Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Final Live Cricket Score, Day 4: At stumps, Saurashtra 58/5 in chase of 206

5:00 pm IST: So Vidarbha have placed themselves nicely to defend their title having reduced Saurashtra to 58/5 in 28 overs in chase of 206 runs. Aditya Sarwate has been the wrecker-in-chief with three wickets while Umesh Yadav and Akshay Wakhare have chipped in with a wicket each. Vishvaraj Jadeja (23*) and Kamlesh Makvana (2*) are the two unbeaten batsmen. Do Saurashtra have a fight left in them or have Vidarbha sealed the title? Join us again for a fascinating fifth and final day’s play tomorrow.

4:35 pm IST: Vidarbha on top as Saurashtra lose five wickets for just 56 runs. Akshay Wakhare removes Sheldon Jackson for 7, while Umesh Yadav gets rid of Arpit Vasavada.

4:00 pm IST: Big wicket this for Vidarbha – Aditya Sarwate has removed Cheteshwar Pujara for 0. Saurashtra reeling at 35/3, chasing 206 to win

3:34 pm IST: Saurashtra lose both their openers as Aditya Sarwate claims his second wicket. Young Harvik Desai departs for 8. Saurashtra 22/2 chasing 206 to win

3:24 pm IST: Saurashtra lose first-innings centurion Snell Patel early for 12 in chase of 206. Saurashtra 19/1

2:40 pm IST: And that’s it. Vidarbha’s innings comes to an end at 200. The lead is 205, meaning Saurashtra need 206 to win the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 edition. Aditya Sarwate fought valiantly scoring 49, but it was Dharmendrasinh Jadeja’s 6/96 that swung the match in Saurashtra’s favour

2:00 pm IST: Chetan Sakariya gets rid of Umesh Yadav for 15. Vidarbha have lost their ninth wicket, but Aditya Sarwate is battling on, batting on 37. Vidarbha 181/9, leading Saurashtra by 186 runs

1:15 pm IST: Vidarbha in deep trouble

12: 00 am IST: That’s lunch on Day 4 – Fantastic session for Saurashtra, that’s a Ranji Trophy winning session by them.  Vidarbha limp to 125/6, taking the lead to 131.

11: 24 am IST: And good resistance comes to an end as Kamlesh Makvana scalps first-innings half centurion Akshay Karnewar for 18. Vidarbha slump to 105/6, lead Saurashtra by just 110 runs

10: 30 am IST:  What a session this is turning out for Saurashtra, they have grabbed three big Vidarbha wickets for just two runs. Two wickets for Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and one for Jaydev Unadkat. After the fall of Jaffer, Jadeja picked up Ganesh Satish for 35 and then Unadkat sent back Akshay Wadkar for a 11-ball duck with a peach of a delivery. Vidarbha struggling at 73/5, lead Saurashtra by just 79 runs.

10:10 am IST: Big big wicket for Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. Wasim Jaffer nicks one to substitute wicketkeeper Avi Barot and he departs for 11. Big blow this for Vidarbha as they found themselves at 72/3, leading Saurashtra by 77 runs.

9:30 am IST:  And Day 4 is underway, after reducing the damage in the first innings to just five runs, Saurashtra managed to pluck out two Vidarbha wickets late on Day 3, but with Wasim Jaffer and Ganesh Sathish in the middle, the defending champions will be eying a big total and possibly bat Saurashtra out of the competition. A good day awaits

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final between Vidarbha and Saurashtra being played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur.

Day 3 Report

Saurashtra batsmen survived nasty body blows from Umesh Yadav during their gallant fight against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy final, which is now on even keel after third day.

Resuming at a precarious 158 for five, Saurashtra’s lower order batsmen showed remarkable gumption and grit to take the first innings to 307, just five short of hosts’ first innings total. (ALSO READ: Ranji Trophy final: Aditya Sarwate reveals how he orchestrated Saurashtra veteran Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal)

With the first innings lead virtually nullified, Vidarbha in their second innings lost skipper Faiz Fazal (10) and R Sanjay (16) to left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (2/36) before ending the day at 55 for two.

The hosts now lead by 60 runs with reliable Wasim Jaffer (5) and Ganesh Satish (24) at the crease.

There are six sessions left in the match and Saurashtra, who have had a happy knack of chasing down fourth innings totals, will certainly fancy their chances.

Overnight batsman Snell Patel (102) completed his first century of the season and when India pacer Umesh Yadav sent him back after smacking one on his helmet, Saurashtra were still 128 runs away from Vidarbha’s total of 312 all out. (ALSO READ: Akshay Karnewar, Aditya Sarwate keep Vidarbha ahead)

Patel had also taken one hit on his hand as Yadav seemed unplayable with his raw pace and bounce. The chubby wicket-keeper batsman was later taken for an MRI scan, which came clear.

Umesh did intimidate Saurashtra with his small yet brute intermittent spells, during which he also hit overnight batsman Prerak Mankad on his shoulder.

However, what followed after both Patel and Mankad’s dismissals was an extraordinary fightback by Saurashtra’s tail, which batted out two sessions including the extended one in the morning.

The team was gasping for breath at 184 for seven but Kamlesh Makwana (27 off 61 balls) and Jadeja (23 off 32) added 38 runs for the eighth wicket stand.

Jadeja found even fluent drives off Umesh and comfortably lofted spinners to add some quick runs while Makwana was going steady, rotating the strike.

Off-spinner Akshay Wakhare broke the partnership by getting Makwana caught in the first slip and Sarwate got rid of Jadeja in the same fashion to complete his five-wicket haul.

But there was no respite for the hosts as captain Jaydev Unadkat (46) then produced one of the best knocks of his first class career by digging in his heels with Chetan Sakariya (28).

They piled on frustration of Vidarbha by batting for 26.5 overs to add 60 runs for the last wicket as they got tantalisingly close to a first-innings lead.

Vidarbha tired all their options but could not break Unadkat and Sakariya’s dogged resistance.

Throughout his innings, Unadkat kept sweeping the spinners even as Sakaria was hit on the back of his helmet by a nasty Umesh bouncer in his gritty knock.

Vidarbha could only wait for a mistake to happen and Unadkat’s innings ended when he swept one straight to square leg fielder Sanjay.

In Vidarbha’s second essay, Sanjay survived a strong leg-before appeal, a caught and bowled chance off Makwana before finally getting stumped by Jadeja, who had also bowled rival skipper.

In the morning session, Vidarbha hit the ground at an advantageous position but Saurashtra clawed their way back.

Umesh banged it short and fast and had better control over line but it was left-arm spinner Sarwate, who provided the first breakthrough when he trapped Mankad, with a straighter one while the batsman played for turn.

Patel though kept going strong and got to the three-figure mark by sweeping Akshay Karnewar. After bowling five wicket-less overs from the North end, Umesh changed and succeeded in getting Patel caught behind.

It was clear that Patel, after taking a nasty blow above his right ear, was not comfortable and became tentative as he edged an away going delivery.