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Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Quarter-Finals, Live Updates, Day 5: Pujara, Jackson Fifties Help Saurashtra Seal Semis Spot

Cricketnext Staff | January 19, 2019, 1:33 PM IST

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  • 13:22 (IST)

    VICTORY! Pujara does what he does best, anchors the chase for Saurashtra and takes them into yet another semifinal. They beat Uttar Pradesh by six wickets. Vital contribution from Sheldon Jackson as well. The century stand sealed the deal for them.

  • 13:01 (IST)

    FIFTY for Cheteshwar Pujara! He is leading Saurashtra to a win, not for the first time. Jackson at the other end, as got himself a fifty as well and has played the second fiddle quite well. Saurashtra just 27 runs away now.

  • 10:20 (IST)

    WICKET! Saurabh Kumar strikes a vital blow as he has H Desai caught by Yadav for a well made 116. Cheteshwar Pujara is now the key to this chase. He has Sheldon Jackson for

  • 09:59 (IST)

    VICTORY! Vidarbha beat Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs to enter the semifinals. Umesh Yadav and A A Sarvate both picked five wickets each to bowl out Uttarakhand for just 159.

  • 09:45 (IST)

    WICKET! Fourth wicket for Umesh Yadav! The Indian pacer has removed Saurabh Rawat for a duck.  Uttarakhand are 154/7 , Vidharba three wickets away from victory.

  • 09:37 (IST)

    Century! Harvik Desai has gone on to better his score of 84 in the first innings. The 19-year-old has brought up his maiden First-Class century. He has done so in 226 balls, and has hit 15 boundaries in his knock.

  • 09:32 (IST)

    WICKET! Vidharba have picked up their sixth wicket. Malolan Rangarajan has been dismissed LBW by Aditya Sarwate. Uttarakhand still trail by 120 runs. The defending champions are heading towards an innings victory.

  • 09:01 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the coverage of the final day of the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy Season. Karnataka and Kerala have already booked their places in the semi-finals, by overcoming Rajasthan and Gujarat in their respective clashes. Barring a miracle, Vidharba

13:23 (IST)

Aptly put.

13:22 (IST)

VICTORY! Pujara does what he does best, anchors the chase for Saurashtra and takes them into yet another semifinal. They beat Uttar Pradesh by six wickets. Vital contribution from Sheldon Jackson as well. The century stand sealed the deal for them.

13:10 (IST)

Inching closer. Runs coming thick and fast for Saurashtra now. Pujara catches up with his partner, Jackson. Both into the sixties. Need only 17 more runs to win.

13:01 (IST)

FIFTY for Cheteshwar Pujara! He is leading Saurashtra to a win, not for the first time. Jackson at the other end, as got himself a fifty as well and has played the second fiddle quite well. Saurashtra just 27 runs away now.

12:41 (IST)

Jackson is catching up with Pujara as the target is now only 57 runs away. He has hit a six to take him into the forties as well. Saif only bowled the one over. It is back to the main bowlers now.

12:30 (IST)

The players are back after the lunch break. UP have turned to Mohamamd Saif to provide them with a wicket. Pujara and Jackson though are solid as ever. The former is nearing a fifty.

11:46 (IST)

LUNCH! The duo of Pujara and Jackson are doing it easily for Saurashtra at the moment. They need only 74 more runs to win. UP will have to do something special to win this.

11:26 (IST)

Saurashtra need less than 90 runs now to win and enter the semifinals. Pujara and Jackson are nearing a 50-run stand and will look to buid on it and take their side closer to a win.

11:06 (IST)

Akshdeep Nath is changing his bowlers around regularly. Uttar Pradesh will want to try everything possible to break this stand between Pujara and Jackson.

10:48 (IST)

Both Pujara and Jackson are taking their time and are not in any rush to get the game going quickly. They know it is a crucial passage of play and hence are biding their time.

10:20 (IST)

WICKET! Saurabh Kumar strikes a vital blow as he has H Desai caught by Yadav for a well made 116. Cheteshwar Pujara is now the key to this chase. He has Sheldon Jackson for company. UP need six wickets, Saurashtra need 134 runs.

10:03 (IST)

Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh is the only game left now. Saurashtra have just lost the wicket of K Makhwana for 7 to Yash Dayal. Cheteshwar Pujara has come out to bat. They need 144 more runs to win.
 

10:00 (IST)

That would be some contest to follow!

