Jaipur: Hosts Rajasthan thrashed Orissa by nine wickets to enter the Ranji Trophy Plate Group final on the third day of the five-day Ranji Trophy tie at the KL Saini Stadium here on Friday.

Rajasthan thus earned the right to play in the Elite Group after a gap of three years. Solid performance

In the semifinal clash at Rajkot, Saurashtra took the first innings lead after its pace duo of Sandip Maniar and Sandip Jobanputra dismissed Madhya Pradesh for 275.

The scores: Orissa 94 and 220 (D. Mohanthy 45, P. Singh six for 65) lost to Rajasthan 250 and 68 for one (M. Beerala 41 not out)

Saurashtra 296 & 159 for three (Kanaiya Waghela 54, Sagar Jogiyani 80) vs Madhya Pradesh 275 (A. Khurasiya 80, Abbas Ali 40, M. Mishra 49, S. Maniar five for 94). - Agencies

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