Highlights, Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Final, Day 3, Full Cricket Score and Result: Saurashtra all out for 307; Vidarbha lead by 60 runs

5:00 pm IST: And that’s stumps on Day 3 with Vidarbha on 55/2, leading Saurashtra by 60 runs. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja got rid of both the openers Sanjay Ramaswamy and Faiz Fazal, but Vidarbha’s two big players are in the middle. Wasim Jaffer on 5 and Ganesh Sathish on 24.

4:00 pm IST: Vidarbha lose their first wicket in the second innings in the form of skipper Faiz Fazal for 10 off 45 balls. This has been a very slow batting by the defending champions. They have scored 32 runs in 18.4 overs and there has been no demons in the pitch. A snooze fest for sure.

2:00 pm IST: And the valiant effort from the tail comes to an end. Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya added 60 runs for the final wicket, taking Saurashtra close to Vidarbha’s target, but Akshay Wakhare took his fourth wicket in the form of Unadkat for 46 to close out Saurashtra’s innings at 307. Vidarbha take a slender 5-run lead.

12:30 pm IST: Skipper Jaydev Unadkat and No.11 Cheetan Sakariya have added 37 runs for the final wicket, taking Saurashtra close to Vidarbha’s first innings total of 312. At lunch on day three, Saurashtra are 284/9, trailing Vidarbha by just 28 runs. We have got a game on our hands, folks!

11:57 am IST: Last recognized Saurashtra batsman is back in the hut. Kamlesh Makvana gone for 27, caught in the slips off Akshay Wakhare – his third wicket. Saurashtra 247/9, still trailing Vidarbha (312) by 78 runs

11:30 am IST: Vidarbha are closing in on the crucial first innings lead. Aditya Sarwate claims his fifth wicket as Saurashtra lose Dharmendrasinh Jadeja for 23. Saurashtra are 233/8, trailing Vidarbha (312) by 79 runs

10:30 am IST: 100 for Snell Patel. His second First-Class hundred at what a time. Saurashtra 181/6, in reply to Vidarbha’s 312

10:20 am IST: Breakthough for Vidarbha as Prerak Mankad is trapped in front by Aditya Sarwate. That is his fourth wicket of the match so far.

9:30 am IST: Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy final is underway with Saurashtra in a bit of bothe at 158/5 in reply to Vidarbha’s first innings total of 312. Opener Snell Patel, who is batting on 87 will be the key for Saurashtra, as Vidarbha will be hoping that their spinners recreate their Day 2 exploits on Day 3

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Day 3 of the ranji Trophy 2018-19 final between Vidarbha and Saurashtra being played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur.

Day 2 report: 

Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate scalped the prize wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara in a game-changing spell to complement a splendid rearguard action that put defending champions Vidarbha on top in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra, here Monday.

After a depressing Sunday, it was an engrossing Monday that entirely belonged to the home team. They first made a remarkable recovery to score 312 in their first innings after resuming at 200/7 and then reduced the visitors to 158/5 at stumps.

With spinners extracting significant turn and bounce exploiting the roughs, Sarwate (3/55) and offspinner Akshay Wakhare (2/42) blew away Saurashtra’s top half to seize the momentum. (RANJI TROPHY FINAL, DAY TWO: AS IT HAPPENED)

Saurashtra were still trailing by 154 runs as only Snell Patel offered resistance with his fighting knock of unbeaten 87, which came off 160 balls and had 14 boundaries.

Patel had survived an appeal for a close catch off Wakhare’s bowling when he was on 75. The TV replays showed that the ball did kiss his gloves before going to the forward short-leg fielder. Allrounder Prerak Mankad was batting on 16 with Patel when second day’s play ended.

On a day when star India players Pujara and Umesh Yadav were in action, it was Vidarbha’s Sarwate and Akshay Karnewar (73 not out), who stood out with their splendid efforts. Pujara scored just 1 while Umesh bowled 13 wicket-less overs though he did intimidate the opposition batsman with his pace and bounce.

Sarwate did a huge favour to his side by cutting short Pujara’s stay at the wicket to just 11 balls while Karnewar led their fight-back with dogged batting down the batting order. The southpaw struck his second first class half-century and added 78 runs for the eighth wicket with Wakhare (34 off 78 balls) as Vidarbha added 112 runs in the first session. (DAY ONE: Unadkat removes Jaffer, Saurashtra take top honours)

Pujara’s was a big wicket considering that he was India’s hero in their maiden Test series triumph in Australia and had also played a key role in Saurashtra’s two victories in back-to back knock-out matches. Nevertheless, Puajara had come good in second innings in both the triumphs and Saurashtra would hope that Patel and Mankad would continue to erase the deficit to keep them in the game. (READ MORE: Mumbai cannot be as dominant as they used to be: Sanjay Manjrekar)

Coming to bowl, Vidarbha brought Sarwate as early as in the third over and the move paid off immediately as he trapped Harvik Desai (10) with his third ball. It turned a bit after pitching in line and Desai, who was on back-foot, missed the line completely.

All eyes were on India pacer Umesh but in his first five-over spell he hardly troubled the batsmen, though he hit one on Patel’s right biceps. The opener, though, was not perturbed and paced his innings beautifully. He easily rotated the stroke and also found three boundaries off Karnewar in the 18th over of the innings. The third was an exquisite cover drive while the first two were on the leg-side as moved to 30s.

A few minutes before the tea, Sarwate struck again and this time trapped Vishwaraj Jadeja, who made a painstaking 18 off 72 balls. It brought Pujara to the crease. Umesh was also back for his second spell and continued with his habit of firing it full-length on the middle and leg side. He again remained wicket-less.

Sarwate though induced an edge from a circumspect Pujara and Jaffer took a low catch in the first slip at stroke of tea.

In the final session, Arpit Vasavada was dropped on zero by wicketkeeper Wadkar but the left-hander could not capitalise on the chance. Wakhare, later, had him caught with a sharp-turning delivery, which took the edge and went to Jaffer in first slip. The offspinner also sent back Sheldon Jackson (9), who was Saurashtra’s joint hero in the semi-final against Karnataka.

In the morning session, Saurashtra bowlers had to toil hard for 22 overs to get the first breakthrough, which came through left-arm paceman Chetan Sakariya.

Sakariya, who swung the ball nicely yesterday, could not move it much despite having new ball at his disposal. After seven overs from two pacers, left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja replaced Sakariya. Soon off-spinner Kamlesh Makwana was also brought into attack.

Wakhare drove well against Unadkat and Makwana and did not hesitate to sweep Jadeja. Runs came thick a fast at a healthy run-rate of about four per over as the two batsmen raised their 50-run stand off 90 balls. Karnewar raised his fifty with a boundary Mankad as he went for a drive but edged it past the widish slip fielder.

Growing in confidence, the left-hander later lofted Makwana to the long-on region for a boundary. The long wait for a wicket ended when Sakariya castled Wakhare with a beauty, which kept a little low, breached the defence and sent the middle stump cart-wheeling. Umesh (13) edged one behind off Unadkat after finding two boundaries off Sakariya through thick edges. Rajneesh Gurbani cover drove Unadkat for a splendid four and Karnewar hammered Sakariya for a six over long-on as there was no respite for Saurashtra. Makwana bowled Gurbani to end his team’s misery.