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Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Semi-Finals Day 4: Pujara Ton, Jackson 90 Takes Saurashtra Closer

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 27, 2019, 6:00 PM IST

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SAU vs KAR Cricket Scorecard (FIRST-CLASS)

2nd Semi Final FIRST-CLASS, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 24 January, 2019

Karnataka

275/10

(100.3) RR 2.73

v/s
Saurashtra

236/10

(71.0) RR 3.32

Saurashtra beat Karnataka by 5 wickets

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  • 17:10 (IST)

    Stumps on Day 4: Saurashtra end with 224 for 3. They need just 55 more. Sheldon Jackson on 90, Pujara on 108. The partnership is worth 201. Can they guide Saurashtra home? Karnataka will hope they can do an encore of the first innings, when they had Saurashtra collapsing from 223 for 4 to 236 all out.

    Join us on the last day to find out who meets Vidarbha in the final!

  • 16:26 (IST)

    100 for Pujara! He's in the form of his life. What a knock this has been - fourth innings on a tough pitch, against a quality attack chasing a big target. Yes, he did receive plenty of luck when he survived a caught-behind decision, but it still takes effort to make use of reprieves. He gets there slapping More to the deep cover fence, removes his helmet and celebrates. Job not done yet, though. He'll be back focusing on the next ball.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Edged...but wide of the keeper! No luck for Vinay Kumar, Jackson not only survives but also gets a boundary. Saurashtra need less than a 100 now.

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Sheldon Jackson reaches his fifty with a four off Gowtham. Celebrates it with another boundary in the same over. Big knock this. But the job is only half done. Saurashtra need 131 more.

  • 14:41 (IST)

    And that's tea. Saurashtra 128 for 3. They still need 151 runs. A total of 60 runs from 25 overs in the second session, for no wickets. But things can change quickly in this game. Pujara and Jackson have a long way to go.

  • 14:18 (IST)

    50 for Pujara. He's lucky to be there, but he's there and that's all that matters now. Saurashtra have crossed 100. Long way to go though, as Shreyas Gopal returns to bowl

  • 13:07 (IST)

    FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: This is brilliant batting by Pujara and Jackson as they bring up the fifty partnership. More importantly this must have given a belief to Saurashtra that they can chase down this target. 

  • 12:05 (IST)

    LUNCH! Excellent session of cricket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Vinay Kumar got the ball rolling with an explosive first spell, picking up two early wickets. Mithun also added one to his tally but since then, Cheteshwar Pujara(34*) and Sheldon Jackson (17*) have held the Saurashtra innings together and helped their side revive from the early blows. A lot of work still remaining though for the visitors.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    CLOSE! Ronit More looks distraught. The ball stayed a little low and struck Jackson’s back leg. Massive appeal from all the close-in fielders but the umpire does not approve. However, replays showed that Jackson is a lucky man.

17:10 (IST)

Stumps on Day 4: Saurashtra end with 224 for 3. They need just 55 more. Sheldon Jackson on 90, Pujara on 108. The partnership is worth 201. Can they guide Saurashtra home? Karnataka will hope they can do an encore of the first innings, when they had Saurashtra collapsing from 223 for 4 to 236 all out.

Join us on the last day to find out who meets Vidarbha in the final!

16:53 (IST)

For all my friends in Australia who are wondering if Pujara is tired of batting, the news is he has already played 300 balls in the Ranji trophy semi-final and is still batting.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 27, 2019
16:42 (IST)

Jackson into the 80s. Saurashtra need 73 more, and Karnataka have gone to part-timer R Samarth for his off-spin. The last throw of the dice?

16:30 (IST)

Never thought it would be possible that a Cheteshwar Pujara century would be booed at an Indian venue.

But boos and applause in equal measure at the Chinnaswamy.

Regardless, it's been an outstanding knock under pressure, in a fourth innings chase. #RanjiTrophy pic.twitter.com/NtjucJmwYi

— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) January 27, 2019
16:26 (IST)

100 for Pujara! He's in the form of his life. What a knock this has been - fourth innings on a tough pitch, against a quality attack chasing a big target. Yes, he did receive plenty of luck when he survived a caught-behind decision, but it still takes effort to make use of reprieves. He gets there slapping More to the deep cover fence, removes his helmet and celebrates. Job not done yet, though. He'll be back focusing on the next ball.

16:14 (IST)

Two boundaries for Pujara off More and he's on 96 now. The first one was a nice flick, the next one was all luck as he tried to evade a bouncer and got the ball to go off the splice of his bat. Saurashtra need 90 more.

16:09 (IST)

Edged...but wide of the keeper! No luck for Vinay Kumar, Jackson not only survives but also gets a boundary. Saurashtra need less than a 100 now.

16:00 (IST)

More mind games? Jackson pulls away at the last moment, asking Gopal to stop. He says the mid off fielder moved sideways. Saurashtra need 102 more, Karnataka under pressure thanks to this partnership that has currently added 154.

15:43 (IST)

A delivery from Ronit More keeps low, Jackson nearly under-edges to the stumps. He survives, though. Karnataka searching hard for the breakthrough...

15:27 (IST)

Interesting mind games going on. Vinay Kumar tries to distract Pujara while running in, spreading his arms wide. Pujara remains focused and defends, though. Vinay has a wry smile. 

15:20 (IST)

Sheldon Jackson reaches his fifty with a four off Gowtham. Celebrates it with another boundary in the same over. Big knock this. But the job is only half done. Saurashtra need 131 more.

15:11 (IST)

Excellent foot and wrist work from Pujara. Down the track, picks it with the spin and whips Gowtham wide of square leg for four. Into the 70s now. Saurashtra 137 for 3.

15:04 (IST)

An appeal for caught-behind off Jackson, not given. Interesting times in the game.

