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Ranji Trophy: All-round Bhut takes five-for as Saurashtra beat Punjab to enter semi-final

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Ranji Trophy: All-round Bhut takes five-for as Saurashtra beat Punjab to enter semi-final

Parth Bhut capped off a dream recreation with a five-wicket haul after game-changing century and half-century as Saurashtra gained a memorable Ranji Trophy quarter-final in opposition to Punjab by 71 runs on Saturday to arrange a semi-final date with Karnataka.

Needing 252 to win, Punjab began the day at 52 for two and have been all out for 180 in 89.1 overs with veteran Mandeep Singh’s 45 being the best rating.
Mandeep, a veteran of 13 seasons, failed to indicate any intent and his egocentric, ultra-defensive 128-ball keep put Punjab in a gap.

The match will hang-out Punjab for a very long time as they’d Saurashtra on the mat on the primary day at 147 for 8 earlier than Bhut’s 111 took them to 303. Punjab then scored 431 of their first essay with twin tons of from Naman Dhir and Prabhsimran Singh however allowed Saurashtra to attain 379 in second innings and put up a defendable whole.

Once younger Pukhraj Mann was out for 42, trapped leg earlier than by off-spinner Yuvraj Dodiya (2/35 in 18 overs), Mandeep by no means confirmed any aggressive streak as left-arm spin twins Bhut (5/89 in 33 overs) and Dharmendra Jadeja (3/56 in 38.1 overs) choked the run-flow.

He did have a 49-run stand for the sixth wicket with Anmolpreet Singh (26) however the two senior gamers crawled for 21 overs and it was only a matter of 1 wicket.
Anmolpreet was offie Dodiya’s second sufferer caught by Snell Patel.

Mandeep was lastly out when Vishvaraj Jadeja took a close-in catch off a Bhut supply that bounced a tad extra.

Once Mandeep was gone, there was no wanting again for the 2020-21 champions Saurashtra who have been with out their inspirational skipper Jaydev Unadkat, group’s numero uno batter Cheteshwar Pujara and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

SCA president Jaydev Shah advised PTI that he’ll request BCCI and Indian group administration to launch Unadkat for the semi-final beginning February 8 in Bengaluru in case he’s not thought-about for the taking part in XI of the primary Test in opposition to Australia.

“We had even requested the BCCI for the quarter-final. We will request again for Jaydev but I will not lose my sleep if we don’t get him. Look at how our youngsters like Parth shouldered extra responsibility. We came from behind and beat a team like Punjab in a big game,” Shah mentioned.