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Saurashtra score narrow win over Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  Rajkot 

Bowlers helped successfully defend a small total and record an exciting four-run victory in the at the here today.

Chasing Saurashtra's modest tally of 142 for 9, started well in their quest to score their second win on the trot in as many days before falling short, ending up at 138 for 7.

Maharashtra, who defeated in their opening game yesterday, began in right earnest when openers Ruturaj Gaekwad, top scorer with 41 in 27 balls, and (20) put on 60 runs in 7.4 overs.

But once Tripathi was dismissed by young Bhavnagar-born leggie who also accounted for Gaekwad five runs later, lost their way.

Ankit Bhawne, and got the starts before departing. They were 123 for 4 at the beginning of the 19th over, lost to the second ball. Then, with 12 required in the final over, lost the wickets off the first and last balls and fell short of the target.

For Saurashtra, Shaurya Sanandya picked up 2 wickets along with Chudasama (2/26) while returned with figures of 1/32 and also effected a run-out.

Earlier, choosing to bat first the hosts were three down for 40 before the end of the power play, and then recovered through a small, but important, 34-run partnership between and (34).

Thereafter wickets were lost frequently and ended up with a none-too-impressive total before their bowlers brought them back into the game.

Domnic Muthuswamy, who was the pick of the bowlers against Yesterday, again impressed with a two-wicket haul along with fellow medium-pacer Mundhe.

Both of them came up with identical analysis of 2 for 27 while left arm spinner Jagdish Zope also picked up 2 wickets while giving away 27 runs.

secured four points.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 142 for 9 (34; 2 for 27, 2 for 27, Jagdish Zope 2 for 27) beat 138 for 7 (Ruturaj Gaekwad 41; Shaumya Sanandiya 2 for 37, 2 for 26).

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 14:25 IST