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Another double for Pujara

Run machine from Saurashtra Cheteshwar Pujara hammered an unbeaten 261 to help his side amass 463 for three in their second innings on the penultimate day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Karnataka on Wednesday.

Saurashtra had made 469 all out in their first innings and then bowled out Karnataka for 396, thus taking a vital 73-run lead.After day four of the five-day match, Saurashtra have taken an overall lead to 536 with seven second innings wicket intact and look set to enter the semifinal.

Saurashtra, in their second essay, lost Sitanshu Kotak (7) early but Pujara, who was named in the Indian ODI squad against England, did not give the visitors a chance to come back into the match by forging three crucial partnerships.

He first added 89 runs with Sagar Jogiyani (70) for the second wicket and notched up another 105 runs with skipper Jaydev Shah (31), while the unbroken fourth wicket partnership with Sheldon Jackson (batting 70) yielded 243 runs. This was Pujara’s second double hundred of the current Ranji season. The 24-year-old right-handed batsman had made unbeaten 203 against Madhya Pradesh in a league match earlier. Pujara’s 261 runs came off just 275 balls and the strokeful innings was punctuated with 40 fours and a six.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 469 and 463 for 3 in 90 overs (C Pujara batting 261, Sheldon Jackson batting 70) vs Karnataka 396.


PUNJAB ON TOP

Jamshedpur: Jiwanjyot Singh (131) and Taruwar Kohli (151 not out) hit centuries to help Punjab take the crucial first-innings lead over Jharkhand and assure themselves of a place in the last-four stage on the on the fourth and penultimate day.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 1st inngs: 401 all out; Punjab 1st innings: 435 for three in 155.1 overs (Jiwanjyot Singh 131, Taruwar Kohli batting 151).


MUMBAI IN CHARGE

Multiple-time champions Mumbai assured themselves of a place in the last-four stage after bundling out Baroda for 271 before extending their lead to 545.
Brief scores: Mumbai 645/9 decl and 171/1 (K Pawar 70 batting, Hiken Shah 65 batting, Ambati Rayudu 1/32); Baroda: 271 all out (A Rayudu 89 no).
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