15:02 (IST)

Welcome back. K Gowtham to start proceedings after tea. Huge first hour coming up.

14:41 (IST)

Tea break: Saurashtra - 128/3 in 47.6 overs (Sheldon Jackson 45 off 120, C Pujara 62 off 144) #SAUvKAR @paytm #RanjiTrophy #SF2

— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 27, 2019
14:41 (IST)

And that's tea. Saurashtra 128 for 3. They still need 151 runs. A total of 60 runs from 25 overs in the second session, for no wickets. But things can change quickly in this game. Pujara and Jackson have a long way to go.

14:40 (IST)

Huge appeal for bat-pad. Gopal the bowler, Jackson the batsman. But the umpire is unmoved. Don't think there was bat there. Off the pad to silly point. The partnership is more than 100.

14:27 (IST)

Pujara, meanwhile, dances down the track and hits Gopal wide of deep mid for four. Great footwork there.

14:20 (IST)

Jackson is using an interesting and dangerous tactic against Gopal. He's coming down the track to defend. He'll have to be wary of the ball that turns away though.

14:18 (IST)

50 for Pujara. He's lucky to be there, but he's there and that's all that matters now. Saurashtra have crossed 100. Long way to go though, as Shreyas Gopal returns to bowl

13:49 (IST)

Interesting phase in the game now. The ball is spinning and kicking on. K Gowtham seems in decent rhythm. Can Pujara and Jackson survive this?

13:31 (IST)

Every Karnataka player is pumped up. K Gowtham nearly hits Shreyas Gopal with a throw! Gopal just abut manages to evade. They've got to gather their focus again, Karnataka

13:23 (IST)

Plenty happening at the Chinnaswamy now. Vinay Kumar thought he had Pujara caught behind a while back and the entire Karnataka team started celebrating. There was a sound as the ball passed the bat, but the umpire didn't hear it. Karnataka cannot believe it. Vinay Kumar is angry...but there's little he can do about it. It's got Karnataka pumped up though, so much so that they're appealing every time the ball beats the bat!

13:07 (IST)

FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: This is brilliant batting by Pujara and Jackson as they bring up the fifty partnership. More importantly this must have given a belief to Saurashtra that they can chase down this target. 

12:53 (IST)
12:05 (IST)

LUNCH! Excellent session of cricket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Vinay Kumar got the ball rolling with an explosive first spell, picking up two early wickets. Mithun also added one to his tally but since then, Cheteshwar Pujara(34*) and Sheldon Jackson (17*) have held the Saurashtra innings together and helped their side revive from the early blows. A lot of work still remaining though for the visitors.

Saurashtra 68/3, still need 211 runs to win.

11:55 (IST)

CLOSE! Massive roar from the Karnataka players and the crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pujara tries to flick the ball down the leg side but it is caught by the keeper. Umpire says it is off the pad, and replays suggest the same. Good call from the umpire there.

11:45 (IST)

Not good signs if you're a Karnataka fan, Cheteshwar Pujara is looking good. He drives Ronit More down the ground for a beautiful boundary. Both Sheldon Jackson and he are looking good. And seeing that, Manish Pandey has brought in Vinay Kumar. 

Saurashtra 63/3 after 20 overs, need 216 runs to win.

11:28 (IST)

17 overs are done in Saurashtra's innings. After the early blows, led by Vinay Kumar's fiery spell in the first hour, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson have weathered the storm and are now playing their shots.

Saurashtra 53/3, need 226 runs to win.

11:14 (IST)

CLOSE! Ronit More looks distraught. The ball stayed a little low and struck Jackson’s back leg. Massive appeal from all the close-in fielders but the umpire does not approve. However, replays showed that Jackson is a lucky man.

Saurashtra 40/3, still need 239 runs to win.

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DAY 3 REVIEW: A 61-run run partnership between Shreyas Gopal and Abhimanyu Mithun for the ninth wicket helped Karnataka end day three of the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Saurashtra on 237/8 on Saturday (January 26). Gopal (61*) and Mithun (35*) combined to help Karnataka stretch their lead to 276, something that looked unlikely when they were 176-8. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja had dismissed Krishnappa Gowtham off the first ball after tea and the end looked near for Karnataka in the second innings at that time. Yet Gopal and Mithun were patient and will now look to help their side take the lead past 300 on the penultimate day. Saurashtra, who started the day at 227/7 were bundled out for 236 and ended the first innings 39 runs in arrears. However, the bowlers did well early in the innings to keep Karnataka’s batsmen at bay in the second innings.

Skipper Jaydev Unadkat struck first to remove Ravikumar Samarth and thereafter they continued to strike at regular intervals. Mayank Agarwal (46) was the only batsman in the top 5 who came close to scoring a half-century as Saurashtra’s bowlers ensured they never let up on the intensity. Both Manish Pandey (26) and Karun Nair (15) got starts but couldn’t convert them. Unadkat was ably supported by Jadeja (3-77) and Prerak Mankad (2-27) yet Gopal and Mithun’s resistance ended any hopes they had of chasing down a low total in the second innings.

It didn’t help that as the day wore on and the ball got older and softer, Saurashtra decided to wait and watch instead of coming up with a plan to counter the batsmen. How the bowlers fare with the new ball – which will be available after two overs on day four – will likely determine whether they will have to chase a score above or below 300 in the second innings. Earlier, Saurashtra began the day with three wickets left but their innings came to a swift end when Mithun dismissed Jadeja and Unadkat in successive deliveries before Ronit More removed Aarpit Vasavada. More was the pick of the bowlers for Karnataka, ending the innings with figures of 6-60.

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IND
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2
AUS
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3
ENG
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4
NZ
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5
PAK
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6
SL
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7
SA
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8
BAN
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9
WI
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10
AFG
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