketers as they walked back to the pavilion after the day's play on Monday. 

From being in a comfortable position — taking a first-innings lead of 52 — Saurashtra lost the plot in the second innings of its Ranji Trophy semifinal fixture against Gujarat, reeling at 66-5 at the end of third day's play.

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But Saurashtra coach Niraj Odedra was hopeful of his team fighting back. "It was definitely a bad day. I think they (the batsmen) could have applied themselves better," Odedra said.

With Chintan Gaja scalping a five-for, Saurashtra top-order failed to get going. "One good thing was nobody threw their wickets, everybody got out to a good ball. But then this is a semifinal and you expect that sort of bowling," the coach said.

Enjoying a 118-run lead now, the home team's aim is to set a target of around 250 -- which, however, looks difficult at this stage. "The sort of situation we are in, if we can get 250 and then add that lead, I think that would be a really good total," Odedra said.

"Generally, on the last day, it does spin a bit but then for that we will have to bat up to tea tomorrow and we are quite capable of that," the coach said, adding: "We were in this sort of situation against Karnataka. That was a one-day game and we were 35 for 6, and then Prerak Mankad and Chirag Jani got us through and we got 230 from there. I was thinking of that game and both of them are still to come, so you never know," the coach said.

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