Dec 112012

Saurashtra 209 (Jadeja 70, Saxena 5-17) and 333 for 8 (Jackson 118*, Jadeja 68, Vasavada 59, Saxena 6-133) beat Bengal 112 (Tiwary 55*, Jadeja 4-48, Doshi 3-24) and 160 (Jadeja 4-50) by 270 runsScorecard

Bengal collapsed to the spin of Ravindra Jadeja and Nayan Doshi to suffer their third loss in six winless games, after they were bowled out for 160 for a big 270-run defeat in Rajkot. Resuming at 65 for 3, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala departed within the first ten overs of the morning session, after which wickets fell regularly. Laxmi Shukla struck three sixes and four boundaries to provide some entertainment, but didn’t last long. At 150 for 5, opener Rohan Banerjee fell to Jadeja for 47, and the innings lasted another 3.2 overs. Bengal were handicapped by the absence of their captain Manoj Tiwary, who was out of the game due to back trouble.

For Saurashtra, the seeds of victory had been laid by the end of the third day, when they had reduced Bengal to 65 for 3 after setting them a target of 431. Sheldon Jackson had scored an unbeaten century as Saurashtra consolidated a 97-run first-innings lead with an impressive batting performance. Jadeja celebrated his Test call-up with 138 runs and eight wickets in the match.

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