Chintan Gaja (5/19) recorded his second five-wicket haul in Ranji Trophy knockouts as Gujarat actually rolled over Goa on the third day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal right here on Saturday.
Gaja wreaked havoc in Goa’s inferior line-up because it took Gujarat lower than 42 overs in an prolonged morning session to assert the remaining eight wickets and wind up Goa’s first innings for a paltry 173.
Regardless of a big 429-run lead and as a substitute of going for an early end by making Goa comply with on, Gujarat most well-liked to rub salt into Goa’s wounds by letting its out-of-form gamers to get some runs.
Whereas Priyank Panchal (37, 58b, 6×4) wasted one more begin when he shouldered one from army medium pacer Suyash Prabhudesai to see his off-stump being uprooted, Samit Gohel (70 n.o., 143b, 9×4) and Bhargav Merai (49 not out, 89b, 5×4) added 86 for the second wicket to assist Gujarat finish the day at 158 for one, an unassailable lead of 587 runs.
Earlier, Gaja, who had marked his First Class debut with a six-wicket haul to star in Gujarat’s maiden Ranji ultimate win in 2016-17, and Roosh Kalaria tied in a single day unbeaten batsmen Amit Verma and Smit Patel, bowling 23 dot balls on the trot.
As soon as Verma fetched a boundary off a tentative punch off the final ball of the fourth over, runs began flowing for the following few overs.
Nevertheless, Gaja broke the 72-run affiliation by trapping Smit and shortly after the drinks break, Verma’s informal whip off Kalaria was well-judged by Axar Patel on the long-leg boundary.
That was adopted by an unbelievable collapse within the final half hour earlier than scheduled lunch, with Gujarat taking 5 wickets for eight runs in 32 balls to depart Goa reeling at 145 for 9 — from 137 for 4 — prompting an extension.
Fittingly, within the final over earlier than the break, Gaja enticed last-man Vijesh Prabhudesai to an edge to Parthiv, who minutes earlier grew to become solely the fifth wicketkeeper to document 300 dismissals in Ranji Trophy.
Gujarat — 1st innings: 602/Eight decl.
Goa — 1st innings: Sumiran Amonkar c & b Kalaria 0, Vaibhav Govekar c Panchal b Gaja 0, Smit Patel lbw b Gaja 31, Amit Verma c Axar b Kalaria 56, Snehal Kauthankar lbw b Gaja 30, Amulya Pandrekar c Gaja b Desai 19, Suyash Prabhudesai (not out) 24, Darshan Misal c Gohel b Gaja 0, Lakshay Garg c Parthiv b Nagwaswalla 4, Felix Alemao c Parthiv b Nagwaswalla 0, Vijesh Prabhudesai c Parthiv b Gaja 8; Extras (lb-1): 1; Whole (in 57.5 overs): 173.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-72, 4-104, 5-137, 6-137, 7-137, 8-145, 9-145.
Gujarat bowling: Kalaria 10-3-47-2, Gaja 13.5-10-19-5, Axar 13-3-47-0, Nagwaswalla 12-2-51-2, Desai 9-5-8-1.
Gujarat — 2nd innings: Priyank Panchal b Suyash 37, Samit Gohel (batting) 70, Bhargav Merai (batting) 49; Extras (nb-2): 2; Whole (for one wkt. in 48 overs): 158.
Fall of wicket: 1-72.
Goa bowling: Garg 5-1-15-0, Alemao 5-1-19-0, Vijesh 3-0-12-0, Misal 16-2-53-0, Suyash 8-0-32-1, Pandrekar 9-1-17-0, Govekar 2-0-10-0.