A seven-wicket haul by medium-pacer Rituraj Singh brought defending champions Rajasthan right back into their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Haryana at the Bansi Lal Stadium at Lahli, near Rohtak, yesterday.
The visitors, who were dismissed for 192 in the second knock to set an 185-run target, hit back to claim two Haryana wickets for 15 runs by stumps.
Robin Bist at the Cricket Club of India recently.
Resuming at the overnight 82 for eight on the second day, Haryana needed eight more runs to overhaul Rajasthan's first-innings score of 89 and they managed to overtake it, but could add only 15 runs before their innings folded up.
The visitors fared a lot better in their second innings to reach 192 and then struck to remove two Haryana batsmen quickly, leaving the hosts to get 170 to make the final.
On a day when 14 wickets fell on a seaming track, Haryana medium-pacer Sachin Rana accounted for four in Rajasthan's second knock.
Harshal Patel, who took his second eight-wicket haul in an innings for the second match running dismissed captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar (7) and the in-form Robin Bist (44) in the second innings for a 10-wicket bag in the match.
Chasing 185 to win, Haryana lost Rahul Dewan (0) and Sunny Singh (1) before the end of play.