Rajasthan v Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy Plate Final, Rajkot, 3rd day February 4, 2006

Jobanputra stars with bat and ball as Saurashtra close in

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Rajasthan 201 and 99 for 5 (Jobanputra 5-44) trail Saurashtra 408 (Songavkar 52, Jobanputra 54) by 108 runs

Sandeep Jobanputra turned in a fine day at the office, first hitting 54 to extend Saurashtra's overnight score of 250 for 6 to 408, and then bagging five wickets to leave Rajasthan in arrears.

Jobanputra was last man out after adding 85 with Kamlesh Makvana and Sandip Maniar as Saurashthra fought back after the loss of B Songavkar. Songvarkar and Makvana had earlier built on their overnight stand to add 58 for the seventh wicket. Makvana's career-best 39 from 178 minutes at the crease ended when he edged the hard-working Pankaj Singh to Dishant Yagnik, giving the Rajasthan wicketkeeper his seventh catch of the innings.

Resuming his responsiblities with the new ball, Jobanputra then sent back the first five Rajasthan batsmen as the tourists slumped to 99 for 5. With Ajay Jadeja - who top-scored with 71in the first innings - at the crease, Rajasthan will look to their captain for solidarity tommorrow; but with two days remaining, it will take a lot to stop Saurashtra.