Ranji Trophy final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, full cricket score, Day 3: VID lead by 233 after Wadkar ton
Akshay Wadkar blasted his maiden first-class century to give Vidarbha a lead of 233 at the end of day 3 against Delhi. Get full cricket score of Ranji Trophy final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Day 3 here.Updated: Dec 31, 2017 17:16 IST
Akshay Wadkar was the star with his maiden first-class century and century partnerships with Aditya Sarwate and Siddesh Neral have given Vidarbha a lead of 233 at stumps on day 3 against Delhi. For Rishabh Pant’s side, dropped catches and costly no-balls hurt them. Vidarbha are closing in on history as they chase their maiden Ranji Trophy title. Get full cricket score of Ranji Trophy final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Day 3 here.
17:13 hrs IST: Dropped chances, costly no-balls and the tail wagging. For Delhi, whatever could go wrong did go wrong on day 3. Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate shared a 169-run stand for the seventh wicket and it took the game away. The eighth wicket stand fared even better with Siddesh Neral scoring a fifty and extending Vidarbha’s lead past 200. Only three wickets fell in the day for 322 runs and Rishabh Pant’s side face an uphill task.
Scores: Vidarbha 528/7 (Wadkar 133*, Neral 56*) lead Delhi (295) by 233 runs
15:35 hrs IST: Some aggressive batting from Vidarbha. Both Wadkar and Neral are going for big hits. The lead is nearing 180 but it’d doesn’t look like that they’ll declare anytime soon. On the other hand, Delhi will have score around 400 in a day in order to make a match out of it. Going by the fact that they failed to click as a batting unit in the first innings, it’s going to very tough.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 476/7 (Wadkar 115*, Sarwate 79*) lead Delhi (295) by 181 runs
14:50 hrs IST: That’s the end of the second session. Vidarbha continue to dominate. They are 149 runs ahead. Wicket-keeper batsman Wadkar, playing only his fifth first-class game, has hit his first century. The right-handed batsman reached the landmark with he smacked a flighted delivery from Vikas Mishra towards long on boundary. Overall, he has scored 13 boundaries and a maximum. Wadkar is currently at the crease with Siddhesh Neral.
Earlier, resuming at 336/6 -- both Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate continued to pile pressure on the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi. The duo put on a 169-run stand before Nitish Rana removed Sarwate for 79. There seems no fight from Delhi. In the first session, there were two catches dropped (one each from Kunal Chandela and Gautam Gambhir), while both Wadkar and Sarwate were handed extra lives in the post-lunch session. If Vidarbha can score another 60-70 odd runs, then most likely they would not have to bat again.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 444/7 at tea on Day 2 (Wadkar 100, Sarwate 79) lead Delhi (295) by 149 runs
13:55 hrs IST: A well-paced 150-run stand between Wadkar and Sarwate has taken Vidarbha’s lead past 100. There has been a lot of talk as to who has been the man behind Vidarbha’s dominant run this season. Well, they’ve a captain who has been playing domestic cricket from the past 14 years. They have brilliant young players. Not to forget, they’ve Wasim Jaffer. But all in all, it has been their coach Chandrakant Pandit who has helped the team to believe in themselves. Players are Wadkar and Sarwate have stepped up at the right time. These are the kind of opportunities one needs to make the most of.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 396/6 (Wadkar 72*, Sarwate 68*) lead Delhi (295) by 101 runs
13:21 hrs IST: At first, it was about going past Delhi’s total of 295. Now, it’s about ‘batting’ them out of the match. Classic display of hitting and defence from Wadkar and Sarwate. Their main job should be to help Vidarbha take a minimum of 150 plus lead. It’s a final. More than winning sessions, winning crucial moments is the key. Both batsmen are on 63. Can they reach the three-figure mark?
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 378/6 (Wadkar 63*, Sarwate 63*) lead Delhi (295) by 83 runs.
12:51 hrs IST: Wadkar and Sarwate continue their splendid show. Vidarbha have gone past 350 and are on course for a 100 plus lead. This can well be the match-defining partnership. Both have played with great maturity. All in all, it has been the case of punishing loose balls and respecting the good ones. Navdeep Saini hasn’t come on to bowl in this session so far. For the first time in three days, there’s some turn for spinners. Can Vikas Mishra strike for his team?
