Akshay Karnewar’s 102 off 133 balls, Vidarbha took a game-setting lead of 95 runs over Rest of India, before claiming two ROI wickets to gain the upperhand in Irani Cup
Akshay Karnewar’s 102 off 133 balls, Vidarbha took a game-setting lead of 95 runs over Rest of India, before claiming two ROI wickets to gain the upperhand in Irani Cup

Lead by a No.8 batsman Akshay Karnewar’s 102 off 133 balls, Vidarbha took a game-setting lead of 95 runs over Rest of India, before claiming two ROI wickets to gain the upper hand in Irani Cup 2018-19, when stumps were drawn on day three at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur on Thursday.

Starting the day at 245/6 and still trailing ROI’s first innings total of 330 by 85 runs, Karnewar and wicketkeeper batsman Akshay Wadkar took Vidarbha close to ROI’s total. Wadkar was removed by leg spinner Rahul Chahar of Rajasthan 73 off 139 balls. The duo’s eighth wicket association yielded valuable 69 runs.

However, ROI’s hopes of polishing off the tail was thwarted by Karnewar, who found support in Akshay Wakhare (20), as the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 champions went past ROI’s first innings score.

Karnewar got to his maiden First-Class ton before falling shortly after to Chahar. Wakhare, Rajneesh Gurbani (28*) and No.11 Yash Thakur (10) then added 43 runs for the final two wickets to help Vidarbha to 425.

For ROI, Chahar finished with 4/112 in his 40 overs while UP’s Ankit Rajpoot, Karnataka’s Krishnappa Gowtham and Surashtra’s Dharmendrasinh Jadeja claimed two wickets each.

In reply, ROI were jolted early when Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy final Man-of-the-Match Aditya Sarwate got rid of opener, Punjab’s Anmolpreet Singh, for six. Soon after, off spinner Wakhare got rid of India opener Mayank Agarwal for 27 off 39 balls.

One down Hanuma Vihari, who had scored 114 in the first innings for ROI and skipper Ajinkya Rahane then saw off the day adding 56 runs for the third wicket, helping their team take a seven-run lead.

Brief Scores: Rest of India 102/2 (Hanuma Vihari 40*, Mayank Agarwal 27; Akshay Wakhare 1/31) & 330 lead Vidarbha 425 (Akshay Karnewar 102; Akshay Wadkar 73; Rahul Chahar 4/112) by seven runs.