Ranji Trophy: Jackson, bowlers put Saurashtra in command against Gujarat

RAJKOT: Sheldon jackson hit a hundred sandy before the bowlers shone Saurashtra won the advantage on the second day of his Ranji Trophy semifinal against Gujarat on Sunday.

Jackson's knock of 103 helped Saurashtra post 304 and then the home team bowlers wreaked havoc on Gujarat's batting line-up to reduce them to 119 for six.

Resuming on overnight 217 for five, through Sheldon jackson and Chirag Jani (29), Saurashtra denied the early challenge posed by the opposition bowlers.

Jackson got a break in 82 when captain Parthiv Patel dropped a rhythm capture Arzan Nagwaswalla. He took full advantage of this by scoring his nineteenth first year of the first class this third season.

Jackson and Jani were looking good before Gujarat bounced back with medium-pacer Roosh Kalaria sending the two batters back to the pavilion.

He first trapped Jani in front of the wicket and then got Jackson to edge to Parthiv as Saurashtra slipped to 266 for seven.

Jackson and Jani added 103 wicket races for the sixth wicket.

Prerak Mankad (15) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (15) ensured the hosts didn't lose any further wicket till lunch. Saurashtra took lunch at 290 for seven.

After lunch, Gujarat bowlers wrapped up the tail as Saurashtra lost three wickets for seven runs.

Pacer Arzan Nagaswalla (5/81) grabbed a five-for, while Axar Patel took three wickets and Roosh Kalaria bagged two.

However, Saurashtra pacers reduced Gujarat to one for 2 after Unadkat sent Priyank Panchal (0) in the first over and in the second over Chetan Sakariya cleaned Samit Gohel (1).

Then, Dhruv Raval (35) and Bhargav Merai (13) tried to stabilize the ship, but the latter was fired when he offered a babysitter to Jackson in front of Prerak Mankad, as the visitors fell to 37 by three.

Raval, too, was unable to convert his start as he became Unadkat's second victim with Gujarat in deep trouble at 58 for four.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja then struck twice and got the prize wicket of Parthiv (27) as Gujarat had lost half the side for 95. It soon became 97 for six when Jadeja sent back Chirag Gandhi for a zero.

Rujul Bhatt (27 not out) and Axar Patel (7 not out) made sure there were no more losses before the stumps.

Brief scores:

Saurashtra : 304 ( Sheldon jackson 103, Kishan Parmar 37; Arzan Nagwaswalla 5-81) vs Gujarat : 119/6.

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