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Ranji Takeaways: Kerala Create History, Jaffer Cracks Another Double

It was a day to remember for Kerala as they managed to qualify for the semi-finals for the very first time in the history of the Ranji Trophy, when they trounced Gujarat by 113 runs. Basil Thampi bagged eight wickets in a match that was ruled by the fast bowlers.

Cricketnext Staff |January 17, 2019, 6:46 PM IST
Ranji Takeaways: Kerala Create History, Jaffer Cracks Another Double

It was a day to remember for Kerala as they qualified for the semi-finals for the very first time in the history of the Ranji Trophy, after trouncing Gujarat by 113 runs in Wayanad. Basil Thampi bagged eight wickets in a match that was dominated by the fast bowlers. In another quarterfinal, Vidarbha continued to torment Uttarakhand as Wasim Jaffer slammed yet another double ton.

Kerala Achieves New High

(Brief Scores: Kerala 185 & 171 beat Gujarat 162 & 81)

Kerala progressed to the semis with an easy win over Gujarat. On a difficult wicket at Wayanad, fast bowlers Basil Thampi (5/27) and Sandeep Warrier (4/30) ran through the Gujarat line-up, bundling them out for a paltry 81.

At the start of the day, Gujarat needed 194 runs to win the match, but the Kerala bowlers made early inroads, with four quick wickets. Rahul Shah and Dhruv Raval posted a 39-run partnership, but none of the other batsmen clicked to give the Dav Whatmore-coached team their first entry into the last four of India’s premier domestic tournament in their 61 years of participation.

Jaffer Too Good For Uttarakhand

(Brief Scores: Uttarakhand 355 vs Vidarbha 559/6)

40-year-old veteran Wasim Jaffer toyed with inexperienced Uttarakhand bowlers to score his ninth double ton in first-class cricket. Starting the day at 260/1, overnight centurions Jaffer and Sanjay Ramaswamy put on a 304-run stand.

Jaffer departed right after completing his double century. In fact, Vidarbha lost Ramaswamy, Jaffer and Ganesh Satish in quick succession, but then Akshay Wadkar (98) and Aditya Sarwate (57 not out) took over and with a partnership of 115 and took their team’s total to 559/6 at stumps, with an overall lead of 204.

Too Little, Too Late for Saurashtra

(Brief Scores: Uttar Pradesh 385 & 172/8 vs Saurashtra 208)

After conceding a 177-run first innings lead to Uttar Pradesh, Saurashtra found themselves in a precarious spot, needing spirited bowling effort to make a comeback in the match.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4/53) and Chetan Sakariya (3/29) did deliver on that front, restricting UP to 172/8, but the home team already have a handy lead of 349. Even though Saurashtra have the dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, it will be a huge ask for them to chase the target down in the fourth innings to book a spot in the semi-final.

Karnataka Face Uphill Task

(Brief Scores: Rajasthan 224 & 222 vs Karnataka 263 & 45/3)

This battle between Karnataka and Rajasthan is intriguingly poised. The Manish Pandey-led Karnataka are 45/3 at the end of day three, and need 139 more to win the match. But with the Rajasthan bowlers, Aniket Choudhary, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar in great form – it will be an uphill task.

The day started with some useful contributions for Rajasthan by Chetan Bist (33), skipper Mahipal Lomror (42), and Robin Bist (44), that took the team to 222.

From then on, the bowlers took over and brought Rajasthan closer to a semis berth. Karnataka will now be hoping for their experienced hands Karun Nair and Manish Pandey to get the across the line on a deteriorating Chinnaswamy pitch.

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