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Saurashtra in driving seat

Rajkot: Vishal Joshi (4/59) and Jaydev Unadkat (3/52) shared seven wickets between them to reduce Punjab to 294 for nine on the third day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final match here to assure Saurashtra of a huge first-innings lead.

In reply to Saurashtra’s first innings total of 477, Punjab started the day on 41 for no loss but could add another 253 runs for the loss of nine wickets.

Punjab got off a great start with the two overnight batsmen — Jiwanjot Singh and Ravi Inder Singh — dominating the pre-lunch session, adding another 87 runs to take their opening stand to 128 before the latter departed.

Ravi Inder got out for a well-made 74 off 131 balls studded with 11 fours and two sixes.

Jiwanjot continued in the able company of Taruwar Kohli but Joshi saw off the opener for 168-ball 68 including 11 boundaries.