Jaydev Unadkat-led Saurashtra won their maiden Ranji Trophy title on Friday after earning a 44-run lead in the first innings vs Bengal in the final which eventually ended in a draw in Rajkot. In reply to Saurashtra’s first-innings total of 425, Bengal fell short by 44 runs on the 5th and final day handing the hosts a firm grip on the title.
Even though there were 70 overs remaining in the day after Bengal innings ended, it wasn’t enough for the opposition bowlers to bowl out Saurashtra and at the end of the 34th over the captains decided that they had enough, shaking hands. Saurashtra players were jubilant after coming up short twice in the Ranji Trophy final in the past decade, losing to Mumbai on both occasions.
As per the rules, if the final of the Ranji Trophy is headed towards a draw, then the winner is decided on the basis of a first-innings lead. Whoever manages to take the lead in the first innings, is declared as the champion.
Saurashtra bundled out Bengal for 381 on Friday, gaining a slender lead of 44 runs.
Resuming day five at 354/6, Bengal lost its final four wickets for just 27 runs and was bowled out for 381. As soon as Bengal was bowled out, Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat ran around the stadium to celebrate the feat.
Unless something dramatic happens, Saurashtra will be going away with its second Ranji Trophy title. The side had won the tournament last season as well.