Rajkot: At a venue that has seen runs aplenty, Punjab did well to not let their shoulders droop after losing the toss and being asked to field against Saurashtra on day one of the Ranji Trophy semifinal at the Saurasthra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday (January 16).
Saurashtra ended the day at 274 for five in 87 overs, with Sheldon Jackson (70) and Kamlesh Makwana (13) sharing an unbroken 45-run stand for the sixth wicket. However, at no stage did Punjab allow Saurashtra to run away with a big advantage on a pitch that looked as green as the outfield from a distance, but didn't provide too much assistance for the bowlers once the initial moisture dried out.
Saurashtra will feel a little let down by their top-order batsmen, none of whom could carry on to make a big score despite getting their eye in. Siddharth Kaul made an impact straightaway in the fourth over with Sagar Jogiyani (5) playing down the wrong line to lose his off stump.