Kotak, Jain propel Saurashtra to 220/5 against Raj

Published: Friday, November 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Brilliant half-centuries by SH Kotak and JN Shah helped Saurashtra post 220 for 5  on the opening day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match against the hosts Rajasthan at the K L Saini Stadium on Friday.

Shah and Ravindra Jadeja were batting on 62 and 13 respectively at stumps.

Saurashtra, electing to bat first, made a shaky start as they lost both openers - Jogiyani (21) and Vaghela (5) for only 49. The former was caught by Bishnoi off debutant Nissan Singh while the latter was holed out at mid-on by Doru off Pankaj Singh.

Kotak and Pujara then added 60 for the third wicket before Pujara was dismissed by Afroz Khan caught by Aslam for 32 (106m,7x4). Newcomer PS Mehta could not last long as he was too made a victim by Afroz. He was lbw for only 4 runs.

Kotak was batting well at the other end as he was stroking well around the wicket but skipper Mohammed Aslam suceeded in removing him caught behind for 58 (293m, 9x4). Shah after completing his half-century facing only 76 balls with 10 fours was still going great guns finding a good partner in Ravindra Jadeja. The two had by now put on 62 for an unbroken sixth wicket stand.

Medium pacer Afroz was the most successful bowler for the home team taking 2 for 19 while Pankaj Singh, Nissan Singh and Mohammed Aslam claimed one wicket apiece.

Brief Score (D-1):

Saurashtra Ist innings 220/5 (J N Shah 62 n o, Sitanshu Kotak 58, Cheteshwar Pujara 32; Afroz 2 for 19, Nissan Singh 1 for 35, Mohammad Aslam 1 for 38)


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