Saurashtra team reached the final of Ranji Trophy for the fifth time
Saurashtra beat Karnataka by 4 wickets in the second semi-final
Ranji Trophy 2022-23 The final will be played between Bengal and Saurashtra at Eden Gardens from February 16. In the second semi-final, Saurashtra defeated Karnataka by 4 wickets. Saurashtra team has reached the final of Ranji Trophy for the fifth time. In the second semi-final at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Saurashtra got a target of 115 runs to win. On Sunday, the last day of the match, Saurashtra achieved this target by losing 6 wickets. Saurashtra and Bengal team will again clash in the final of Ranji Trophy after 3 years. The Ranji Trophy final between Bengal and Saurashtra in 2020 was a draw. But on the basis of first innings lead, Saurashtra became the champion.
The player who played an important role in making Saurashtra the champion in 2020. He did amazing batting in the second semi-final against Karnataka this season and worked to take the team to the final. This player is none other than Saurashtra captain Arpit Vasavada. Arpit had scored a double century in the first innings. With the help of his double century, Saurashtra scored 527 runs in reply to Karnataka’s 407 runs in the first innings. Apart from him, Sheldon Jackson also played an inning of 160 runs.
Arpit had hit a double century in the first innings
After this, the Karnataka team was all out for 234 runs in the second innings. In this way, Saurashtra got the target of 115 runs. But due to the deadly bowling of Krishnapa Gautam and Vasuki Kaushik, at one time the match seemed to be slipping out of Saurashtra’s hands. Chasing 115 runs, Saurashtra lost 5 wickets for 42 runs in the second innings. But captain Arpit Vasavada stood firm from one end and then shared a 63-run partnership with Chetan Sakaria for the sixth wicket and won the team.
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Hit 47 not out in the second innings
Arpit hit an unbeaten 47 in 51 balls in the second innings. Saurashtra captain Arpit, who scored a double century in the first innings and scored 47 runs in 51 balls in the second, was selected as the player of the match. Now Saurashtra will face Bengal in the Ranji Trophy final on February 16 at the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. In 2020, when Saurashtra became the champion. Even then Arpit had scored 106 runs in the final. At that time Jaidev Unadkat was the captain of Saurashtra and this time also probably he will captain in the final. Because he has been released by BCCI for the final of Ranji Trophy between Australia Test series.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 12, 2023, 19:55 IST