Rajasthan v Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy Plate Final, Rajkot, 1st day February 2, 2006

Maniar gives Saurashtra a great platform

Cricinfo staff

Saurashtra 36 for 0 trail Rajasthan 201 (Jadeja 71, Kanwat 50, Maniar 5-59) by 165 runs

Saurashta took the honours on the first day of the Ranji Trophy Plate Group final at Rajkot thanks to an impressive spell of fast bowling from Sandip Maniar that dismissed Rajasthan for just 201.

Maniar struck blows at vital junctures: he drew first blood by forcing Mithun Beerala to edge behind in the fourth over, and then, broke a threatening 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Nikhil Doru and Ajay Jadeja, Rajasthan's captain. Following Doru's dismissal, Maniar ran through Rajasthan's tail en route to his fifth first-class five-for.

Maniar's initial strike opened the gates for Sandeep Jobanputra to prise out additional wickets at the top, leaving Rajasthan at 91 for 4 going in to lunch. Rajasthan's fightback came in two spurts: in the first session Rahul Kanwat smacked a 58-ball 50 to add 44 with Doru, while in the afternoon Jadeja scored an impressive 71. Barring these three, no other Rajasthan batsman contributed anything of note, and this may prove costly as the match progresses.

In reply, Kanaiya Vaghela and Sagar Jogiyani, Saurashtra's openers, put up 36 in 13 overs.