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Unadkat leads Saurashtra to Ranji Trophy final
Saurashtra captain and pacer Jaydev Unadkat led from the front with a seven-wicket haul as Saurashtra entered its second successive Ranji Trophy final with a 92-run win over Gujarat on day five of its semi-final here on Wednesday. Chasing 327, Gujarat was bowled out for 234 in the final session.
Gujarat had resumed the day at seven for one. It was down and out at 63 for five before captain Parthiv Patel (93) and Chirag Gandhi (96) shared a 158-run stand to raise hopes of an improbable win.
However, Unadkat removed both the set batsmen to fashion a memorable win for his team. Saurashtra will host Bengal in the final from March 9. Saurashtra had lost last year’s title clash to Vidarbha.
Resuming on seven for one, the visitor lost its second wicket on the same score.
Unadkat struck early as he removed Samit Gohil (5), who was caught at second slip.
Unadkat had his third scalp when took a return catch to send back Dhruv Raval (1). Gujarat was in trouble at 18 for three.
When it looked like Bhargav Merai (14) and skipper Parthiv were steadying Gujarat’s ship, Prerak Mankad broke through by trapping Merai in front of the wicket.
Mankad bowled in the good length area and as it shaped back into the right hander, Merai shuffled across and failed to connect.
Brief scores: Saurashtra: 304 and 274 bt Gujarat 252 and 234 (C Gandhi 96, P Patel 93; J Unadkat 7/56) by 92 runs