Rajasthan win maiden Ranji title

Vadodara, Jan 15 (PTI) Giant-killers Rajasthan notched uptheir maiden Ranji trophy title after defeating hosts Barodaon the basis of their first innings lead in the finals of theSuper League cricket tournament here today.

Resuming their second innings at 201 for four, Rajasthanamassed 341 in 129.1 overs and then reduced Baroda to 28 forfour in 14 overs with Deepak Chahar wrecking havoc with threewickets in his seven overs for 15 runs.

Earlier, skipper AL Menaria (101), who was dropped twiceyesterday, added another 25 runs along with overnight batsmanRR Parida (89) en route to his 149-ball century before beingcaught and bowled by Aditya Waghmode.

Parida also couldn''t hang around too long and was trappedin front of the wicket by BA Bhatt.

Murtuja Vahora then struck twice to remove Madhur Khatri(18) and Vivek Yadav (13). Deepak Chahar then became SwapnilSingh''s victim as Rajasthan slipped to 282 for nine.

But last man and wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani cracked a80-ball 43 -- studded with seven fours -- to add 59 runs withPankaj Singh (24) to take Rajasthan to 341 in the secondinnings.

Chahar and Pankaj Singh then spitted venom and mowed downthe top order at the Moti Bagh Stadium here.

The first wicket to fall was KH Devdhar (5) when hefailed to negotiate Chahar''s short quick delivery and hookedit in the air as Saxena took the catch at square leg.

Two balls later, Pankaj scalped opener JA Kolsawala (13).

His good length delivery angled across as going for a drive,Kolsawala edged it to wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani as Barodaslumped to 18 for two.

In the sixth over, Chahar claimed his second wicketremoving Swapnil Singh. His delivery squared up Swapnil andtook his blade''s outside edge to Chopra at second slip.

Chahar struck again, dismissing Waghmode to claim histhird wicket. He induced a leading edge off the batsman andcompleted an easy catch as Baroda were reduced to 24 for 4.

Later, Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar attributedthe victory to the team effort.

"I can''t describe this feeling, it is a honour to playwith these guys and it is satisfying that we have done it as ateam, it is a team effort, that has been strength thisseason," he said.

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