Jaipur: A fine ton by opener P.K. Panchal (110) propelled visitors Gujarat on course of an outright victory against Rajasthan in their Ranji Trophy Group 'B' league match here on Tuesday.
After piling up 340 in their first innings, Gujarat restricted Rajasthan to modest 195 and then helped by Panchal raced to 266 for 7 declared to set up a stiff victory target of 412 runs for the hosts who were tottering at 34 for 3 at the close day three still needing 378 runs on last day of the match tomorrow with seven wickets in hand.
Rajasthan resumed their innings at 172 for 8 and Dishant Yagnik (24 n.O.) helped them avoid follow on but the hosts conceded 145 run first innings lead by crashing to 195 all out.
In their second innings, Gujarat declared at 266 for 7 after a fine century by Panchal. Shailendra Gehlot (4 for 50) and Pankaj Singh (3 for 79) were successful bowlers for Rajasthan.
Facing a stiff victory target of 412 runs Rajasthan batting crumbled again, loosing Sidharth Saraf (12), Vineet Saxena (18) to medium pacer Ishwar Choudhary in quick succession and a little later night watchman Shailendra Gehlot (3) on the last ball of the day by Akshar Patel with just 34 runs on the board.
Brief scores: Gujarat 340 all out and 266 for 7 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 110, Pankaj Singh 3 for 79), Rajasthan 195 all out and 34 for 3.