Ranji Trophy: Pujara plays flawless cricket, Saurashtra dominate

Rajkot: India top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on a successive double hundred but helped Saurashtra post a commendable 570 against Gujarat in the first innings of their Group B Ranji Trophy tie on Friday.

Pujara (182) stitched together a 253-run stand for the second wicket along with fellow overnight centurion Snell Patel (156) as Gujarat`s 17-year old left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai returned best figures of 4/154.

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Pujara, who scored 204 against Jharkhand in Saurashtra`s previous encounter, put on 69 runs with Jaydev Shah (46) and then 53 with Prerak Mankad, who made 62 off 77 balls.

There was also a useful contribution from Chirag Jani, who finished with an unbeaten 46.

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At stumps on the second day, Gujarat skipper and veteran stumper Parthiv Patel was batting on 29 while opener Priyank Panchal was not out on 12 as the hosts trailed by 525 runs.

In a Group A match, the Karnataka batsmen continued their good work on the second day as well with India discard Stuart Binny converting his overnight score of 14 into a well-crafted 118 off 155. Mayank Agarwal (169 overnight) made 176 off 250 balls before Nitish Rana got him run out.

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