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Irani Trophy: Saurashtra delay inevitable vs Rest of India with spirited battle show | Cricket News

RAJKOT: saurashtra‘s middle and lower order showed a lot of fighting spirit, 281 runs added by number 6 to 8 batters, but Rest of India remained firm favorites to win the Irani Cup match here on Monday.
On the third day, Saurashtra reached 368/8, riding half a century of the quartet consisting of Sheldon Jackson (71), Arpit Vasavada (55), Prerak Mankad (72) and skipper Jaydev Unadkat (78 at bat).
The total lead is now 92 runs and Saurashtra would like to stretch it to a minimum of 175 to get the cat among the pigeons.
Trailing 276, Saurashtra literally stared at a humiliating innings loss after being reduced to 87 for 5 before lunch.
Jackson and Vasavada, who have saved Saurashtra many times in the past, added 117 runs for the sixth wicket to keep the ship steady.
But it was the 144-run eighth wicket tie between Unadkat and all-rounder Mankad that sparked visions – as unlikely as it may seem at the moment – of committing a robbery.
Not only did the duo stand for a century, but they also scored the runs with a quick clip – in just 29.3 overs – to keep the game alive.
If it was Jackson who returned the attack to the opposition by repeatedly stepping to the left arm spinner? Saurabh Kumara (3/80 in 25 overs) to disrupt his length, the pair of Unadkat and Mankad used the extra pace of Kuldeep Sen (3/85 in 16 overs) and Umran Malik (0/59 in 16 overs) in their favour.
They hit six sixes from the bowling of Jackson, Vasavada and Unadkat.


Cheteshwar Pujara (PTI photo)
Pujara fails again
Cheteshwar Pujara (1) would like to forget this Irani Cup match soon as a rookie pacer like Kuldeep made life difficult for him with his extra pace and bounce.
Pujara has hardly failed in this area, but his lack of foot movement and late response to deliveries with that extra kick will certainly not go unnoticed by selectors Chetan Sharma and Sunil Joshi.
The problems he undone at the Test level are now resurfacing at the domestic level where he used to rule.
Bowlers with extra pace at the domestic level are also asking probing questions of Pujara.
Kuldeep got one to get from length to the off-stump and Pujara just dangled his club with KS Bharat taking an easy catch.
Short scores: Saurashtra 98 and 368/8 (Jaydev Unadkat 78 batting, Prerak Mankad 72, Sheldon Jackson 71, Cheteshwar Pujara 1, Saurabh Kumar 3/80, Kuldeep Sen 3/85).
Rest of India 374.
Saurashtra lead by 92 runs.

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