The 2019-20 final of the Ranji Trophy is underway. Both Saurashtra and Bengal teams are waging a battle on the field along with their games. This was observed in the morning session on the fourth day of Ranji final at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. It seemed that the players and teams are at stake. Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat was upset with a big fourth wicket partnership between Sudeep Chatterjee and Wriddhiman Saha. As a result, the middle stump was uprooted when he threw the ball angrily towards the batsman.
This incident happened before lunch. Chatterjee and Saha had troubled the Saurashtra bowlers. Especially Saha batted excellently. The wicketkeeper-batsman of the Indian team was caught by Vishwaraj Jadeja off the ball of Jaydev Unadkat. After lunch, Saurashtra appealed to Caught Behind for Saha, but it was clear in the replays that the bat had hit the ground.
Post that, Saurashtra opted for a caught-behind review for Saha, but the replays clearly displayed that the latter bat had hit the ground.
Saha and Sudip Chatterjee ensured that Bengal went unscathed in the morning session and at the time of writing were 3-225; 200 runs still in arrears of Saurashtra‘s first-innings total of 425.
Earlier, Saurashtra batted first and on the back of a gritty hundred from Arpit Vasavada  and half-centuries from Avi Barot , Vishvaraj Jadeja  and Cheteshwar Pujara posted a commanding first-innings total on a track that has come under stinging criticism from Bengal Head Coach Arun Lal.
“Very poor wicket. The board has to look into things like these. The ball is not coming up. This is not good for cricket. The ball is not getting off, it is dusting, reversing. Very poor,” Arun Lal had said after the first days play.
However, pitch curator countered Lal’s comment with a sharp rebuttal, terming it as ‘poor misjudgment’
“It is a rather hasty and poor judgment by the Bengal Coach and it may not be beneficial for their own players when the coach makes a statement like this” Mahendra Rajdev said.