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Ranji Quarterfinals | Gujarat Beat Goa, Karnataka Snatch Lead Against J&K

Gujarat completed formalities, defeating Goa by 464 runs in Valsad to become the first team to enter the semifinals of this year’s Ranji Trophy.

Gujarat were 158 for 1 in their second innings at the start of the day, leading by a whopping 587 runs. They declared at 199 for 6, setting Goa a target of 629.

Goa got nowhere close and were dismissed for 164 in their second innings, 9 runs fewer than their first innings score. Left-arm spinner Siddharth Desai bagged 5 for 81 while left-arm medium pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla got 4 for 18, as Goa got nowhere close.

Karnataka turn things around against J&K

Jammu and Kashmir began the day trailing by 118 runs with 8 wickets in hand, having a great chance at taking a first-innings lead. Had they had a good batting day, they’d have been in a great position to make it to their first semifinal.

However, pacer Prasidh Krishna bagged four wickets to trigger a J&K collapse, as they folded for 192 in reply to Karnataka’s 206 all out, falling short by 14 runs.

Shubham Khajuria fought with 62 while Abdul Samad made a quick 43 off 50 balls, but Krishna, along with J Suchith and Ronit More who bagged two apiece, ensured the hosts fell just short.

Karnataka’s batsmen then made life tougher for J&K, reaching 245 for 4 at stumps, leading by 259. R Samarth (74) and K Siddharth (75*) were the stars with the bat in a much improved performance in the second innings.

Bengal dominate Odisha

Bengal extended their dominance over Odisha in Cuttack, ending Day 4 with one foot in the semifinals.

At stumps, they were 361/7, leading by 443 runs. Having taken the first innings lead, Bengal will be in no hurry to end their innings.

Bengal began the day 79/2 with, Abhishek Raman 4(37) and Manoj Tiwary 3(14) in the middle. Tiwary fell early but Raman (67), Shreevats Goswami (78) and Shahbaz Ahmed (52*) made half-centuries to power Bengal. Unless something dramatic happens on the fifth day, Bengal will make it to the final four.

Saurashtra on top against Andhra

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