Saurashtra comprehensively beat Bengal by 9 wickets to lift Ranji Trophy title for second time

Xtra Time Web Desk: Jaydev Unadkat led Saurashtra comprehensively beat Bengal by 9 wickets to lift their second Ranji Tropy title at Eden Gardens on Sunday. After bowling Bengal out for 241 in their second innings, the visitors scored 12 runs needed in just 2.4 overs to complete a dominating win in the final.

Resuming Day 4 from overnight score of 169/4, skipper Manoj Tiwary (68) and Shahbaz Ahmed (27) started the proceedings well but a mix-up between the two ran Shahbaz out to reduce Bengal to 194/5.

Thereafter, the visitors pounced on the opportunity, getting rid of Manoj followed by Abishek Porel (3), Akash Ghatak (4) and Akash Deep (1) to put the home side in a spot of bother at 205/9.

However, Ishan Porel (22) and Mukesh Kumar (15) gave the home side some hope of a fightback by adding a much-needed 36-run partnership for the final wicket.

The last-wicket stand, which helped Bengal avoid an innings defeat, finally ended at the hands of Unadkat.

After the win, an elated Unadkat heaped praise on his boys.

“We were superior in all the departments. Batting, bowling and fielding we were on top. Special mention to Arpit Vasavada for his contribution with the bat in the season. But I will say this is a team effort and we deserve to be champs,” said Unadkat.

It was the second Ranji Trophy title for Saurashtra in 4 years. The last time they won the title was also against the same opponent at Rajkot in 2019-20.