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Ranji Trophy final: Pujara out cheaply as Vidarbha inch closer to title


NAGPUR: Saurashtra stared down the barrel after Cheteshwar Pujara's second successive failure that put defending champions Vidarbha on the point of an encore after a stirring fourth day of the Ranji Trophy final, on Wednesday.

Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate once again grew to become out to be megastar batsman's nemesis as he was trapped leg before for nought with Saurashtra tottering at 58 for 5 of their pursuit of 206.

Sarwate (3/13 in 10 overs) bamboozled the Saurashtra batsmen after being passed the new ball on a observe that presented turn and variable bounce.

Saurashtra were highest chasers all the way through the knockout degree but their dependable batsmen got here a cropper within the most-important clash.

Going into the overall day, Saurashtra who've ended runners-up two times in the past, wish to rating 148 extra runs on a tough observe with Vishvaraj Jadeja (23) and Kamlesh Makvana (2) set to resume the chase.

It might be extra about the struggle of nerves, taking into consideration that lower-order batsmen from both the sides have shown that scoring runs is not not possible, if the appliance is correct.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (6/96) had wiped clean up the Vidarbha top-order early within the day handy Saurashtra a bonus but to their credit, the hosts did extremely well to reach 200 after being diminished to 147 for 8.

Mohit Kale contributed 38 off 94 balls and Sarwate, batting at number 8, produced a combative 49 after hosts resumed the day at 55 for 2.

Sarwate confronted 133 balls in his preventing knock and hit 5 limitations, negating the great work carried out by Saurashtra bowlers.

Sarwate, who was the last guy out in Vidarbha innings, then returned to rattle the Saurashtra top-order along with his left-arm spin.

In a mesmerising spell, Sarwate dismissed first innings centurion Snell Patel (12), Harvik Desai (eight) and Pujara (zero) in his first 5 overs, and conceded just 13 runs in his 10 that he bowled at the day.

Pujara performed for the turn only to be adjudged leg before as Sarwate bowled an arm ball.

India pacer Umesh Yadav, who was expensive in his first two overs, returned for a second spell to sent back young Arpit Vasavada (5), who fished one out of doors off to be caught behind.

Sheldon Jackson (7) was in charge of playing a reckless shot as he stepped out to hammer Akshay Wakhare, totally missed the ball and was bowled.

At the beginning of the day, Jadeja got here out with a clear plan of bowling wicket-to-wicket at the sluggish VCA stadium observe to sign in probably the most significant figures of his first-class occupation, serving to Saurashtra package deal out the hosts for an even 200.

Jadeja scalped 4 batsmen, together with key guy Wasim Jaffer (11) and Ganesh Satish (35), within the first consultation.

This was after Saurashtra started with a two-pronged tempo assault with captain Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya attacking in tandem.

But it was Jadeja, who produced a sensational spell in which he dismissed both the overnight batsmen.

First it was Jaffer, who struggled when a supply stored low. The resultant faint edge was pouched by exchange wicket-keeper Avi Barot.

Barot has been doing the duty behind the stumps since Vidarbha innings in place of Snell Patel, who was hit on helmet by Umesh.

Jadeja then trapped Satish with a full-length ball. The TV replays showed an within edge carried to the silly-point fielder. Later the officials modified the verdict as he was declared caught by Vishvaraj.

Vidarbha didn't recuperate from the twin blows even as Saurashtra skipper Unadkat uprooted stumps of Akshay Wadkar, who went without bothering the scorers.

In first 11 overs of the morning, Vidarbha had misplaced three wickets and added just 18 runs.


Unadkat after bowling 8 trying out overs, took himself off the assault but endured with a pacer from one end, handing the ball to left-arm seamer Chetan Sakariya.


Soon off-spinner Kamlesh Makwana was introduced into the assault, replacing Sakariya and he delivered in his third over of the spell, sending back dangerous Akshay Karnewar (18).


It was a flighted ball out of doors off, Karnewar went for an expansive force and ended up edging to first slip the place Desai took a comfy catch.


The hosts misplaced final 4 wickets within the post-lunch consultation with Jadeja taking two extra to finish his six-wicket haul.


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