Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second game in the group stage of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 between Delhi and Vidarbha at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. Following an unfortunate draw against Rajasthan in the opening game, former champions Delhi look to get on to a winning streak as they face off against Vidarbha on Thursday. Vidarbha, who too are coming off a draw against Odisha, would look to get into the winning mode and claim their first victory of the season. Delhi skipper, Gautam Gambhir would indeed want his side to claim a victory here in order to give a perfect momentum on their way to the eigth Ranji Trophy title.

All eyes will be on Ishant Sharma as India‘s pace spearhead is expected to come out all guns blazing for Delhi against a seasoned Vidarbha side in the second group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy. Ishant, who is serving a one-Test ban for his aggressive outbursts during the third Test against Sri Lanka last month, has confirmed that he will be playing at least two Ranji Trophy matches for Delhi to get into the match-mould. Ishant will be replacing Parvinder Awana in the starting line-up which is expected to have a couple of debutants, reported PTI.

Live cricket scores Vidarbha 222/6 | Overs 90  | Batting: JM Sharma 37(64), SB Wagh 0(2):
Vidarbha batted patiently making 222 in 90 overs on the first day at a run rate of 2.47. Fazal and Badrinath were looking good but they were not able to convert their starts into big scores. Ishant Sharma took three wickets. He was also very economical giving just 1.73 runs per over on an average.

OUT! SU Shrivastava c Narwal b Sangwan 27(68), A Shanware c Ahlawat b Ishant Sharma 41(111), 

Live cricket scores Vidarbha 136/4 | Overs 61 | Batting: SU Shrivastava 19(50), A Shanware 1(21):
Fazal gets out just after scoring his fifty. He made a patient 55. SU Shrivastava is the only good batter left in Vidarbha’s batting line-up  as of now.

OUT! FY Fazal c Ahlawat b Ishant Sharma 55(147)

Live cricket scores Vidarbha 105/3 | Overs 40 | Batting: FY Fazal 50(130), SU Shrivastava 0(4): Vidarbha are batting well on 105. As of now it is difficult to guess where the match is heading towards. Fazal has held Vidarbha’s batting together after the fall of the two openers earlier in the innings.

OUT! S Badrinath lbw Pradeep Sangwan 44(119)

Live cricket scores Vidarbha 29/2 | Overs 17 | Batting: FY Fazal 10(48), S Badrinath 9(26):
Among the two early losses for Vidarbha, WasimJaffer’s wicket was critical. Jaffer was unlucky as he got run out on a duck.

OUT! Wasim Jaffer run out Nitish Rana 0(1), Ganesh Satish c Vaibhav Rawal b Ishant Sharma 5(27)

Toss: Delhi, who chose to Field

Playing XI:-

Delhi: Gautam Gambhir (C), Unmukt Chand, Milind, Nitish Rana, Sumit Narwal, Ishant Sharma, Vaibhav Rawal, Manan Sharma, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohit Ahlawat (W), Sarang

Vidarbha: F Y Fazal, S U Shrivastava, S B Wagh, A A Wakhare, S Badrinath (C), Ganesh Satish, J M Sharma (W), R D Thakur, S S Bandiwar, Wasim Jaffer, A Shanware

Squads:

Delhi: Gautam Gambhir (c), Parvinder Awana, Milind Kumar, Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey, Unmukt Chand, Manan Sharma, Yogesh Nagar, Sumit Narwal, Vaibhav Rawal, Pradeep Sangwan, Pawan Suyal, Pulkit Narang, Sarang Rawat, Ishant Sharma.

Vidarbha: Subramanium Badrinath (c), Faiz Fazal (vc), Amol Ubarhande (wk), Ravi Jangid, Aditya Shanware, Dharmender Ahlawat, Swapnil Bandiwar, Ganesh Satish, Wasim Jaffer, Aditya Sarwate, Jitesh Sharma, Shalabh Shrivastava, Yadvendra Tembhare, Ravikumar Thakur, Shrikant Wagh, Akshay Wakhare.