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Ranji Trophy Final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 31, 2017, 5:45 PM IST
17:09(IST)

Fruitless final session for Delhi, Vidarbha continue to pile on the runs and they have ended the day at 528/7. Delhi's bowling has been absolutely poor today but some phenomenal batting from Vidarbha, the tail has clicked for them and the lead has crossed 200. Vidarbha might have already won this one but do join us for all the live action.

17:00(IST)

Khejroliya concedes three runs in that over, Vidarbha's total moves to 527/7

16:57(IST)

Delhi have gone into defensive and these are weird tactics. Specially when bowling to Neral. Vidarbha 526/7

16:47(IST)

Delhi continue to toil in the field without much reward. Vidarbha continue to pile on the runs, Vidarbha 522/7

16:38(IST)

Unbelievable, Khejroliya has again taken the wicket of Neral but this time he has overstepped the crease! This is the second time this is happening. Vidarbha 517/7

16:33(IST)

100 partnership is up for the 8th wicket, down the leg side from Saini and Pant fails to collect it behind the stumps. Vidarbha 516/7

16:20(IST)

50! Neral also completes his half century off just 68 balls. He has hit 4 boundaries and 4 maximums. What an innings from him, Vidarbha 507/7

16:13(IST)

500 up for Vidarbha and Neral has absolutely smashed Khejroliya out of the ground. The lead also crosses 200. Delhi looking helpless right now. Vidarbha 502/7

16:09(IST)

Neral is struck right on his head there with a bouncer from Khejroliya, medical staff is on the field. Vidarbha 496/7

16:03(IST)

Vidarbha lead approaches 200 now, they have batted Delhi out of the game here it seems as we break for drinks. Vidarbha 490/7

15:48(IST)

Khejroliya gets the wicket but its a no ball. Short outside off and he attempts the ramp shot one more time. This time he connects, but fine leg has been kept at that very place for that very shot. Down his throat, but the umpire wants the third umpire to have a look. This was the third bouncer and hence its termed as a no ball

15:34(IST)

Khejorliya bowling well but not bowling at the stumps, Delhi's body language looks absolutely battered. The partnership has also crossed 50. Vidarbha 477/7

15:30(IST)

The ball is going in the air but falling in the safe spots, Delhi bowlers continue to be wicketless. Vidarbha 476/7

15:16(IST)

CLOSE CALL! Wadkar pulls in a dive just at the right moment to make it to the crease. Great effort, he has been there for 181 balls now. Vidarbha 462/7

15:11(IST)

Vidarbha cross 450 now, Khejroliya bowling well but Delhi not getting the wickets they need. Vidarbha 452/7

15:06(IST)

Dhruv Shorey resumes proceedings for Delhi, and the slip fielder drops it. Though a difficult catch but it should have been taken. Vidarbha 449/7

14:41(IST)

100 for Wadkar! That's a hundred for Wadkar. He again dances down the track, and hits Mishra towards the mid-on boundary for a four. That is first hundred for the Vidarbha man. It's 444/7. The lead is 149 at Tea.

14:38(IST)

Now Neral gets into the act. The batsmen gives a charge to Nitish Rana, and hits a big six. He plays rest of the over safely, and takes the score to 440/7. The lead is 145 runs now. 

14:34(IST)

Wadkar dances down the track, and hits the right over Mishra's head. That's a big six by Wadkar, his first of the innings. He reaches 96, and reaches closer to his first first-class ton. Vidarbha are 434/7. 

14:30(IST)

Wadkar has reached 90. He would look to complete his century before tea. Shorey just gives away three runs in the over. It is 428/7. The lead is 133 runs. 

14:27(IST)

Mishra comes back to bowl. He gives away just one run in the over. Neral safely blocks the over. Vidarbha are 425/7. 

14:24(IST)

Shorey delivers another over. Just one run coming from the over. The batsmen would refrain from taking any risk at the moment. Vidarbha are 424/7. 

14:20(IST)

It was no surprise that Rana got another over after the wicket. And with tea just a few minutes away, Delhi would be looking to end with the part-timers. Vidarbha are 423/7. 

14:17(IST)

Part-timer Shorey continues from the other end. They have got things moving for Delhi. Vidarbha are 418/7. 

14:15(IST)

A successful over from Rana comes to an end. That might give some hope to Delhi, to come back in the match. The key will to finish the innings as early as possible. Vidarbha are 415/7. 

14:12(IST)

WICKET! And Sarwate falls. An unexpected blunder from him. Nitish Rana was brought into the attack, and pitched the first ball of his over outside off. Sarwate got an edge, and was easily taken by keeper Pant. Vidarbha are 415/7. 

14:09(IST)

Both the batsmen are looking for some quick runs here. Shorey bowls a short ball, and Sarwate rocks back in the crease, and cuts. The ball races away for a four. Both, Sarwate and Wadkar are slowly approaching their tons. Vidarbha are 415/6 as lead swells to 120. 

