Saurashtra lifts the first Ranji Trophy title after 73 years

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Saurashtra lifts the first Ranji Trophy title after 73 years
Saurashtra wins Ranji Trophy (Image Source: Twitter)

The last year runner-ups Saurashtra won the 2019-20 season of Ranji Trophy. In eight years, Saurashtra has qualified in four finals, and finally, the day came when they lifted their maiden Ranji Trophy title.

A big credit goes to Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat who led his side from the front. The left-arm pacer had an unbelievable tournament. He grabbed 67 wickets in the competition – second highest in a single season by any bowler in the history of Ranji Trophy.

During the semi-final game against Gujarat, Unadkat etched his name in record books after he broke a 21-year-old record for most wickets by a fast bowler in a single season. Unadkat surpassed Karnataka’s Dodda Ganesh, who previously held this record when he claimed 62 scalps in the 1998-99 season.

In the match against Bengal, Saurashtra posted 425 in their first innings with Arpit Vasavada smashing a brilliant century. Opener Avi Barot and No.3 batsman Vishvaraj Jadeja scored 54 each. Experienced Cheteshwar Pujara also joined the party and played a vital knock of 66 runs.

In response, Bengal got all out for 381, with Sudip Chatterjee (81) scoring the most runs. Wriddhiman Saha contributed well with 64 off 184 balls, followed by Anustup Majumdar (63 off 151 balls). Arnab Nandi (40) too, played a handy knock down the order.

In the second innings, Saurashtra posted 105-4 in 34 overs when the match ended in a draw. However, Saurashtra won the trophy on the basis of a first-innings lead.

For his outstanding ton, Vasavada was honored with the ‘Player of the Match’ award.

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