Mohali: Siddharth Trivedi grabbed a hat-trick as Saurashtra crushed Punjab by an innings and 144 runs to register their first Group A win in the Ranji Trophy Elite division on Sunday.

Trivedi dismissed Karan Goel (10), Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh (0) and Manpreet Singh Gony (0) in succession as the hosts crumbled to 120 in 44.5 overs while following on.
    
Punjab had been bundled out for 278 in the first essay in reply to Saurashtra's mammoth 542.
    
Reduced to 43 for four overnight, Punjab kept losing wickets at short intervals and never managed to build a partnership that could salvage a draw for them.
    
The fall of wickets started quite early today when Mandeep Singh (1) was dismissed by Sandip Maniar, who had picked up three scalps on Saturday itself.

Maniar rounded off with overall figures of 4/47 from 18 overs, three of them maiden.
    
An unbeaten 54-ball 41 from Amitoze Singh was the only highlights of the Punjab second innings scoreboard, which featured three ducks.
    
Amitoze struck eight fours in his entertaining knock but just didn't find any support at the other end as Punjab folded up without putting up much of a fight.
    
After Maniar had ripped through the top-order, Trivedi (3/34) and Jaydev Unadkat (2/27) cleaned up the lower-order to give Saurashtra a comfortable triumph.

Brief Score:

Saurashtra: 542.
Punjab: 278 and 120 all out in 44.5 overs (Amitoze Singh 41 not out, Sandip Maniar 4/47, Siddharth Trivedi 3/34).

(Agencies)