Vidarbha scripts history by crushing Delhi to lift maiden Ranji Trophy title

  • Vidarbha scripts history by crushing Delhi to lift maiden Ranji Trophy title
02-01-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

For the first time in their cricketing history, Vidarbha on Monday lifted the Ranji Trophy title with a dominating nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

On the fourth day of the final match, after the Vidarbha opener Faiz Fazal was dismissed for a paltry two runs off Kulwant Khejroliya's delivery while chasing a meager total of 29 runs, Sanjay Ramaswamy (unbeaten at nine) and Wasim Jaffer (unbeaten at 17) led the team to its maiden title with considerable ease.

Earlier in the match, Akshay Wakhare bagged four wickets while Aditya Sarwate and Rajneesh Gurbani took three and two wickets, respectively to help Vidarbha bundle out Delhi for 280 runs in their second innings after Vidarbha  had posted a huge first-innings score of 547 in reply to Delhi's 295, thanks to Akshay Wadkar (133) for his maiden century in first-class cricket. Wasim Jaffer (78), Aditya Sarwate (79), Siddhesh Neral (74) and Faiz Fazal (67) were other notable contributors for Vidarbha.

For Delhi, Navdeep Saini was the pick of the bowlers as he grabbed five wickets while Akash Sudan and Kulwant Khejroliya also took two wickets each. Nitish Rana also chipped in with a wicket. Rajneesh Gurbani of Vidarbha, however, was adjudged man-of-the-match as he finished with excellent figures of 6-59 and 2-92 in the two innings respectively as he also became only the second cricketer ever to scalp a hat-trick in the final of Ranji Trophy.

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