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    44.4 finally Punjab get a wicket. This has been a long time coming. Saurashtra have been edgy and streaky since lunch. This time Kotak goes back and practically guides a shortish ball to slip. Mandeep Singh takes a sharp catch there 150/3
    4 timbahhhhh. Jogiyani's lack of foot work has been exposed. Stays back to play a length ball. This is the first ball to move all morning, and it has beaten the inside edge by a long way. Hits him plumb in front, but no appeal is required for an lbw because the ball has ricocheted and flattened the off stump. Ordinary batting for an opener 6/1
    18.4 the Kauls strike. c Uday Kaul b Siddarth Kaul. Length ball outside off, holds its line, takes the edge of a bat left hanging to dry outside off. Uday Kaul takes a nice low catch to his right. I know a few wicketkeepers who don't even go for these 58/2
    56.4 Bipul Sharma is overjoyed. Breaks into a really slow joyful Bhangra jig. Shah wants another six over long-on, but gets too close to the pitch of this ball, and finds Sandeep Sharma at long-on. Big wicket 194/4
    99.2 Kaul finally gets his man. Denied the wicket yesterday, he has now produced a beauty. Short of a length, nipping in, Jackson plays inside the line, and his off stump is flattened 335/6
    65.4 another part-timer strikes in his first over. After Bipul Sharma, it is Taruwar Kohli. Lovely delivery. Length ball, middle and leg, swinging in, beating the inside edge. He gets the decision 229/5
    135.1 Ladda finally gets a wicket. With sharp turn and bounce, but Makvana will need a crane to take him off. They are checking for a no-ball, and this time Ladda is fine. But there is another reason why Makvana is slow to walk off. Sharp dip, turn and bounce, but it doesn't seem to have taken the edge. Goes off the keeper's glove to slip, and he is given. There is a sound, but his bat has hit his pad. There is hardly an appeal from the keeper and slip 426/7
    not out
    145.4 Ladda gets another via a superb catch by Sandeep Sharma running back. Unadkat runs out of patience, and tries a slog sweep. Sandeep Sharma runs backwards from mid-on, gets under it, takes the catch, but falls back and seems to have hurt his neck or head 444/8
    153.4 and Ladda walks off this time. Wonder why he didn't walk last ball. Tossed up outside off, looks to drive against the turn, gets a faint edge, and Kaul catches it on the second grab. Don't think Bailey would have given this one either. Guilt playing on Jadeja's mind 476/9
    155 flighted well wide of off, Trivedi pushes at it, gets an edge, Kaul takes it. Saurashtra score 477, a challenging total 477/10
    34 (b 18, lb 7, nb 7, w 2)
    477 all out (155 Overs, RR: 3.07, 681 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (SD Jogiyani, 3.6 ov), 2-58 (RR Dave, 18.4 ov), 3-150 (SH Kotak, 44.4 ov), 4-194 (JN Shah, 56.4 ov), 5-229 (AV Vasavada, 65.4 ov), 6-335 (SP Jackson, 99.2 ov), 7-426 (KR Makvana, 135.1 ov), 8-444 (JD Unadkat, 145.4 ov), 9-476 (DA Jadeja, 153.4 ov), 10-477 (SK Trivedi, 154.6 ov)
    Sandeep Sharma2166002.8500
    S Kaul31411933.8306
    Amitoze Singh402005.0000
    Harbhajan Singh37610222.7500
    S Ladda41910932.6521
    Bipul Sharma1141211.0900
    T Kohli1003013.0000
    54.1 Joshi strikes again. Jiwanjot back to a length ball, and gives himself no chance. The ball turns in, from outside off, past the inside edge, hits him in front of off and deep inside the crease. Easy decision to make 152/2
    45.5 Gone. Turn and bounce from well outside off. Short of a length, Ravi Inder Singh defends with an open stance, and gets a healthy edge to gully 128/1
    86.4 what are Punjab doing here? They have completely lost it. Chest high short ball, he tries to pull it, gets a top edge to slip. They have thrown away two wickets in three balls 252/5
    67.3 boy, what a catch. This is a full-blooded sweep into the forward short leg, Vasavada, who is ducking for cover. The ball hits his front arm, and then goes and lodges itself in the rear armpit. That's a freak dismissal 195/3
