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Saurashtra beat Bengal to emerge as Ranji Trophy Champions

Saurashtra edged out Bengal to lift the Ranji Trophy, by taking the first innings lead here at the SCA International Stadium,in Rajkot.

With the pitch offering little for the bowlers , except the odd one that kept low. The title was always going to be decided on basis of who takes the 1st innings lead. At stumps on day 4 , Bengal needed 72 runs to overhaul Saurashtra’s 425, with 4 wickets in hand.

Anustup Majumdar and Arnab Nandi had played valuable knocks till then. However a magical delivery from skipper Jaydev Unadkat took out Majumdar LBW . Unadkat inflicted another dismisal as he ran out Akashdeep. From there on it was clear about who would end up being champions. Porel and Mukesh perished soon and Bengal folded off 44 runs behind.

Saurashtra went on to score 105/4 in the 2nd innings and ultimately lifted the Ranji Trophy.

Previous teams from Saurashtra were Nawanagar and Western India. Nawanagar won the Ranji Trophy in 1936-37 and were runners up in 1937-38.Western India won the Ranji Trophy in 1943-44.

Saurashtra began competing in the 1950-51 Ranji trophy. They were runners-up in the Ranji Trophy to Mumbai in 2012-13, 2015-16 and in 2018-19 against Vidarbha.

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