Rajkot: Saurashtra’s opening batsman Sheldon Jackson is in the form of his life. He not only struck his second consecutive century but did so in such a dominating manner that the opposition bowlers would need some psychological help before their next game.
Batting second, Saurashtra needed 200 runs from 50 overs to win their Vijay Hazare Trophy Group D tie against Goa at the SCA stadium Khandheri on Saturday. But, thanks to Jackson’s superb knock where he scored 75 per cent of the runs, they chased down the target in just 26 overs to thrash Goa by 10 wickets.
Jackson, who had struck a century against Madhya Pradesh on Friday, continued his good run with the bat making 150 runs off 103 balls. During his innings, The 27-year-old right handed batsman hit 22 fours and four sixes. His opening partner Avi Barot remained not out on 49 off 56 balls, which included four boundaries.
Opting to bowl, Saurashtra bundled out Goa for 199 in 47.4 overs. Only four Goa batsmen could reach the double digit.
Skipper Sagun Kamat (95) missed his well-deserved century by just five runs while Swapnil Asnodkar (30), Reagan Pinto (29) and Saurabh Bandekar (17) reached the double digit.
Medium pacer Saurya Sanandiya was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 41, while Ravindra Jadeja took two for 31.
This is Saurashtra's second win of the tournament.
Goa: 199 all out in 47.4 overs (Sagun Kamat 95, Swapnil Asnodkar 30, Saurya Sanandiya 3/41, Ravindra Jadeja 2/31) lost to Saurashtra: 202 without loss of 26.2 overs (Sheldon Jackson 150 not out, Avi Barot 49 not out) by 10 wickets.
Points: Saurashtra 4, Goa 0.