After Rajasthan were bundled out for a paltry 110 in their second innings, Gujarat looked all set to clinch victory in Jaipur on Thursday.
Chasing a victory target of 174, the visitors were 94 for the loss of one wicket on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'B' league match.
Akash Christian (29) and N Patel (44) were batting at close of play.
Rajasthan had looked firmly in control of the situation after scoring 259 in the first innings and reducing Gujarat to 188 for nine yesterday. But the advantage was frittered away by their bowlers especially Sumit Mathur, who claimed 6 wickets for 52 runs.
Gujarat resumed their innings at the overnight score of 188 for and were able to add only 8 runs to the total before their innings came to a close.
But the Rajasthan batsmen failed to consolidate their position and some reckless batting in the face of some accurate bowling saw Gujarat gain the upper hand.
Aided by Lalit Patel (3-25) and Siddharth Trivedi (3-33), Gujarat turned the tables and hit back to bundle out Rajasthan for 110 (41.3 overs) in their second innings.
Only Gagan Khoda (16), Pankaj Gupta (16) and tailender Anup Dave (23) showed some resistance.
Gujarat batted cautiously in their second innings and were inching towards an unexpected victory. They were 94 for one in 38 overs, 80 runs away from with 9 wickets in hand and a day to go.
Rajasthan first innings: 259
Gujarat first innings
Nilesh Modi lbw Krishna Kumar 11
Akash Christian c Jhalani b Mathur 56
N Patel c Kanwat b Dave 44
Kirat Damani b Mathur 11
Mukumd Parmar b Mathur 02
Bhavick Thakkar b Mathur 05
Timil Patel b Mathur 00
Bhavin Mehta st Jhalani b Kanwat 12
Shyamal Bhatt c Krishna Kumar b Kanwat 20
Sidhartha Trivedi batting 21
Lalit Patel b Mathur 04
Extras (B-1, LB-5, NB-4) 10
Total (all out in 86.5 overs) 196
Fall of wicket: 1-34, 2-113, 3-117, 4-126, 5-132,
6-132, 7-133, 8-166, 9-178, 10-196
Bowling: Sumit Mathur 28.5-9-52-6, Kishan Choudhary
14-4-34-0, P Krishna Kumar 14-3-37-1, Anshu Jain 1-0-6-0,
Rahul Kanwat 21-7-42-2, Anup Dave 8-1-19-1.
Rajasthan second innings
Vinit Saxena c thakur b S Trivedi 6
Gagan Khoda run out 16
Anshu Jain b S Bhatt 8
Nikhil Doru c modi b S Trivedi 3
P Krishnakumar run out 11
Pankaj Gupta lbw S Trivedi 16
Rahul Kanwat c modi b L Patel 1
Rohit Jhalani lbw b L Patel 12
Anup Dave b L Patel 23
Kishan Choudhary not out 00
Sumit Mathur b S Bhatt 01
Extras (lb-8, nb-5) 13
Total (all out in 41.3 overs) 110
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-29, 3-38, 4-40, 5-65, '-70,
7-70, 8-97, 9-109, 10-110
Bowling: Lalit Patel 14-6-25-3, Siddharth Trivedi
16-3-33-3, Shyamal Bhatt 8.3-2-31-2, Bhavin Nehta
Gujarat 2nd innings:
N Modi c Jhalani b Krishnakumar 9
A Christian batting 29
N Patel batting 44
Extras (lb-2, nb-5. Pen-5) 12
Total (for 1 wkt in 38 overs) 94
Fall of wickets: 1-16
Bowling: S Mathur 7-3-16-0, Kishan Choudhary 5-1-17-0,
P Krishnakumar 6-4-10-1, Pankaj Gupta 1-0-2-0, Rahul Kanwat
9-1-18-0, Vineet Saxena 3-0-10-0, Anshu Jain 1-1-0-0, Anup