Fazal scored 119    AFP (File photo)
Fazal scored 119 AFP (File photo)

Centuries by Faiz Fazal and Apoorv Wankhade extended Vidarbha s lead against Kerala to 501 runs at the end of Day Four of the quarter-final match of Ranji Trophy 2017-18. Earlier, after putting up 246 in the first innings, Vidarbha had bowled out Kerala for 176. They took the first-innings lead and posted 431 for 6 at stumps on Day Four. At the crease now are Akshay Wadkar (20*) and Karn Sharma (4*).

Fazal, who failed in the first innings, took Vidarbha off to a strong start. Sanjay Rangaswami departed early, and Fazal partnered with Akshay Wakhare to form a 90-run partnership, before the latter got out for 30. Fazal completed his century before getting out.

Ranji Trophy 2017-18, 3rd quarter-final: Vidarbha stage strong comeback against Kerala courtesy Rajneesh Gurbani's 5-for
Ranji Trophy 2017-18, 3rd quarter-final: Vidarbha stage strong comeback against Kerala courtesy Rajneesh Gurbani's 5-for

Wasim Jaffer and Ganesh Satish then brought stability to Vidarbha s innings. Jaffer departed scoring 58, but Satish formed the biggest partnership of the innings with Wankhade. Satish scored 65 before the 135-run partnership was broken. Wankhade scored his century before getting dismissed and put Vidarbha in driver s seat.

Jalaj Saxena was Kerala s best bowler in the innings with a 3-for.

Brief scores:

Vidarbha 246 and 431 for 6 (Faiz Fazal 119, Wasim Jaffer 58, Ganesh Satish 65, Apoorv Wankhade 107; KC Akshay 2 for 96, Jalaj Saxena 3 for 106) lead Kerala 176 by 501 runs.