    86.2 short of a length, on off, defended, and he has run himself out. What a brain fade. Kaul goes for an impossible single, the ball has hardly gone anywhere, and Trivedi runs him out running in from mid-on. Not even a desperate dive can get him in. Kaul punches his own head in disgust as he walks back. That's a real gift for Saurashtra. As Amol Karhadkar says, this was not a good Kaul for the single 252/4
    92.5 poor batting continues. Short of a length, angling away, nothing special about the delivery, but this time he succeeds in guiding it to the keeper. Saurashtra have a foot in the final now 267/7
    89.5 another wicket. Punjab are throwing it away. Nothing extraordinary about this delivery. Length ball, just outside off, going with the angle, and he pokes at it, edging it to second slip 261/6
    110.1 bowled'im, and it can only be good for Punjab. Sixteen more minutes they wasted today. Wild hoick from Harbhajan, misses, and the leg stump is flat 299/10
    95 and Saurashtra have another wicket. Siddarth Kaul plays the line of a length ball on off, the ball angles away to take the edge. Punjab are looking at a follow-on here, which Saurashtra might not enforce 272/8
    104 bowled'im. Tossed up outside off, Sharma defends with his feet stuck in front of leg, and it turns back through the gate 287/9
    not out
    1 (w 1)
    299 all out (110.1 Overs, RR: 2.71, 482 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-128 (R Inder Singh, 45.5 ov), 2-152 (Jiwanjot Singh, 54.1 ov), 3-195 (Mandeep Singh, 67.3 ov), 4-252 (U Kaul, 86.2 ov), 5-252 (T Kohli, 86.4 ov), 6-261 (Bipul Sharma, 89.5 ov), 7-267 (Amitoze Singh, 92.5 ov), 8-272 (S Kaul, 94.6 ov), 9-287 (Sandeep Sharma, 103.6 ov), 10-299 (Harbhajan Singh, 110.1 ov)
    JD Unadkat2465632.3310
    SK Trivedi22.184622.0700
    DA Jadeja2518603.4400
    KR Makvana2145202.4700
    VH Joshi1825943.2700
    45.4 Harbhajan gets his man. Punjab in with a semblance of a chance still. Kotak not too sure with his dance down the wicket, and the ball dips on him, and all he manages is a lob back to Harbhajan. Can this wicket turn it around for Harbhajan? 117/4
    18.2 and Sharma strikes in his first over again. Hangs this in the air, the ball dips, and then bounces to hit the glove, and lob to silly point for an easy catch. Saurashtra effectively 228 for 1 50/1
    38 finally he gets a wicket. Full, flat, doesn't turn much, pitches off and middle, and is hitting leg. Dave doesn't react at all, as if he missed the ball in the flight, and is caught plumb 102/2
    42.2 extra bounce. Short of a length, angling away, Shah clashes at it, gets the edge, Amitoze Singh at slip takes it well 109/3
    not out
    47.1 Harbhajan beginning to get on a roll now. Slow, flighted, dipping, turning from a good length on off, hits the shoulder of the bat, and is taken well by Kaul 123/5
    48 Harbhajan on absolute fire here. Turn, bounce, dip. Suddenly a switch has been turned on. Where has this Bhajji been? Dips on him, Makvana goes back, the ball bounces sharply, takes the glove, goes past Uday Kaul, but Mandeep Singh takes a sharp catch at slip 123/6
    50.1 Kaul produces the edge, and this time there is a second slip for a change. This game is alive and kicking. Kaul has bowled his heart out here, and this time he gets the reward. Or does he? They are checking replays for a no-ball, and this time Kaul is fine. Short of a length, holds its line outside off, Joshi pushes at it away from the body, and edges, and Mandeep takes a low catch to his left 130/7
    50.4 timbah. Kaul and Harbhajan are on fire here. Saurashtra getting blown away. Poor leave from Unadkat. The ball is full, just outside off, and then swings in late to knock the off stump over. Unadkat's feet are on the leg-stump fine. Boy this is some turnaround 130/8
    61.3 Ladda produces the breakthrough. Jadeja caught deep inside the crease to a length ball. It turns in sharply from outside off, and would have hit the middle stump 169/9
    63 and he has produced the wicket with that last ball. Bipul Sharma has produced timely wickets today. Arm ball, doesn't turn, and a good decision by the umpire because before the ball hit the pad, the bat hit the pad too, and there was a lot of activity around there. However, eventually that looks adjacent 170/10
    8 (b 4, lb 2, nb 2)
