Saurashtra entered into semi-final of Ranji Trophy on virtue of their first innings lead over rival Karnataka.
Saurashtra had scored 469 and then restricted Karnataka on 396. In the second essay, resuming their overnight 463 for three, Saurashtra ended the day with amassing 718 runs
losing nine wickets.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who was batting on 261 on Wednesday continued dominating the visitors with the bat and made his second triple century of the career. His 352 runs was the only highlight of the day.
Pujara started the day in watchful manner and he might be eyeing to reach four hundred runs mark but his 344-minuets-stay at the crease ended with Gowtham's delivery hitting the stumps. Pujara hit 49 fours and a six and added 343 runs for the fourth wicket with Sheldon Jackson who also cracked 117 with thirteen fours and a six.
Kamlesh Makwana was batting on 65 when both the captains agreed to call off the match. Off spinner Gowtham was the pick of the bowlers for Karnataka taking four wickets conceding 206 runs while K P Apanna and Amit Varma grabbed two wickets each giving away 178 and 112 runs, respectively. Saurashtra is now scheduled to play against Punjab.
Taruwar Kohli guides punjab to victory
Jamshedpur: An unbeaten triple century by middle-order batsman Taruwar Kohli and his unbeaten 264-run fourth wicket partnership with Udai Kaul (not out 113) led Punjab sail into the semi-final stage.
They emerged victorious by virtue of first innings lead of 298 runs against Jharkhand at Keenan stadium here on Thursday.
Jharkhand, who had scored 401 all out in their first innings, were 33 for no loss off 13 overs in their second essay after Punjab declared their first innings for 699 for three at the stroke of tea.
Resuming at their overnight score of 435 for three, Punjab's unbeaten batsman Taruwar Kohli (who was on 151 at stumps on the fourth day) and Udai Kaul, who stepped in at the dismissal of Mandeep Singh, who made 96 studded with 12 fours when the stumps were drawn on Day-IV, made mockery of Jharkhand bowling attack and scored runs at will.
The duo were paired for 264-run fourth wicket partnership before the Punjab skipper Harbhajan Singh decided to declared the innings.
Kohli, who made a come back into the Punjab team after two years, faced 609-delivery to score unbeaten 300 studded with 34 boundaries and two sixes while Kaul's unbeaten 113 run included nine fours.
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