Jaipur: A sensational display of pace bowling by Sumit Mathur (6-33) helped Rajasthan crush Saurashtra by 229 runs in their Ranji Trophy Elite Division match at the Sawai Man Singh stadium on Friday.

Chasing a victory target of 373, the visitors could not cope with the deadly bowling by veteran medium pacer Mathur and were bundled out for a modest 143 in their second essay in the Group A fixture.

Pankaj Singh (2-49) and Rituraj Singh (2-44) ably supported Mathur in the massive win.

Rajasthan earned five from this outing, taking their tally to 10 points and also rekindled their hopes for a knockout berth.

On the other hand, Saurashtra returned empty handed and are stranded at 11 points from six matches, making the race for knockout berths in the pool more interesting.

Resuming their second innings at 169 for 1, Rajasthan declared at 241 for four soon after the former India opener Akash Chopra (98; 208 balls, 12 x4, 1x6) fell two short of his hundred and Hrishikesh Kanitkar (52) reached his half century.

Saurashtra were set a difficult target of 373 and they had a good start but lost three quick wickets before lunch as all three medium pacers of Rajasthan -- Mathur, Pankaj and Rituraj striking once before the break.

With the top order of Chirag Pathak (17), Bhushan Chouhan (20) and Sagar Jogiyani (16) back in the dressing room it was a test of character for the remaining batsmen.

But all Saurashtra batsmen were found wanting in the challenge as Rajasthan bowlers spearheaded by Mathur extracted maximum out of the home conditions.

Skipper Jaidev Shah (35), Sitanshu Kotak (28 not out) offered brief resistance but that was never going to enough as Mathur ripped through the lower order.

Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar was a happy man with the performance if his team.

"Everything went according to our plans. It was also because our boys got a very good wicket to bowl on and they bowled at right areas. If we can manage an outright victory over Orissa in our last match we can hope for a berth in the knock out round," he said.

Brief Scores:

Rajasthan: 396 and 241 for 4 declared
Saurashtra: 265 and 143 all out in 56.5 overs (Jaydev Shah 35; Sumit Mathur 6-33).

Juneja scores double ton on debut but TN earn 3 points

Gujarat`s Manprit Juneja made his debut memorable with an unbeaten double century but Tamil Nadu still emerged with three points by virtue of their first- innings lead on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

Thanks to Juneja`s monumental knock of 201 not out, Gujarat made a strong 539 all out after Tamil Nadu had piled up a mammoth 698 for eight declared at the at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera.

In their second essay, Tamil Nadu made 100 without losing a wicket.


The 22-year-old right-hander`s knock was laced with 26 boundaries and three sixes.

He faced 324 deliveries and spent 427 minutes during his mammoth effort.

Resuming at their overnight score of 293 for four with Juneja on 84 and and Pratheresh Parmar on 45, Gujarat rode on the duo`s 189-run partnership for the fifth wicket to frustrate the visitors.

After Parmar was removed by Jannagathan Kaushik for 65, Juneja added 113 runs for the sixth wicket with Jesal Karia, the partnership coming in just 22.1 overs.

By the time Yo Mahesh had Karia caught behind by Dinesh Karthik, ther batsman had already scored 72 off 74 balls.

Karia hit 12 fours and two sixes during his 88-minute stay at the crease.

Kaushik, R Aushik Srinivas and Sunny Gupta finished with three wickets each for Tamil Nadu.

When they came out to bat the second time, Murali Vijay and first-inning double centurion Abhinav Mukund were unbeaten on 57 and 42 respectively.

Brief scores:

Tamil Nadu:
698 for eight declared and 100 for no loss in 14 years.

Gujarat 1st innings: 539 all out (Juneja 201 not out, Priyank Panchal 80, Jesal Karia).

(Agencies)