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Ranji Trophy: Uttar Pradesh firm favourites vs Saurashtra after consolidating lead to 349

Having scored 385 in their first innings, Uttar Pradesh removed Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply on the second day and mopped the tail on the third morning for 208 to take a substantial 177 run lead in first innings.

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Lucknow Published on: January 17, 2019 22:31 IST
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Ranji Trophy: Uttar Pradesh firm favourites vs Saurashtra after consolidating lead to 349

Uttar Pradesh batsmen fluffed their lines in the second essay but their first innings performance put them in the box seat with lead swelling to 349 against Saurashtra at the end of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.

Having scored 385 in their first innings, Uttar Pradesh removed 'Man of the Moment' Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply on the second day and mopped the tail on the third morning for 208 to take a substantial 177 run lead.

Seamer Ankit Rajpoot (3/71), left-arm medium pacer Yash Dayal (4/55) and fast bowler Shivam Mavi (3/40) shared the spoils at the Ekana Stadium.

The second innings, however, didn't go as per plan with UP finishing third day's play at 172 for 8 but the overall lead will give them a lot of confidence despite the presence of Pujara in the opposition ranks.

Mohammed Saif's 48 was the top-score while first innings hero Rinku Singh was out without troubling the scorers.

Left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja (4/53) and left-arm military medium Chetan Sakariya (3/29) did bulk of the damage while veteran off-spinner Kamlesh Makvana picked up the other wicket.

A target of 350 plus in the fourth innings will be a challenge but with Pujara in the Saurashtra ranks, Uttar Pradesh are likely to have their guard up till the dismiss hero of India's Test series win in Australia.

Brief Scores: UP 385 and 172/8 (Mohd Saif 48, Dharmendra Jadeja 4/53).

Saurashtra 208 (Cheteshwar Pujara 11, Harvik Desai 84, Shivam Mavi 3/40). UP ahead by 349 runs.

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