Ranji Trophy 2012-13: SF Round Up, Jan 17
Saurashtra vs Punjab, at Rajkot
Sizeable contributions from overnight batsmen, Sheldon Jackson (107) and Kamlesh Makvana (85), took Saurashtra to a first-innings total of 477. The two put up a 106-run stand for the sixth wicket, which was eventually broken when Siddharth Kaul uprooted Jackson’s stumps.
Makvana stuck to the crease unflinchingly and faced more deliveries – 216 – than any of his teammates. He formed yet another partnership, with Vishal Joshi, who remained unbeaten on 55, as the Punjab bowlers cleaned up the last three wickets hurriedly.
While Kaul and Sarabjeet Ladda finished with three wickets each, skipper Harbhajan Singh prised out the wickets of opener Sitanshu Kotak and last man Siddharth Trivedi.
At stumps, the Punjab openers were in the middle with the score at 41 – still 436 runs adrift of Saurashtra’s first-innings tally.
Services vs Mumbai, at Palam-Delhi
Day 2 of this match was dominated by Ajit Agarkar. Mumbai’s skipper and their bowling spearhead made heads turn while wielding his willow. He scored his fourth first-class century.
Agarkar’s knock of 113* and his unbeaten 211-run seventh wicket partnership with Aditya Tare (108*) saw Mumbai through the second day without losing a single wicket.
After beginning the day at 199/6, Mumbai finished with 380/6 by the time bad light forced early stumps.