Saurashtra in trouble as Pujara falls

 Cheteshwar Pujara. AFP file photo

Young Uttar Pradesh pacer Shivam Mavi did what Australia bowlers could not do for majority of the Test series Down Under -- dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply as the hosts reduced Saurashtra to 170 for seven on day two of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal here on Wednesday.

Uttar Pradesh, resuming day two at 340 for seven, went on to make 385 all out in 103.3 overs with Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat taking a five-wicket haul.

The home team’s pacers -- Mavi (3/39), Ankit Rajpoot (2/58), and Yash Dayal (2/35) -- then ripped through the visitors’ batting. Saurashtra trail Uttar Pradesh by 215 runs going into day three.

While Rajpoot struck off successive balls to reduce the opposition to 35 for two, Mavi took two off two towards the end of the day including the wicket of opener Harvik Desai, the innings -top scorer so far with 84.

However, his most prized wicket was that of Pujara (11), who came into the game fresh from his stellar showing in Australia. Pujara lasted only 28 balls and his innings comprised two fours.

Prerak Mankad frustrated Uttar Pradesh with an unbeaten 42 and was batting alongside Dharmendrasinh Jadeja at stumps.

Brief scores (At Lucknow): Uttar Pradesh (O/n: 340/7): 385 all out (Upendra Yadav 26, Saurabh Kumar 56, Shivam Mavi 42; Jaidev Unadkat 5-86, Damodarsinh Jadeja 3-111) vs Saurashtra: 170/7 (Harvik Desai 84, Prerak Mankad 42 n.o.; Shivam Mavi 3-39, Ankit Rajpoot 2-58, Yash Dayal 2-35).

At Wayanad: Kerala: 185/9 & 171 all out (Sijomon Joseph 56, Jalaj Saxena 44 n.o.; Rush Kalaria 3-36, Axar Patel 3-40) vs Gujarat (O/n: 97/4): 162 all out in 51.4 overs (Parthiv Patel 43; Sandeep Warrier 4-42).

At Nagpur: Uttarakhand (O/n: 293/6): 355 all out in 108.4 overs (Saurabh Rawat 108; Umesh Yadav 4-90) vs Vidarbha: 260/1 in 69 overs (Sanjay Ramaswamy 112 n.o., Wasim Jaffer 111 n.o.).

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