Ranji Tropy: Rajasthan in command against Saurashtra
Jaipur: Impressive bowling by seamer Pankaj Singh (4 for 49) helped Rajasthan reduce Saurashtra to 215 for 7 in reply to their first innings score of 396 in their penultimate Ranji Tropy Elite Group A match at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.
The hosts, resuming at their overnight score of 369 for 7, reached 396.
At stumps, Kamlesh Makvana (batting 10) and Jayesh Odedara (batting 8) were at crease.
Debutant Rituraj Singh (2 for 68) too supplemented him extracting help from the wicket. Veteran Sumit Mathur picked up one for 40.
It was Pankaj who got the first breakthrough, by having Chirag Pathak (15) caught in the slips by Aakash Chopra and then medium pacer Sumit Mathur came into act getting one through defence of Sagar Jogiyani (8) as the visitors went to lunch at 55 for 2.
Cheteshwar Pujara (78) coming back from injury and Bhushan Chauhan (71) steadied the innings with a 126-run partnership for the third wicket and the visitors were placed at 145 for 2, at tea.
The last session saw Rajasthan striking back capturing five wickets for 70 runs. The rookie Rituraj Singh started the slide with a twin strike.
He got one nip back to shatter the stumps of Chauhan (71) and then had skipper Jaidev Shah (6) caught by Bisht. Pankaj came into act and got one through the defence of Pujara (78 runs, 116 balls, 13 x4) and then removed the stodgy Shitangshu Kotak (10) and Sandeep Maniar (7) to peg back the visitors, who ended the day at 215 for 7.
The visitors are still trailing by 181 runs with only three wickets in hand.
Brief scores: Rajasthan 396 (Vineet Saxena 127, Puneet Yadav 108, Jaidev Unadkat 5/71).
Saurashtra 215/7 (Cheteshwar Pujara 78, Bhushan Chauhan 71, Pankaj Singh 4/49).