Praveen Kumar sprayed it all over the place in his first spell. He repeatedly pitched it short and often strayed down the leg stump.
He, however, made amends in the second spell, bowling a tighter line and length. The reward, too, didn't take long in coming as Ravindra Jadeja (22), the triple centurion in the last match, nicked one to the diving Eklavya Dwivedi behind the stumps.
Jadeja's dismissal, however, didn't stem the flow of runs. Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Shah helped Saurashtra reach a reasonable 208 for four through a well-placed 79.
For UP, it was a story of missed chances after the pace trio of RP Singh, Sudeep Tyagi and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar picked up a wicket each early on, giving the side an edge after they folded up for 362 just before lunch. Sloppy fielding helped Shah and Sitanshu Kotak settle in and pull out the team from initial setbacks. For Uttar Pradesh, Tanmay Srivastava's unbeaten 175 remained the highlight for the day.
Brief scores: UP (1st innings): 362 (T Srivastava 175no, P Singh 47, S Maniar 4/91, K Makwana 4/30); Saurashtra (1st innings): 208 for 4 (J Shah batting 79)