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Sheldon hogs the limelight

Rajkot: Sheldon Jackson scored a sparkling century to enable Saurashtra post 477 in their first innings against Punjab on the second day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match here on Thursday.

In reply, Punjab made a steady start to reach 41 for no loss at stumps with Jiwanjot Singh unbeaten on 11 and Ravi Inder Singh batting on 30.

Earlier, resuming at an overnight score of 274 for five, Saurashtra added another 203 runs before being bundled out.

The sixth-wicket stand between Jackson and Kamlesh Makwana yielded 106 runs before Siddharth Kaul removed the former for a 172-ball 107. He hit 16 boundaries and a six en route to scoring his third century of the season.

The departure of Jackson brought Vishal Joshi to the crease and he, along with Makwana, frustrated the visiting team's bowlers.

The duo added 91 runs for the seventh wicket. Leg-spinner Sarabjit Ladda provided the breakthrough by getting rid of Makwana.

He then accounted for two more wickets of Jaydev Unadkat (9) and Dharmendra Jadeja (17) to push Saurashtra on to the backfoot.