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 358/6 (Jaffer 78, Sarwate 59*) lead Delhi (295) by 63 runs
11:35 hrs IST: That’s the end of the first session. Just what the doctor ordered as far as Vidarbha are concerned. They are 41 runs ahead. Wasim Jaffer was handed an extra life in the very first over of the day when Kunal Chandela dropped Vidarbha’s No. 3 at second slip off Navdeep Saini’s bowling.
The Delhi fast bowler continued to bowl well and finally got a wicket (Akshay Wakhare) in the 74th over. The right-handed batsman looked to cut a length ball, outside off, but instead edged it straight to the wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant. Wakhare scored 17.
Jaffer, who looked set to get a big one, fell (LBW) to Saini for 78 – leaving Vidarbha struggling at 246/6. But Aditya Sarwate and wicket-keeper batsman Akshay Wadkar kept piling on the runs and helped Vidarbha go past Delhi’s first innings total of 295. Delhi’s misery continued when former captain Gautam Gambhir dropped Sarwate at first slip in the 95th over. In the meantime, Sarwate reached his half-century (off just 62 balls). It’s an innings that has put the first-time finalists on course for a healthy lead.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 336/6 at lunch on Day 2 (Jaffer 78, Sarwate 50*, Saini 3/101) lead Delhi (295) by 41 runs
10:51 hrs IST: Vidarbha have now taken the lead. From this point on, every run that they make on this pitch, which looks result-oriented, will hurt Delhi big time.
10:42 hrs IST: Solid partnership building between Sarwate and Wadkar. Both have shown intent. Vidarbha inching closer to the lead. It’s a big final. Even a 30-run lead will be enough here. It looks a result-oriented wicket but if the match ends in a draw, those 30 runs will come to haunt Delhi. Jaffer’s innings held the key. As they say, experience counts! And that’s what Vidarbha needed at this stage. Unfortunately for Delhi, Saini has walked off the field. Not good signs for Delhi. They badly need him at this stage.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 289/6 (Jaffer 78, Saini 3/101) trail by 6 vs Delhi 295
10:05 hrs IST: Navdeep Saini, you beauty! Gets the big wicket of Wasim Jaffer for 78. Big blow for Vidarbha. Very slim chances that they’ll get a first innings lead. Tail-enders will have to bat out of their skin to get past 295. Throughout this game, the morning session has been very crucial. Vidarbha were living dangerously (a bit). The second new ball is due in an over. Will be a challenge to survive against the likes of Saini, Akash Sudan and Kulwant Khejroliya. This is turning out to be a great final. Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wadkar at the crease.
Latest scores: Vidarbha 252/6 (Jaffer 78, Saini 3/81) trail by 43 vs Delhi 295
09:33 AM IST: Not the kind of start Delhi would’ve hoped for. Kunal Chandela dropped the in-form Wasim Jaffer at second slip in the very first over of the day. Bowler Navdeep Saini was furious (and he should be). How costly will that prove to be? He has been handed an extra life and will look to make the most of it.
Two boundaries for Jaffer and one for Akshay Wakhare so far in the session. Get a feeling Vidarbha will easily go past Delhi’s total of 295. Still a lot in the pitch for fast bowlers. It’s all about bowling in the right areas.
Latest Scores: Vidarbha 225/4 (Jaffer 74*, Sudan 2/53) vs Delhi 295 (Shorey 145, Gurbani 6/59)
On Day 2, Delhi, resuming on 271 for six, were rocked by in-form seamer Gurbani. He took took four wickets in seven balls as Rishabh Pant’s team was bowled out for 295. The fast bowler finished with figures of 6/59, his fifth five-wicket haul on the trot. He also became only the second bowler after B Kalyanasundaram (for Tamil Nadu against Bombay in 1972/73 in Chennai) to take a hat-trick in a Ranji Trophy final.
In reply to Delhi’s modest total, Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy put on a 96-run opening partnership before both fell in quick succession.
Jaffer then held one end together and brought up his third half-century of the season.