Jadeja all-round gig lights up Rajkot

Courtesy Ravindra Jadeja’s knock, Saurashtra leads Railways by 144 runs after ending day two at 344/8.

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 178 helped Saurashtra gain an upper hand against Railways on day two in Rajkot.   -  AFP

 

After shinning with the ball, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 178 helped Saurashtra to take a first innings lead versus Railways on the second day of their Ranji Elite Group A match here on Tuesday.

Courtesy Jadeja’s knock, Saurashtra leads Railways by 144 runs after ending day two at 344/8.

Electing to bat, Railways was bundled out for a meagre 200 with skipper Mahesh Rawat top-scoring with 46.

For the host, left-arm spinner Jadeja (4/58) did most of the damage.

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After Saurashtra’s top-order failed, left-handed Jadeja took the centre-stage at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, hitting 16 fours and four sixes in his 326-ball stay at the crease so far.

He hammered a listless Railways attack and completed his 100 off 216 balls and 150 in 285 balls respectively.

Jadeja found an unusual partner in number 9 Kamlesh Makwana who made 62.

The duo frustrated the Railway bowlers, but Makwana’s stay at the crease was cut short by Harsh Tyagi.

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Saurashtra’s hopes of increasing the lead now solely depend on Jadeja, who will be eyeing a double-hundred.

Brief Scores: Railways 200 all out versus Saurashtra 344/8 (Ravindra Jadeja 178 not out, Kamlesh Makwana 62; Avinash Yadav 3-95)

In and around (Elite Group A)

At Vadodara: Baroda 322 all out (Yusuf Pathan 99, Swapnil Singh 79, Satyajeet Bachhav 4-81) versus Maharashtra 253/8 (Naushad Shaikh 65, Chirag Khurana 56, Swapnil Singh 4-73); Maharashtra trail by 69 runs.

At Valsad: Gujarat 538/7 decl. (Dhruv Raval 116 not out, Manprit Juneja 107, Vishal Kushwah 3-92) versus Chhattisgarh 53/2; Chhattisgarh trail by 485 runs.