Sourav Ganguly congratulates Saurashtra for Ranji Trophy win

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2020

On the last delivery of the 161st over, Unadkat dismissed Ishan Porel (1) to bundle out Bengal for 381 and gain a 44-run lead which aided them in winning the tournament.

Saurashtra on Friday clinched its maiden Ranji Trophy title in Rajkot at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Bengal had scored 354 for six wickets within the first innings until stumps on the fourth day, during which Anushtup Mazumdar shared an unbeaten 91-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Arnab Nandi (taking part in 28 off 82 balls). Dharmendrasinh Jadeja finally gave Saurashtra the breakthrough in the eighth over of the second session as Chatterjee got an inside edge which went to the pad and then to the fielder at short leg. According to the rules of the tournament, if the summit showdown is heading towards the draw, then whoever manages to take the first-innings lead is declared as the victor.

Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat, who was wicket-less until yesterday, sent back Bengal's biggest hope in Anustup Majumdar (63) after he was found wanting in front of the stumps in the sixth over of the day.

Akash Deep had to pay the price for poor game awareness.

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During the semi-final game against Gujarat, Unadkat etched his name in record books after he broke a 21-year-old record for most wickets by a fast bowler in a single season. They eventually did that at tea time after Saurashtra sauntered 105 for three in 34 overs. In the second innings, Saurashtra managed to score 105/4 and they had done enough to win maiden Ranji Trophy title Bengal last won the title in 1989-90.

The match was hanging in balance with Bengal starting the day trailing by 71 runs.

He could have had Wriddhiman Saha out twice on day four with a similar ball but did not have the required luck.

Meanwhile, Unadkat collected the ball at the other end and after having observed that Akash Deep was still not inside his crease, he took a shy at the stumps as the bails were dislodged.

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