Star turn by Ravindra Jadeja

Special Correspondent

Rajkot: Those who admire courage and skill in a cricket match will give high marks to Ravindra Jadeja for his extraordinary performance in this crucial Ranji Trophy super league match between Saurashtra and Hyderabad.

On the opening day of the match on Thursday, he was out for zero and then conceded 45 runs in his wicket-less spell of 10 overs.

But since these setbacks, the gifted all-rounder has proved his worth as a bowler, batsmen and fielder to pave the way for Saurashtra to beat Hyderabad by 105 runs at the Race Course ground here on Saturday, nearly five and half sessions ahead of the scheduled finish.

He exploited the helpful pitch and spun out Hyderabad for 71 one hour before lunch, thus giving Saurashtra five points from the match and a total of 23 from the league.

In all Hyderabad faced 161 balls in the second innings and the left arm spinner finished with a fine analysis of seven for 31 from 12.5 overs in the second innings and 10 for 88 in the match. Rakesh Dhruv, a bowler of Jadeja’s ilk, took three and substitute fielder Arpit Vasavda held three catches around the bat.

Saurashtra will wait for the outcome of the match between Delhi and Rajasthan at Jaipur. Delhi needs six points from that match to level with Saurashtra at 23 and also better Saurashtra run quotient of 1.40 after seven matches.

Delhi’s run quotient was 0.926 after six matches.

The scores: Saurashtra — 1st innings: 133.

Hyderabad — 1st innings: 140.

Saurashtra — 2nd Innings: 183.

Hyderabad — 2nd innings: T. Suman c Kotak b R. Jadeja 1, D. Ravi Teja c Kotak b Dhruv 10, M.P. Arjun lbw b R. Jadeja 23, A. Pai c sub b R. Jadeka 8, A. Shinde lbw b R. Jadeja 12, M. Shakeer c Makwana b R. Jadeja 1, A. Kumar b Dhruv 1, A. Quadri c sub b Dhruv 4. S.M. Shoiab (not out) 5, A. Yadav sub b Vasavda b R. Jadeja 0, Shivshanker lbw b R. Jadeja 0; Extras: (b-4, lb-2) 6; Total: (in 26.5 overs) 71.

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-13, 3-38, 4-55, 5-59, 6-60, 7-64, 8-68, 9-69.

Saurashtra bowling: B. Jadeja 4-1-12-0, R. Jadeja 12.5-2-31-7, Dhruv 9-2-20-3, Makwana 1-0-2-0.