S Trivedi strikes' cripple Saurashtra, Guj in Command

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Rajkot, Nov 4 (UNI) A fiery spell of pace bowler Siddharth Trivedi has left Saurashtra reeling at eight for four wickets in reply to Gujarat's mammoth first innings total of 581 for six declared, on the second day of the four-day super league Ranji Trophy match at the Madhav Rao Scindia Ground here today.

Siddharth Trivedi has so far captured four wickets for seven runs from five overs, as Saurashtra could manage to score just eight runs by losing four wickets in ten overs when stumps were drawn.

Trivedi removed K Waghela, S Jogiani, S Kotak and Jaydev Shah in a tidy opening five overs spell, which left the home team tottering at eight for four.

Siddharth Trivedi initially removed Kanaya Waghela in his first over's last ball, clean bowled him with his accurate bowling and Saurashtra were zero for one. In his fourth over, he struck twice, trapped Jogiani leg before for zero and again dismissed Shitansu Kotak, who was caught at third slip by Sunny Patel after making two runs and hosts were three for three.

Saurashtra suffered another blow, when captain Jaydev Shah was out in a similar fashion to Sitanshu Kotak.

At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sandeep Maniar were batting with four and one runs respectively.

Earlier, Gujarat resuming the innings on 304 for four wickets, lost Sunny Patel's wicket in the first over of the morning as he was dismissed by medium pacer Sandeep Jobanputra without addition to overnight score. Sunny Patel failed to reach his first maiden century by ten runs. Timil Patel joined with Bhavik Thakkar and added 200 runs for the sixth wicket before former was out by J Odedra.

Bhavik Thakker missed double century by just eight runs.

His innings (192) was studded with 19 fours and five mighty sixes while facing 359 balls.

Saurashtra bowlers toiled hard to unsettle the Gujarat's batsmen.

Timil Patel completed his maiden ton and remained not out on 104 in which he clouted eleven boundaries when Gujarat's captain Parthiv Patel declared their first innings at the total of 581 for six wickets. Mohanish Parmar also remained not out on 39 from 23 balls in which he executed four boundaries and one six.

The Captain's timely declaration proved worthwhile and tightened the grip over the match by removing four top order batsmen just eight runs.

Follow on looms large on the Saurashtra if their batsmen failed to capitalise on the innings. Not only that, they would suffer a humiliating defeat too, if their dismal performance continues.

Brief score: Gujarat Ist Innings 581 for six in 168 overs (Bhavik Thakker 192, Sunny Patel 90, Timil Patel not out 104, Mohanish Parmar not out 39, S Jobanputra three for 140, J Odedara two for 128 and R Dhruve one for 83) Saurashtra Ist innings: eight for four wickets in ten overs (C Pujara not out 04 and S Maniar not out 1 Sidhharth Trivedi four for seven).

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