Left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai grabbed a fifer as Gujarat thrashed minnows Goa by a whopping 464 runs to storm into the Ranji Trophy semifinals, here on Sunday.
Desai (5-81) ran through the Goa batsmen and got able support from pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla (4-18).
Barring Suyash Prabhudessai (66), no other Goa batsman could even put up a fight.
Goa lost opener Vaibhav Govekar (4) early when he chased a Roosh Kalaria (1-21) delivery which was pitched wide of off stump and was caught by a diving Chirag Gandhi as the visitor slipped to 5 for one.
Soon it became 10 for 2 when Sumiran Amonkar (5) poked at a full toss outside off by Desai and edged it to the slip cordon where Samit Gohel fetched it inches above the turf.
Post lunch, Goa’s batting mainstay Amit Verma fell for one as the visitor was in deep trouble at 13/3. Verma was cleaned up by Nagwaswalla.
Suyash Prabhudessai (66) and Snehal Kauthankar (17) tried to rebuild the innings. But Kauthankar, after playing 77 balls, edged to Parthiv Patel off Desai.
Desai then removed a well-settled Prabhudessai, who was caught by Gohel as Goa lost half its side for 103.
Once Smit Patel became Desai’s fourth victim, it was clear Goa was staring at a massive defeat.
Nagwaswalla then wreaked havoc as he ran through the lower order, picking up three quick wickets.
Fittingly, it was Desai, who trapped Vijesh Prabhudessai (0) to seal the win for the host.
Earlier, Goa’s medium-pacer Lakshay Garg (4/30) grabbed four quick wickets.
First, he castled Bhargav Merai (50) and then dismissed new man Manpreet Juneja (4). He also cleaned up Samit Gohel (72).
Despite the fall of these wickets, Gujarat was in the driver’s seat as its overall lead had crossed the 600-run mark.
Garg removed rival skipper Parthiv (8). After Axar Patel fell, Gujarat declared its second innings for 199/6, with an overall lead of 628 runs.
Brief scores: Gujarat 602/8 decl. and 199/6 decl. (Samit Gohel 72; Lakshay Garg 4/30) bt Goa 173 and 164 (Suyash Prabhudessai 66; Siddharth Desai 5-81); Saurashtra 419 & 375/9 in 123 overs (Perak Mankad 85, D Jadeja 60, Avi Barot 54, V Jadeja 46; Jyothi Sai Krishna 4/47, S Rafi 3/92) vs Andhra 136 in 78.2 overs (C R Gnaneshwar 43, Ricky Bhui 28, KS Bharat 26; J Unadkat 4/42, D Jadeja 3/27); Bengal 332 & 361/7 vs Odisha 250; Karnataka 206 & 245/4 vs J&K 192