    170 all out (63 Overs, RR: 2.69, 270 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-50 (SD Jogiyani, 18.2 ov), 2-102 (RR Dave, 37.6 ov), 3-109 (JN Shah, 42.2 ov), 4-117 (SH Kotak, 45.4 ov), 5-123 (AV Vasavada, 47.1 ov), 6-123 (KR Makvana, 47.6 ov), 7-130 (VH Joshi, 50.1 ov), 8-130 (JD Unadkat, 50.4 ov), 9-169 (DA Jadeja, 61.3 ov), 10-170 (SK Trivedi, 62.6 ov)
    S Kaul1655333.3101
    Harbhajan Singh2666042.3000
    S Ladda1353012.3001
    Bipul Sharma721522.1400
    Mandeep Singh10606.0000
    2.2 Jiwanjot Singh is gone. He has been loose to length balls outside off, and it has shown. Drives away from the body, the angle takes it away, takes a healthy edge, and second slip laps it. Jiwanjot gone with his season tally at 995. Will he get another chance to make it to 1000? 16/1
    29.4 Ravi Inder Singh runs out of patience, Joshi has heaps of it. Joshi keeps bowling on a length, keeps ripping it, finally RI jumps out of the crease, wants to hit over mid-off, the ball turns and hits the outside half and goes to cover. Saurashtra a wicket closer to the final 82/4
    8.5 and Unadkat has another. The advantage right back with Saurashtra. Full ball, outside off, perhaps holding its line, Kohli plays a big drive, gets a healthy edge, and Unadkat swallows it at first slip 30/2
    25.4 bowled'im. Joshi does it again, and it is the big wicket of Mandeep Singh. Tossed up wide outside off, Mandeep goes to pad it away, but has misjudged the line and has stretched too far. The ball breaks in sharply, and squeezes under the knee bend, and hits the middle stumps. That's huge turn 71/3
    34.1 plumb. This was always a matter of time. Kaul has been all at sea against spin. He has failed to pick length early, and the same happens here too. Stays back to a length ball, which turns in sharply from outside off, and hits him in front of the stumps and deep in the crease. Three more to go 98/7
    31.5 what a ripper. Lovely catch. Can't say the same about the mindless shot. Amitzoe sweeps, a premeditated shot without getting close to the pitch of the ball. The ball turns and bounces from outside off, hits the top edge, flies towards square leg, and looks like it will fall safe until you see the tall Makvana sprint across from backward short leg. He goes about 15-20 metres before putting in a full-length sideways dive to pull off this stunner 88/5
    32.5 Punjab are playing like headless chickens. Bipul comes down the wicket, is nowhere near near the pitch of the ball, and then turns his head away and slogs this to leg. The thick edge lobs to point. Saurashtra have won this bar the shouting 91/6
    37.2 Saurashtra need one more wicket. Big slog to a full ball outside off, misses by a week, and Joshi hits the stumps again 102/9
    37 arm ball, and Kaul is caught dead in front. No turn, and straight into the stumps, and Kaul is deep in the crease. Easy decision to make 102/8
    40 and Joshi does it in some style. Legbreak to finish it off. Pitches leg, fools him, hits top of off. Joshi takes five, and he is telling them he can do anything. A legbreak to finish it off 119/10
    not out
    119 all out (40 Overs, RR: 2.97, 174 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Jiwanjot Singh, 2.2 ov), 2-30 (T Kohli, 8.5 ov), 3-71 (Mandeep Singh, 25.4 ov), 4-82 (R Inder Singh, 29.4 ov), 5-88 (Amitoze Singh, 31.5 ov), 6-91 (Bipul Sharma, 32.5 ov), 7-98 (U Kaul, 34.1 ov), 8-102 (S Kaul, 36.6 ov), 9-102 (Harbhajan Singh, 37.2 ov), 10-119 (Sandeep Sharma, 39.6 ov)
    JD Unadkat823023.7500
    KR Makvana401503.7500
    DA Jadeja1432531.7800
    VH Joshi1114353.9000
    SK Trivedi30602.0000

Close of Play

  • Wed, 16 Jan - day 1 - Saurashtra 1st innings 274/5 (SP Jackson 70*, KR Makvana 13*, 87 ov)
  • Thu, 17 Jan - day 2 - Punjab 1st innings 41/0 (Jiwanjot Singh 11*, R Inder Singh 30*, 17 ov)
  • Fri, 18 Jan - day 3 - Punjab 1st innings 294/9 (Harbhajan Singh 28*, S Ladda 0*, 107 ov)
  • Sat, 19 Jan - day 4 - Punjab 2nd innings 45/2 (R Inder Singh 10*, Mandeep Singh 11*, 19 ov)
  • Sun, 20 Jan - day 5 - Punjab 2nd innings 119 (40 ov) - end of match

Punjab 4th innings Partnerships

1st16R Inder SinghJiwanjot Singh
2nd14R Inder SinghT Kohli
3rd41R Inder SinghMandeep Singh
4th11U KaulR Inder Singh
5th6U KaulAmitoze Singh
6th3U KaulBipul Sharma
7th7Harbhajan SinghU Kaul
8th4Harbhajan SinghS Kaul
9th0Harbhajan SinghSandeep Sharma
10th17S LaddaSandeep Sharma
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