14:06(IST)

Saini starts with a short ball. Wadkar just guides the ball to the third-man boundary for a four. After that his partner, Wadkar gets into the act, and plays as similar stroke towards point for a four. Expensive over from Saini, as Vidarbha reaches 409/6. 

14:02(IST)

Vidarbha reach 400-run mark in Shorey's over. Now the batting team would be eyeing to add another hundred runs to the lead, which looks pretty easy, the way Sarwate and Wadkar are batting. It is 400/6. 

13:58(IST)

Delhi have been ordinary in the field. They have missed far too many opportunities for dismissing Vidarbha. Now Saini is brought into the attack. He bowls a quick spell, but without much results. Just two runs coming from the over. It is 398/6 for Vidarbha. 

13:53(IST)

100 Lead: Shorey up with his off-spinners again. Just two coming from the entire over. That swells the lead to 100 runs. Vidarbha have taken the game away from Delhi completely. The score stands at 396/6. 

Ranji Trophy Final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Highlights: As It Happened

A video grab of Wadkar. (Hotstar)

Day 2 round-up: Wasim Jaffer brought into play his years of experience as he guided Vidarbha to 206 for four with an unbeaten half-century after seamer Rajneesh Gurbani scythed through Delhi's lower-order for a rare hat-trick in a Ranji Trophy final here on Saturday. At stumps on the second day, Jaffer was batting on 61 off 120 balls and Akshay Wakhare was yet to open his account, as Vidarbha trailed by 89 runs. The match hanging in a balance, how Delhi bowlers perform during the first hour of the third day, could well prove to be decisive in the final context of the match. Resuming on 271 for six, in-form seamer Gurbani rocked seven-time winners Delhi by removing three batsmen in as many balls in the second morning. The victims at the Holkar Stadium also included centurion Dhruv Shorey, making Gurbani only the second man to claim a hat-trick in the final of India's premier domestic competition. Tamil Nadus B Kalyanasundaram was the first, achieving the feat against Mumbai in 1972/73. On 123 overnight, Shorey laced his innings with 21 boundaries before his team was all out for 295. Delhi lost their last four wickets for only five runs. A day after a rather subdued outing, Gurbani found his mojo back as the 24-year-old ripped through the shaky defence of Vikas Mishra, Navdeep Saini and Shorey off successive deliveries before knocking over Kulwant Khejroliya, to cut short Delhi's innings. What made the feat even more commendable was that Gurbani, bowling the hat-trick ball, was up against a batsman who was nearing 150. Having found the fence on 21 occasions, including four times in the first session of day 2, Shorey was stunned when Gurbani got one to jag back from a shorter length and knock over the off-stump. Gurbani delivered three more scorchers on either side of Shorey's dismissal, all resulting in the stumps getting knocked over. Trouble awaited them as Gurbani got one to prodigiously cut back and remove an unmoved Mishra's off-stump with the fifth ball of the 101st over. Saini, who got stuck to the crease, quickly went back to the dressing room as his stump was also sent flying by another sharp in-cutter. Vidarbha began their innings in earnest and went to lunch without suffering any damage while scoring 45 runs. This season's most prolific opening duo of skipper Faiz Fazal (67) and Sanjay Ramaswamy (31) started the second session from where they had left, adding another 51 runs, before Akash Sudan sent Ramaswamy's two stumps flying for the team's first breakthrough. That brought Jaffer in the middle but, playing in only his second first-class game, Sudan dealt Vidarbha a body blow when the medium pacer had Fazal caught behind after the batsman prodded casually to a delivery that was moving away. He faced 101 balls scoring 10 boundaries. Prior to that, an unfazed Fazal continued playing his shots and brought up his fifty with a paddle-sweep boundary off left-arm spinner Mishra. Fazal, the first-time finalists' leading scorer in the season, drove with panache and employed the shots square off the wicket effectively. Two wickets in the bag, Rishabh Pant brought back his best bet, Saini, into the attack and it paid dividends. Veteran Ganesh Satish (12), coming off a crucial second- innings half-century in the semi-final against Karnataka, did not last long and was trapped in front of wicket by Saini, a reward for consistently running it hard and pitching it harder. Jaffer looked solid in the middle and hard as they tried, Delhi could dislodge the seasoned campaigner as an eventful day's play came to an end. Before that, he entertained the sparse weekend crowd with a few delightful shots - a superb drive past the mid-on, a punch through point and cover drive that had lazy elegance written all over it. Eight-time Ranji Trophy winner with Mumbai, Jaffer used his wrists to flick Mishra and then glanced him to the third man fence for another boundary. Delhi kept pressing and were rewarded when tireless left-arm seamer Kulwant Kejroliya induced an edge from Apoorv Wankhade for Pant to complete a comfortable catch at the fag end.

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