Irani Cup: Pujara fails as Rest of India bowlers restrict Saurashtra to 212 for 9 on Day 2 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara‘s early dismissal contributed to Rest of India‘s spinners taking the lion’s share of wickets, limiting Saurashtra to 212 for 9 on the second day of the Irani Cup in Rajkot on Monday.
Prior to this, Rest of India had been bowled out for 308 in their first innings, with left-arm spinner Parth Bhut impressively claiming 5 wickets for 94 runs.
The initial damage for Saurashtra was inflicted by Karnataka seamer Vidwath Kaverappa, who managed to secure 3 wickets for just 28 runs in his 9-over spell.
Subsequently, left-arm spinners Saurabh Kumar (3/64 in 25 overs) and Shams Mulani (2/46 in 21 overs) exploited the available turn and bounce to pose challenges for the home team’s batsmen.
However, the pivotal wicket that tilted the balance in Rest of India’s favor was secured by off-spinner Pulkit Narang (1/56 in 21 overs) when he dismissed Pujara for 29 runs off 81 balls, putting Saurashtra on the defensive.
The stodgy southpaw Arpit Vasavada’s (54 off 127 balls) half-century was the only saving grace in an otherwise poor batting performance.
Pujara, who hit three of his four boundaries against spinners, got one delivery from Narang, which bounced a tad more as he tried to play a forward defensive stroke. The resultant easy bat-pad catch was gobbled by Yash Dhull standing at forward short-leg for that exact dismissal.
Before Pujara’s dismissal, Kaverappa bowled perfectly pitched up deliveries to square up openers Harvik Desai (0) and Chirag Jani (2). While Harvik was snapped in the slips to a delivery that shaped away, Jani got one that sort of came in and held its line.
In the second and third session, it was Saurabh and Mulani, who didn’t allow any batter to have a fruitful stand with Vasavada save a brief one where Prerak Mankad (29) added 47 for the sixth wicket. Once Kaverappa got him in his post-lunch spell, there was not much Vasavada could have done.
Brief Scores: Rest of India 308 all out in 94.2 overs (Sai Sudharsan 72, Saurabh Kumar 39; Parth Bhut 5/94 in 29.2 overs).
Saurashtra 212/9 in 80 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 29, Arpit Vasavada 54; Saurabh Kumar 3/64, Vidwath Kaverappa 3/28).
(With PTI Inputs)

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