Vidarbha Emerges as the 2019 Ranji Trophy Winner by Beating Saurashtra

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Vidarbha vs Saurashtra
Aditya Sarwate celebrates taking the prized wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: Sporststar The Hindu

Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs in the Ranji Trophy final 2018-19 edition today, for the second consecutive time. Chasing 208 runs in the fourth innings, Vidarbha’s Aditya Sarwate wrecked havoc by claiming 6 wickets, as the Gujarat side was bundled out for 127 on Day 5 of the match.

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Ranji Trophy Final: As it happened

 

 

Vidarbha 1st innings :

Vidarbha made 312 runs in the first innings on the back of Akshay Karnewar’s 73*, Akshay Wadkar’s 45, Mohit Kale’s 35, Akshay Wakhare’s 34 and Ganesh Satish’s 32. Saurashtra’s captain Jaidev Unadkat took 3 wickets while Chetan Sakariya and Kamlesh Makvana claimed 2 wickets each. Prerak Mankad and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja took one wicket each.

Saurashtra 1st innings:

Saurashtra’s wicket-keeper, batsman Snell Patel scored a magnificent century in the first innings. He made 102 off 209 balls which included 15 fours. Captain Unadkat contributed 46 in the lower order. Apart from them, no one else could make any significant contribution as the Gujarat side was bundled out for 307. Akshay Sarwate took 5 wickets while Akshay Wakhare took 4 wickets in the first innings. Umesh Yadav also claimed a wicket.

Vidarbha 2nd innings:

Vidarbha made 200 in the second innings giving Saurashtra a tough 208 runs to win the coveted trophy. Ganesh Satish made 35, Mohit Kale made 38 while Akshay Sarwate contributed 49. For Saurashtra, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja took 6 wickets and Kamlesh Makvana took 2 wickets while Chetan Sakariya and Jaidev Unadkat claimed a wicket each.

 

Saurashtra 2nd innings:

Saurashtra’s Vishvaraj Jadeja was the only one to register a 20 plus total in the second innings. He made 52. Apart from him, no one troubled the scorers much. The biggest disappointment was of Cheteshwar Pujara. He scored a nought. Vidharba’s Akshay Sarwate claimed 6 wickets while Akshay Wakhare took 3 wickets along with a wicket from Umesh Yadav.

Akshay Sarwate was awarded Man of the Match award for his 11 wickets in the game and also important contributions with the bat.

“It was a terrific final. I would like to congratulate the Saurashtra team to coming this far. They (team management) are always there for us. In the second innings, it was difficult to rotate the strike but the idea was to bat long and let the pitch deteriorate. The runs with the tail were crucial,” he said at the post-match presentation.

 

Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal said, “It feels unreal. Behind all this, there is a lot of hard work from each and every one. It is different, the first time is always special but we had to work really hard this season. The whole team have worked hard in the offseason. Really happy with the entire season but more happy with the way we played this final. Can’t thank them enough, each and every member of the support staff has been incredible. They give us everything and make our life comfortable. Lucky charm maybe (talking about captaincy). Hopefully, I continue for a few more years.”

Twitter pours wishes to winners Vidarbha

 

 

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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