Rajkot: Riding on a splendid bowling by debutant seamer Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Saurashtra beat Madhya Pradesh by 227 runs on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match and entered into knockout stage.
Playing his first Ranji Trophy, Jadeja scalped six wickets in Madhya Pradesh's second innings giving away 51 runs off 26.4 overs, and was well supported by off spinner Kamlesh Makvana, who finished with three for 43.
After scoring 242 in the first innings, Saurashtra restricted MP to 135. In the second essay, the hosts declared at 303 for four to set MP a target of 411, but the visitors were bowled out for 183.
Resuming at 89 for two, MP could add only 94 more runs before getting all out in 68.4 overs. Jalaj Saxena (75) and Rameez Khan (31) were the only batsmen who did well for Madhya Pradesh.
Saxena and Khan added 85 runs for the third wicket and at that stage it looked as if MP would save the match but once Khan was bowled out by Jadeja, rest of the batsmen surrendered against the pace-spin duo.
The match was crucial for both the sides to enter into knockout rounds where MP needed only three points, while an outright win was required for the hosts.
With this win, Saurashtra earned six points and improved their position with 23 points.
Saurashtra: 242 & 303 for four decl. Madhya Pradesh: 135 & 183 all out in 68.4 overs (Jalaj
Saxena 75, Rameez Khan 31; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 6/51, Kamlesh Makvana 3-43).
Gujarat: 244 and 337 (Manprit Juneja 98, Chirag Gandhi 64, Ankeet Chavan 4/124). Mumbai: 447 and 65/1 (Hiken Shah 42, Kushang Patel 1/18).
Railways 214 and 314 decl; Bengal 157 and 249; 78.3 overs (Sandipan Das 62, Debabrata Das 44 not out, Arindam Das 40; Anureet Singh 4/46, Karan Sharma 3/60).Railways won by 122 runs; Railways 6 pts, Bengal 0.
Delhi 523/9 decl. Vidarbha 257 & 216/7 (Shalabh Srivastava 3/26, Pradeep Sangwan 2/57). Match drawn.
Points: Delhi 3; Vidarbha 1.
Tamil Nadu first innings: 571/6d. Haryana first innings: 180/3 in 86.0 overs (R Dalal 56; B Aparajith 1/18).
Karnataka: 572 for 9 decl and 92 for 2 in 11.4 overs (Lokesh Rahul 42 not out). Maharashtra: 99 and 561 all out in 149.2 overs (Ankit Bawne 155 not out; H S Sharath 4/100).
Services: 185 and 152. Jharkhand: 120 and 219 for 5 in 51.4 overs (Akash Verma 72, Rameez Nemat 86; Nishan Singh 3/70).
Tripura: 355 for eight decl in 125.4 overs (Ajay Ratra 103 not out, Subhrajit Roy 86, Abbas Ali 64; Parvez Rassol 6/91). J&K: 47 for one in 11 overs (Parvez Rassol 27 not out; Abhijit Dey 1/10).