Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Final, Vidarbha vs Saurashtra, Day 3 Highlights: Vidarbha build 60-run lead with 8 wickets in hand
Vidarbha vs Saurashtra: Catch all the highlights from Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy Final
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Highlights: It was an absorbing day of cricket between the defending champions Vidarbha and the two-time finalists Saurashtra. The tail wagged brilliantly for Saurashtra with each of the last five batsmen going past the 20-run mark. Captain Jaydev Unadkat scored a 101-ball 46 to help his side to within five runs of the Vidarbha first innings total.
Dharmendrasinh Jadeja then accounted for the wickets of Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Raghunath to keep the match evenly poised. The veteran batsman and nine-time Ranji Tophy winner Wasim Jaffer, who is batting on 5, will be the key man on the fourth day for Vidarbha as they look for back-to-back titles.
Here’s how Day 3 of the final unfolded:
Ganesh Satish (24*) and Wasim Jaffer (5*) end Day 3 for Vidarbha at 55/2, lead Saurashtra by 60 runs.
Vidarbha reach 50
There was a scare for the Vidarbha veteran as an Unadkat delivery brushed the flap of his backfoot pad before nestling into the wicket-keeper’s gloves. Unadkat and Barot appeal vociferously but Jaffer survives. That was a close one!
Both Vidarbha openers back in the pavilion
Sanjay scampers to get back in the crease but Barot is too quick for the opener
Vidarbha are being watchful
There is assistance on the surface for the bowlers and the Vidarbha openers are in no hurry to get going. The score has stagnated. 14 runs in 14 overs so far and Saurashtra too would believe they get can into the scheme of things with a couple of wickets
He sweeps and finds the man at short square leg. Unadkat is on his haunches, Faiz Fazal exults. Chandrakant Pandit lets out a huge puff of air, Shitanshu Kotak stands up and walks away. Images screaming out a story. Vidarbha have managed to earn a 5-run lead in the first innings. Surely, this match is not ending in a draw?
What a stunning fightback
Captain Jaydev Undadkat and Sakariya have added 47 runs for the final wicket and have dragged Saurashtra 18 runs adrift of Vidarbha. This final is living up to his billing
Lunch has been taken
Unadkat, Sakariya battle on
Saurashtra nine down
Ninth wicket goes down for Saurashtra as Kamlesh Makvana departs for 27. Saurashtra are still trailing by 64 runs and it is not looking good for Cheteshwar Pujara & Co. Saurashtra 248/9
5-wicket haul for Sarwate
Jadeja looks to cut a flat delivery which is outside off, nicks it to Jaffer who takes a sharp catch. And the batsman gets a send-off from the keeper and the bowler
Umesh gets Patel
The bouncer trick has worked. After being hit on the helmet, Patel was expecting another one, but Umesh bowls a length ball outside off. The centurion goes after it with static feet and edges it. Huge moment in the match, Vidarbha on the charge
100 for Snell Patel
He has swept an angled ball for four and reaches his 2nd century for the season. Has been a dogged innings which has kept Vidarbha at bay. He needs to carry on and nibble away at the deficit.
The breakthrough arrives. Slower arm ball angled in, Mankad plays for the turn, there is no turn and he has been trapped in front. Vidarbha strike
Mankad receives treatment for his right thumb. He has been battered today, but is holding fort. Saurashtra are showing fight against some high-quality bowling
Day 3 is underway
Snell Patel holds the key for Saurashtra, the pitch will turn today and will keep low for the seam bowlers. He is supported by Mankad. Sarwate, who was the pick of the bowlers, on day 2 starts the proceedings