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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Saurashtra, Bengal and Karnataka join Gujarat in semifinals

By Ameya Tilak in

Karnataka, on Monday, secured an outright win while Bengal and Saurashtra rode on the first-innings lead in the quarterfinals to join Gujarat in the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20.

Here’s how the action unfolded on the final day of the quarterfinals:

Bengal, who resumed the day’s play on the overnight score of 361/7, were all out for 373, setting a 456-run target for Odisha. Odisha batted for 10 overs, scoring 39 runs before the game was halted due to the bad light in Cuttack.

Bengal, batting first, were reduced to 46/5. However, Anustup Majumdar’s 157 and Shahbaz Ahmed’s 82 guided Bengal to 332. While Odisha were in a strong position, reaching 135/1, they lost nine wickets for 115 runs, conceding an 82-run lead. In the second innings, Abhishek Kumar Raman, Shreevats Goswami and Shahbaz Ahmed scored fifties.

The Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra set up a semifinal clash against Gujarat after qualifying for the final four on the basis of the first-innings lead against Andhra in the quarterfinal. Saurashtra added 55 runs to their overnight score of 371/6 and were all out for 426.

Having taken a 283-run lead, Saurashtra set a mammoth 710-run target for Andhra on the final day. Both the teams decided to shake hands after Andhra scored 149/4.

While there was hardly any play on the first two days of the quarterfinal in Jammu, Karnataka still managed to seal a 167-run win over Jammu and Kashmir to reach the semifinals.

Karnataka, who were 245/4 at the close of play on the third day, added 71 runs more before being bowled out for 316, setting a 329-run target for the Parvez Rasool-led side, who had conceded a 12-run lead in the first innings.

Krishnappa Gowtham then scalped seven wickets and derailed the Jammu and Kashmir chase, bowling them out for 163.