Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha Thrash Uttarakhand to enter Semis

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Yadav, Sarwate each grab a fiver to bundle minnows for 159

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav along with the talented slow left-arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarwate grabbed the figures of 5/23 and 5/55 respectively to raze Uttarakhand for a paltry 159 in the second innings to script a memorable win for Virdharba in the second innings.

The match saw the defending champions rout the Uttarakhand, who were competing in the competition for the very first time, by an innings and 115 runs in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Nagpur on Saturday. As a result of this, they will thus proceed to the semi-finals.

The north Indian side had started the innings in a promising fashion, putting in what seemed to be a competitive total of 355 on the scoreboard in the first innings. Saurabh Rawat was the star of the day with 108 to his name.

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However, riding on Wasim Jaffer’s historic 206, Vidarbha outclassed their opponent in the batting department by scoring a humongous 629 runs and thus 274 runs.
The fourth day opened with much promise as Vineet Saxena and Karn Veer Kaushal built a solid partnership. However, Umesh Yadav tricked Saxena for an lbw in the 33rd over.

Yadav’s second victim was Uttarakhand wicketkeeper, who were bowled out for a duck.
Kaushal put up a valiant 76, but he was going to be a lost cause.

With the team resuming the day at 152/5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out the fifth day out to salvage a draw. However, the team fell apart like a pack of cards, with little support from the tail-enders. Their innings folded up way too quickly after losing the last five wickets for only 7 runs.

Given the promising first innings, it was an abject capitulation by Uttarakhand with their lower middle order and the tail putting anything but a fight.
Having scalped up nine wickets in the game, Umesh Yadav was declared as the player of the match.

Vidarbha will now face a resurgent Kerala in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. The match would be played in Kerala’s home stadium, the Wayanad Stadium, between 24th to 28th January.

Elsewhere, Saurashtra booked their last 4 berths with a convincing 6-wicket win over Uttar Pradesh. They will now face Karnataka at the latter’s home stadium in Bengaluru.

Brief Scores: Uttarakhand 355 and 159 (Karnaveer Kaushal 76, Avneesh Sudha 28, Umesh Yadav 5-23, Aditya Sarvate 5-55)lost to Vidarbha 629 by an innings and 115 runs.

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Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in creative writing and intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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