09:59 (IST)

VICTORY! Vidarbha beat Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs to enter the semifinals. Umesh Yadav and A A Sarvate both picked five wickets each to bowl out Uttarakhand for just 159.

09:49 (IST)
09:45 (IST)

WICKET! Fourth wicket for Umesh Yadav! The Indian pacer has removed Saurabh Rawat for a duck.  Uttarakhand are 154/7 , Vidharba three wickets away from victory.

09:37 (IST)

Century! Harvik Desai has gone on to better his score of 84 in the first innings. The 19-year-old has brought up his maiden First-Class century. He has done so in 226 balls, and has hit 15 boundaries in his knock.

09:32 (IST)

WICKET! Vidharba have picked up their sixth wicket. Malolan Rangarajan has been dismissed LBW by Aditya Sarwate. Uttarakhand still trail by 120 runs. The defending champions are heading towards an innings victory.

09:01 (IST)

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the final day of the quarter-finals of the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy Season. Karnataka and Kerala have already booked their places in the semi-finals, by overcoming Rajasthan and Gujarat in their respective clashes. Barring a miracle, Vidharba are also assured of a semi-final berth. But all eyes will be on the Saurashtra vs Uttar Pradesh clash as an exciting run-chase will resume in Lucknow.

Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Quarter-Finals, Live Updates, Day 5: Pujara, Jackson Fifties Help Saurashtra Seal Semis Spot

Catch all the live updates from the fifth day of the Ranji trophy 2018-19 quarter-finals.

Day 4 review: Karnataka skipper Manish Pandey and Karun Nair shared an unbeaten 129-run stand to guide their team to a six-wicket win over Team Rajasthan while all eyes will be on Cheteshwar Pujara in Lucknow as Saurashtra are well-placed in a hunt to chase down 372 to win after Day Four of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals. While Kerala and Karnataka are already in the last-four stage, champions Vidarbha also look favourites to reach the semis.

Captain Pandey came in to bat with Karnataka in trouble at 56 for 4 chasing 184 to win but blazed a 75-ball 87 with 14 fours and two sixes to guide his side home without any jitters in Bengaluru. He had Nair for company as the No. 4 batsman remained unbeaten on 61 off 129 balls. Karnataka now await the winners of Saurashtra and Uttar Pradesh for their last four fixture. Rajasthan had scored 224 in their first innings while Karnataka replied with 263 thanks to an unbeaten 83-run knock by former skipper R Vinay Kumar. The Karnataka paceman also bagged two wickets in Rajasthan’s first innings to bag the Man-of-the-Match award. Karnataka were 45 for 3 in 18 overs at stumps overnight and lost nightwatchman Ronit More early in the morning which brought Pandey to the middle.

Not many would have given Saurashtra a chance to reach the semis after conceding a 177-run lead in the first innings against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow. The visitors have fought their way back into the match after bundling out UP for 194 in the second innings to give themselves 372 to win in the fourth innings to post an outright win in their quarterfinal. Chasing the imposing target, Saurashtra openers Harvik Desai and Snell Patel put on 132 runs to raise hopes of an unlikely win. Patel was the first one to depart for 72, caught behind off young paceman Shivam Mavi. Desai, who scored 84 in the first innings, was still unbeaten at 83 off 208 balls at stumps with nightwatchman Kamlesh Makwana. The visitors still need 177 runs to win with eight wickets in hand on the final day but what would give them hope is that Pujara is yet to come out to bat. India Test No. 3 batsman was dismissed for 11 in the first innings and will be keen to make up for the cheap dismissal by guiding his side into the semifinals on the final day.

Vidarbha, resuming on overnight 559/6 in reply to Team Uttarakhand’s first-innings 355, finished their innings with a lead of 274 runs. Overnight batsman Aditya Sarwate completed his century before being dismissed for 102 and added to Wasim Jaffer’s 206, Sanjay Ramaswamy’s 146 and Akshay Wadkar’s 98 to help the hosts pile on 629 in Nagpur. Facing a daunting lead, Uttarakhand remained stoic in their defence in the second essay before three late wickets by India paceman Umesh Yadav in the final session. Yadav has picked up 3/22 in the 11 overs as Uttarakhand ended the fourth day on 152/5, still trailing by 122 runs. Vidarbha will look to wrap up an innings win on the final day and march into a semifinal clash against Kerala.

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