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Domestic veteran and former India opener Wasim Jaffer and Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal’s brilliant 300-run partnership for the second wicket helped the defending champions to declare their first innings at a massive 529/6 against Baroda in their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 3 Elite A match at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Wednesday. Baroda were 41 for no loss when stumps were drawn.

Resuming their overnight score at 268/1, Jaffer, who was on 131, went on to score 153 before running himself out to make the long walk back to the pavilion. He also achieved the record of becoming the first player in the storied history of the tournament to score 11,000 runs. During the partnership, Jaffer also equalled the great Vijay Hazare as the only other player in Ranji Trophy history to be part of four 300 plus stands.

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Fazal (151) followed his senior pro four overs later after he was caught by his opposite number Kedar Devdhar off Lukman Meriwala.

Ganesh Satish and Akshay Wadkar then combined to stich 125 runs for the fourth wicket as the duo capitalised on the firm footing provided to them by their seniors. Satish helped himself to his 13 first-class half century and scored 56 before he was caught by Devdhar off Soaeb Tai.

Bhargav Bhatt then had Apoorv Wankhade caught by Atit Sheth for 29. Ravi Jangid (11) wasted no time to follow Wankhade back after he was caught by Vishnu Solanki to hand the left-arm spinner Bhatt his second wicket.

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Meanwhile, Wadkar, who notched a century in the opening match against Maharashtra, went on to score his third first-class century and was unbeaten on 102 when Fazal called his boys back.

In reply, Baroda were 41 without the loss of any wicket with openers Devdhar and Aditya Waghmode on identical scores of 20.

Brief scores: Baroda 41/0 trail Vidarbha 529/6 dec (Wasim Jaffer 153, Faiz Fazal 151) by 488 runs