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Ranji Trophy 2019-20, QF: Gujarat consolidate; Saurashtra, Bengal gain upper hand on Day 2

By Ameya Tilak in

Gujarat strengthened their grip on the game against Goa while Bengal, Saurashtra gained the upper hand in their respective matches against Odisha and Andhra as the second day’s play of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 quarterfinal came to an end.

Here’s how the action unfolded on Friday:

Bengal, who resumed the day’s play at 308/6, could add only add 24 runs to their overnight score and were all out for 332. While they were 46/5 at one stage on the opening day, Anustup Majumdar’s gritty 157 and Shahbaz Ahmed’s 82 helped them post a 330-plus total on the board.

In response, Odisha lost Anurag Sarangi early. But Shantanu Mishra and Debasish Samantray denied Bengal any immediate success. The two put up 125-run stand for the second wicket before Bengal managed to end the partnership as Nilkantha Das got Samantray out for 68.

Bengal then picked two more wickets before stumps, dismissing Mishra and Govinda Poddar, as Odisha ended the day at 151/4.

In the Gujarat versus Goa quarterfinal in Valsad, Gujarat consolidated their position. While skipper Parthiv Patel could only add six runs to his overnight score of 118, Axar Patel and Roosh Kalaria continued Gujarat’s dominance. The two added 130 runs together before Felix Alemao dismissed Axar for 80.

Kalaria though went on to notch up a ton, and put up a 116-run stand with Chintan Gaja, who scored 56, before Gujarat declared at 602/8. Kalaria and Gaja then struck with the ball as Goa lost both their openers – Sumiran Amonkar and Vaibhav Govekar – without a run on the board.

The duo of wicketkeeper Smit Patel and skipper Amit Verma though made sure Goa did not lose any more wicket before stumps as their side ended the day at 46/2.

In Ongole, Saurashtra added 193 runs more to their overnight score of 226, courtesy Chirag Jani’s 121 and Prerak Mankad’s 80. The two had joined hands when Saurashtra were 221/6 and put up a 157-run partnership.
Dharmendrasinh Jadeja then chipped in with 29 runs as Saurashtra posted 419 runs on the board.

Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat then picked up two wickets, dismissing D B Prashanth Kumar and Jyothisaikrishna as Andhra ended the day at 40/2.

In the Jammu and Kashmir-Karnataka quarterfinal in Jammu, the second day’s play was called off due to wet outfield.