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Cricket news - Pujara, Jackson leave Karnataka reeling

Pujara remained unbeaten on 108 at stumps.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson steered Saurashtra out of a precarious situation to a dominance with an unbeaten double century stand on the fourth day of the semi-final game against Karnataka.

Resuming the day on 237 for 8, Karnataka, folded early in the day, adding only two runs to their overnight score. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja dismissed the last two batters in the 80s in the pouch of his 13 first-class fifer.

However, with the eighth wicket pair have added 65 runs, Karnataka had set a relatively ambitious target of 279 on a playing field that was becoming easier and easier for the run. The matter had better be left for the hosts, Vinay Kumar's double strike early in the fourth innings, Saurashtra reeling at 23 for 3.

But with Pujara and Jackson in the middle, was the task far more than you would find out by playing at the end of the day. Both of the thugs struggled early, had shaved a couple close and a couple of poor umpiring decisions go their way, much to the frustration of the Karnataka players.

Jackson was caught on a 3, but the referee turned down a loud appeal. Pujara, similar to the one in the first innings, was caught behind on 34, but for the referee. The duo went on to have the acceptance of your gifts and hit sent then to sew with a 201-run Alliance, and went to stumps without further damage.

The amount of the M Chinnaswamy stadium, that was not impressed by Pujara's refusal to foot not only booed, the referee but also the players, had weeks of the toast of the nation only a few. Chants of "Cheater, cheater' sounded in the stadium and he was booed when he brought up his fifty and 49th first-class to put a ton of Saurashtra in command.

As the partnership built momentum, Karnataka also ran out of plans. Shreyas Gopal picked up an injury, K Gowtham was unpredictable and Abhimanyu Mithun was underbowled. The field placement was too defensive, to the problems the partnership is gaining momentum to pick you up so that Pujara and Jackson singles and keep the scoreboard in motion. The plan of the bouncer didn't work, since both the batsman kept their pulls down to the ground, the cancellation of the presence of the two fielders in the deep.

In the last day on 224 for 3, Saurashtra will have to run 55 to win with seven wickets in hand. Karnataka have six overs in the bowl before you take the second new ball.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 275 & 239 (Shreyas Gopal 61, Mayank Agarwal 46; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 5-48, Jaydev Unadkat 3-35) lead Saurashtra 235 & 224/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 108*, Sheldon Jackson, 90*; Vinay Kumar 2-48, Abhimanyu Mithun 1-35) by 54 runs

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