Ranji Trophy Final: Fifth day’s play to happen in empty stadium

Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for 64

Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed for 64

The fifth and final day of the Ranji Trophy final between Saurashtra and Bengal which is happening in Rajkot will be played behind closed doors amid the threat posed by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

According to the rules of the tournament, if the final ends in a draw, then whoever manages to take the first-innings lead is declared as the victor. Majumdar followed on the footsteps of Sudip Chatterjee (81) and Wriddhiman Saha (64) to hit a resilient unbeaten 58 off 134 balls with Arnab Nandi (28 off 82 balls) as Bengal ended the day on 354/6, trailing by 71 runs with four wickets in the bag.

It was a sign of poor match awareness from Akash as he wasn't aware of his presence in the crease, and the decision cost him and his side dearly, as they eventually lost the game.

"The best thing about this team is majority have played cricket together for a long time".

Saurashtra had posted 425 in their first innings riding on a brilliant century from Arpit Vasavada and gritty half-centuries from Avi Barot, Vishvaraj Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara. But first Sudip Chatterjee-Manoj Tiwary partnership, and then the partnership between Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha have massively helped to rescue the team.

With Bengal 55 runs behind, Nandi tried his best and went for his strokes but in the end, his team fell agonisingly short.

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Meanwhile, the left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who has taken 65 wickets in this season and standing on the position of the leading wicket-taker without any danger, hasn't taken a wicket in the game yet.

Fittingly, Unadkat took the last wicket of Bengal's innings by catching number 11 Ishan Porel plumb in front of the stumps.

Frustrating for not taking any wicket in this crucial match, Jaydev Unadkat once threw back the returning ball to the batting end stumps. It was a big blow for Bengal as it was their second wicket in the same over.

Soon, a fresh stump was bought and that game was continued.

The Day 5 of the Ranji Trophy 2019-20 semi-final between Saurashtra and Bengal is set to be played behind close doors with only players, match officials, accredited media set to be allowed along with select state officials.

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