Saurashtra became the first team to secure a win in the opening round of Ranji Trophy 2017-18 after beating Haryana in the Group B fixture on Sunday (October 8). Having wrapped the innings and 31 runs victory inside three days, Saurashtra gained seven points.
It took less than two hours on the third morning for Jaydev Unadkat and Chirag Jani to pick up Haryana’s remaining four wickets in 13.2 overs at the Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli. Resuming on 93 for 6, Chaitanya Bishnoi (56) fell to Jani, the right-arm medium pacer, after adding just three runs to his overnight score of 53.
Deepak Punia resisted briefly with his 44-ball 34, comprising four boundaries and a six, but was soon undone by Unadkat. The left-arm medium-pacer then got rid off Ashish Hooda for four runs, to bundle out Haryana for 140 in their second dig. While Unadkat finished with 3 for 55, Jani’s two wickets came at the cost of 12 runs.
Earlier, Saurashtra rode on Sheldon Jackson (51), Prerak Mankad (68) and Jani (45) to post 278 runs in their first innings. Hooda starred with a 6 for 61, but Haryana’s batsmen put up a dismal show in their first outing and were asked to follow on after being bowled out for just 107.
Unadkat, who took three wickets in the first innings, finished with match figures of 6 for 90, while Shaurya Sanandia, who bagged a four-wicket haul in the first dig, ended with 6 for 62 in the game.
Saurashtra will now take on Jammu and Kashmir in Rajkot on October 14, while Haryana have enough time to reflect on their performance ahead of their next encounter against Jharkhand from October 24.