Jammu & Kashmir lost 16 wickets on the third day – all of them to the Saurashtra spinners – to lose by a gargantuan innings and 212 runs in Rajkot. Saurashtra bagged seven points by taking six first-innings wickets and then rolling out J&K for 256 across 98.1 overs on the third day. They now have two bonus-points win in as many matches.
Ravindra Jadeja followed his double-century with seven wickets on the day, joined by his namesake Dharmendrasinh – also a left-arm spinner – who took 6 for 68 in the first innings. When J&K batted again, offspinner Vandit Jivrajani dented them with his best figures of 6 for 79.
J&K started the day on 103 for 4 and slid immediately as Parvez Rasool added only one run to his overnight score of 23 as the two Jadejas took the last six wickets for a mere 48 runs, with only Puneet Bisht resisting with an unbeaten 34. While Ravindra ended with 4 for 40, Dharmendrasinh took his seventh five-for in first-class matches.
J&K were asked to follow-on with a massive deficit of 468 but the story changed only a little. Two of their batsmen struck half-centuries – Bisht (55) and No. 9 Ram Dayal (56) – as Jivrajani struck thrice in as many overs before Ravindra joined him with three wickets. But the deficit was too big to overcome for the visitors.
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