Cheteshwar Pujara got some much-needed batting practice ahead of India`s tour of South Africa making 269 while skipper Jaydev Shah missed a double ton by five runs as Saurashtra grabbed the first-innings lead against Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy match on Sunday.
Hosts Bengal employed negative tactics in the final two sessions to ensure three points by virtue of first innings lead against Saurashtra in a Ranji Trophy group B encounter, at the Eden Gardens, today.
Riding on useful contributions from middle and lower-order batsmen, Saurashtra on Monday added 249 to their overnight score and finished day two at 475 for 7 against Rajasthan in a Ranji Trophy Group B match here today.
Despite being bundled out for a paltry 148 in their first innings, Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah has not lost hopes of making a comeback in the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai, saying the rival batsmen would also struggle on the Wankhede strip.
Skipper Jaydev Shah led Saurashtra`s impressive batting effort with a fluent 87 before Sheldon Jackson posted an unbeaten half-century to propel the hosts to 274 for five on the first day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Punjab.
After beating Madhya Pradesh by 227 runs in their last league match, hosts Saurashtra will be up against Karnataka in what promises to an evenly-contested quarterfinal match starting tomorrow at the Saurashtra University ground here.
Saurashtra will have an uphill task this season when they will start their campaign from November first against formidable Mumbai in Ranji Trophy this season in Mumbai without prolific batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.