Gujarat beat Jharkhand in a close match to enter the finals of the Ranji trophy. This is the first time Gujarat has come this close to the Ranji trophy tittle since 1951. Gujarat lost the match by 189 runs against Indore in the final of the 1950-51 season, which was the last time Gujarat made through the semi-finals.
Gujarat has reached the finals, finally after a huge gap of 66 years. This time it’s the bowlers who’ve done the trick for Gujarat as their strike bowlers Bumrah and RP Singh picked 6 and 3 wickets each in the second inning. Earlier, Gujarat could post a good score of 390 as PK Panchal scored a massive 149 and skipper Parthiv Patel scored a crucial half-century. The Jharkhand team ended up their first innings by scoring a lead of 18 runs. Ishant Jaggi scored a brilliant century.
Gujarat posted a score of 251 in the second innings. Juneja and Gandhi were the two half-centurions for Gujarat. Chasing a good target of 235, the Jharkhand team couldn’t withstand the heroics of RP Singh and Bumrah. RP Singh picked up a total of 9 wickets in the game while Bumrah picked 7.
Gujarat will be playing the winner of the other semis between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu in the final from January 10th. Making it to the finals after a really long time made it a historic moment for the Gujarat team. The players turned out to be very emotional after the match.
Speaking to BCCI TV, Bumrah said, “I am very happy. It is an emotional day. We (most of us) have played U-19 and U-23 cricket together so we wanted to win as a group. We have been doing well over the last couple of years, but just missed out by a small margin, so we were confident that this year we will not let it go.”
Speaking of the track in Nagpur, he added ” In the fourth innings, 235 is a challenging target. One or two wickets can change the whole match. The ball was swinging as well so that helped a bit too. On such tracks, Patience is the key. We were not trying too hard to take wickets or just go all out.”