Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara’s 110 Takes Saurashtra To 242/4 Against Rajasthan

Feb 9, 2024

Veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second century in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season as Saurashtra posted 242 for four against Rajasthan on the opening day of the Group A match in Jaipur on Friday. The 36-year-old, who has 103 Test and 262 first-class matches under his belt, took nine shots during his innings of 110 off 230 balls. This was his 62nd century in first-class cricket. Pujara had scored a double century (243 not out) last month. Saurashtra, who came to bat first, was in trouble after being reduced to 74 runs for 3 wickets in the 32nd over, but Pujara and Sheldon Jackson (78 not out) formed an alliance and added 168 runs for the fourth wicket.

Pujara, who last played a Test in June 2023 – the World Test Championship final against Australia – was the last wicket to fall in the 90th over.

Jackson was at the crease at stumps and will be joined in the middle by Arpit Vasavada (0) when play resumes on Saturday.

Jackson's unbeaten inning of 176 balls included six fours and two sixes.

For Rajasthan, left-arm spinner Kukna Ajay Singh (2/86) took two wickets, while Aniket Chaudhary (1/24) and Manav Suthar (1/68) declared one wicket each.

Vidarbha's dominance over Maharashtra

In Pune, Yash Thakur took three wickets as Vidarbha bowled out disciplined Maharashtra to bowl out Maharashtra for 208 and then reach 111 for one.

While fast bowler Thakur (3/68) shook up the top order, fast bowler Lalit M Yadav (2/32) and left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (2/43) took two wickets each, their captain Akshay Wadkar won the toss and decided to bat first. to bowl.

Pawan Shah (35), Dhanraj Shinde (30) and Manoj Ingle (36) scored more than 30 but Maharashtra could not make any meaningful partnership.

In reply, Dhruv Shorey (55 not out) scored an unbeaten half-century and was at the crease with Yash Rathod (29 not out) at the break.

Delhi scored 264 runs against Himachal Pradesh

Captain Himmat Singh played a quickfire inning of 60 runs in 53 balls against Himachal Pradesh on the first day of the Ranji Trophy match in Dharamshala on Friday and bowled out Delhi for 264 runs.

Fast bowler Vinay Galatea took five wickets on a helpful pitch and his new ball partner Vaibhav Arora took three wickets in the Group D contest.

Himachal Pradesh needed to bat 10 overs before stumps.

By the end of the game, their score was 24 runs for one wicket and Delhi fast bowler Himanshu Chauhan trapped Prashant Chopra in front of the stumps.

Had wicketkeeper Anuj Rawat taken advantage of the quick chance given by Praveen Thakur, Himachal would have fallen behind by two wickets.

Himachal put Delhi in to bat and made the most of the conditions in the first session. At 20 for three, Delhi were looking towards another batting collapse this season, but Himmat, Ayush Badoni (51 of 80), tailenders Priyanshu Vijayaran (37 of 65) and Siddhant Sharma (36 of 37) ) was successful in scoring a good score.

Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Yash Dhull was the third batsman to be dismissed in the morning session. For a man who has not scored a half-century so far in the season, Dhull (14) played away from his body and was caught behind the wicket.

His opening partner Anuj Rawat (6) became the first victim of Galatea. Unsure whether to play or leave, Rawat was caught at second slip.

The 87-run partnership between Himmat and Badoni stabilized Delhi's innings. Himmat was aggressive from the beginning and hit 10 fours and a six.

Jonty Sidhu put up a lot of resistance and took 106 balls for his innings of 28 runs. Kshitij Sharma, whose place in the team has been repeatedly questioned, was out on the very first ball.

Siddhant played some bold strokes to take Delhi beyond 250.

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