January 14, 2000

Gujarat escape with a draw

Gujarat came close to losing their West Zone Ranji Trophy league match against Maharashtra at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel stadium in Ahmedabad by an innings but ultimately held on for a draw to take three points.

Gujarat who resumed at 287 for eight in reply to Maharashtra's first innings total of 501 for seven declared were all out for 309. MV Sane took both wickets to finish with seven for 83 off 41.4 overs. Obliged to follow on with a deficit of 192, Gujarat at one stage were comfortably placed at 107 for two with opener AS Kotecha leading the way with a patient 48. However Sane again got among the wickets and three wickets fell with the total on 107. But K Damani (33 not out) and KD Desai (26) played a notable part in helping Gujarat to close at 194 for eight. Sane took four for 63 to finish with the excellent match figures of eleven for 146.