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Cricket news - Pujara 131* pilots Saurashtra to their third Ranji Trophy final

Pujara remained unbeaten on 131 in the fourth innings.

Cheteshwar Pujara (131*) and Sheldon Jackson (100) heroics in the second innings powered Saurashtra to wicket a hard-fought five-victory against Karnataka in the semi-finals to the General Trophy at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Monday (28. January). The visitors repelled the huge target of 279 during the first session of the 5. Day. With this win, Saurashtra also their third final, reached the tournament victory.

At the beginning of the day, Saurashtra in a comfortable position, a further 55 runs with six wickets still in the shed. Pujara, who anchored the chase brilliantly to thwart a straight bat, the opposition counts. Even he, when he eked out an edge, he played with soft hands.

Sheldon Jackson, his batting partner, completed his hundred with a pull off Abhimanyu ended Mithun. Jackson's teammates gave him a standing ovation. Just as the duo looked to the side at home, Vinay Kumar castled him with a delivery that kept very low. The dismissal ended the match-turning-214-run stand for the fourth wicket.

However, despite Jackson losing on the other end, to play Pujara with a hint of silence. Vinay induced one of those outer edges only of Pujara to play the bat only for the experienced fighter, with gentle hands. He also found an able ally in Aarpit Vasavada (12) as the pair strung together a partnership of 37 for the fifth wicket.

Finally, Ronit More Vasavada away, but then, the result of the game was more or less a foregone conclusion. Prerak Mankad then hit the winning run with a single from More. The 23-year-old celebrated the triumph with a fist pump, and hugged Pujara.

Jaydev Unadkat took seven wickets in the game, and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, the left-arm spinner, who snared five scalps in the second essay, also deserve a fair share of the credit for the support of Saurashtra-sealed-game. The Karnataka camp, would, in the meantime, perhaps consider what went on the few rough decisions against them. Saw before capsulise the point, in the second innings, Jackson is pretty plumb, as he's 3 and Pujara edged behind, while he was on 34, but on both occasions, which is awarded on the field referee, as it is not.

Saurashtra is now the defender of the title, Vidarbha meet, in the summit clash.

Brief Scores: Karnataka 275 (Shreyas Gopal 87, Srinivas Sharath 83; Jaydev Unadkat 4-56) & 239 (Shreyas Gopal 61, Mayank Agarwal 46; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 5-48, Jaydev Unadkat 3-35) lost to Saurashtra 236 (Snell Patel 85; Ronit More 6-60) & 279/5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 131*, Sheldon Jackson 100; Vinay Kumar 3-75) by five wickets.

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