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Bengal vs Saurashtra, Final at Kolkata, Ranji Trophy, Feb 16 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
Final, Eden Gardens, February 16 - 19, 2023, Ranji Trophy
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174 & 241
(T:12) 404 & 14/1

Saurashtra won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
3/44 & 6/85
jaydev-unadkat
Player Of The Series
907 runs
arpit-vasavada
Match centre 
Scores: Harshith Gowda | Comms: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Bengal 174/10(54.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
69 (112)
3/33 (13)
3/44 (13.1)
Saurashtra 404/10(110 overs)
1st INNINGS
4/111 (37)
60 (123)
3/111 (36)
Bengal 241/10(70.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS
68 (154)
6/85 (22.4)
Saurashtra 14/1(2.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS

Unadkat lifts the trophy, and invites Vasavada to do that too. Vasavada was stand-in captain when Unadkat was away. The Ranji Trophy sits in front of the entire team, before they lift it all and get into loud celebrations. That's it from us for the domestic season of 2022-23, which saw one full round of Ranji matches for the first time since 2019-20. Thanks for your company, as we head off for now! Take care.

Jaydev Unadkat speaks now: "Championships aren't won by one game. It's a long season. We put in a lot of work... won the Vijay Hazare. The guys have a lot of stability... everyone stood up when the team needed. It's not just about a couple of guys. You try to be smart in preparations... We worked on areas where we had to. I love playing for Saurashtra; it's so close to my heart. I feel an adrenaline rush."

Arpit Vasavada is the Player of the Series for his 907 runs: "I feel lucky that I performed when the team needed me. My strength is my defence, so I focus on that. We just had to walk on Unadkat's footsteps [when he was away]. I am happy I perform when my team needs me."

Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat is the Player of the Match for match figures of 9 for 129

Manoj Tiwary collects the runners-up trophy: "Great season for us. I want to congratulate Jaydev Unadkat and his team. I want to thank BCCI for releasing him for this match... They set the precedent. It all started on day one when we lost the toss. There was moisture on the wicket. After that, we were never in the game. Sorry to all Bengal cricket lovers. It was heartening to see the way bowlers bowled."

Time for the presentations

Avinav P: "Elsewhere, Unadkat (who was released from the Test side) rejoined his Ranji side as Captain, took the title as well as 6 wickets in the final innings!"

Bengal continue to fumble despite making it so far: they lost the final in 2019-20, the semi-final in 2021-22 and now the final again. Saurashtra, on the other hand, have won two Ranji titles in three seasons now. Bengal are a side in transition - Dinda and Saha are gone already - with Tiwary being 37 and Majumdar being 38.

11.12am It was a repeat of the 2019-20 final, even in terms of the result. Unadkat continues to show the way for Saurashtra, even as Abishek Porel breaks down for Bengal. Ishan Porel is seen consoling him, while the rest of the Bengal side look almost shocked. Saurashtra get into a huddle, and yell their feelings out. There are cheers, clapping and celebrations in there.

2.4
4
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, FOUR runs

pulled to deep square leg! Saurashtra win the Ranji Trophy. The players sitting in the dugout rush on to the park. Mukesh banged it in short, and Desai swivelled to pull from middle and off

2.3
1
Mukesh Kumar to Jadeja, 1 run

fuller ball on off. Flicked to fine leg after getting across

Ranjit B: "Who could be more happy than Ravi Jadeja? Saurashtra winning here and him taking 7 wickets"

2.2
4
Mukesh Kumar to Jadeja, FOUR runs

four more off the outside edge. Again the ball slides past second slip, as he pushes forward to this good length ball angling into off

2.1
Mukesh Kumar to Jadeja, no run

full ball on off, and tucked to square leg

end of over 25 runs • 1 wicket
SAU: 5/1CRR: 2.50 
Harvik Desai0 (7b)
Vishvaraj Jadeja5 (4b 1x4)
Akash Deep 1-0-5-1
Mukesh Kumar 1-1-0-0
1.6
Akash Deep to Desai, no run

full and on fifth stump. Left alone, as it angles in late

1.5
1
Akash Deep to Jadeja, 1 run

good length on off, and clipped between mid-on and midwicket

1.4
Akash Deep to Jadeja, no run

defended off the outside half of the bat, as he blocks this full ball coming into off

1.3
Akash Deep to Jadeja, no run

full and straighter. Flicked to square leg

1.2
4
Akash Deep to Jadeja, FOUR runs

the ball dribbles past second slip. Deep bowled fuller than the previous ball, angling it in again, and pitching on off. Jadeja drove, but got an outside edge too, even as he played wit soft hands

Vish Jadeja at No. 3

1.1
W
Akash Deep to Jay Gohil, OUT

edged to second slip! Gohil falls first ball. Deep angled one in on a good length on off, but the ball shaped away after pitching. Gohil was punching at it half-heartedly, and got the outside edge

Jay Gohil c Gharami b Akash Deep 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Deep from the other end

end of over 1Maiden
SAU: 0/0CRR: 0.00 
Harvik Desai0 (6b)
Jay Gohil0 (0b)
Mukesh Kumar 1-1-0-0
0.6
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

good length around sixth stump. Dabbed to point

0.5
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

pushes back at this full delivery just outside off

0.4
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

bowls wide of off, and goes full again. It shapes away, as Desai lets it go

0.3
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

full on fourth stump. Tapped down

0.2
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

fuller, and shaping into off. Pushed to point

0.1
Mukesh Kumar to Desai, no run

bowls fullish and outside leg, as it angles down further. Beaten on his flick

10.59am Welcome to the small chase. Just 12 to win.

Match State: Innings Break

70.4
W
Unadkat to Porel, OUT

that's the end of that. Porel steps out to swing this into the leg side but misses and the off-stump is flattened. Unadkat walks off with a six-for and fittingly leads his team off the field. What a lion-hearted performance yet again. He's given the match ball to, one we will all surely get a closer look on Twitter. Saurashtra need 12 to win. Sheldon Jackson began celebrating and tried to run up to pick the stump, but was told to stop because they still have to come out and knock off a few runs.

Ishan Porel b Unadkat 22 (21b 2x4 2x6) SR: 104.76
70.3
Unadkat to Porel, no run

slower delivery outside off, he hides the bat behind the pad and lets it through to the keeper

70.2
1
Unadkat to Mukesh Kumar, 1 run

lofted but no timing, rolls to deep midwicket

70.1
Unadkat to Mukesh Kumar, no run

edged but falls safe, good stop at third slip

Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossSaurashtra, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSaurashtra (and Kathiawar) won the 2022/23 Ranji Trophy
Match days16,17,18,19 February 2023 - day (5-day match)
FC debut
Umpires
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Match Referee
Language
English
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