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Vidarbha clinch 2nd successive Ranji Trophy title

NAGPUR: Vidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy identify with a relaxed 78-run win over Saurashtra in the ultimate, proving that their maiden triumph last year was once no "fluke".

Vidarbha wanted five wickets to protect their identify whilst Saurashtra, in a chase of 206, have been left a mountain to climb after a top-order cave in on Wednesday. They required 148 runs for his or her maiden identify on the 5th and ultimate day at the VCA stadium.

"Everyone thought it was a fluke when we won last year and we were under pressure to retain the title. But our focus was process, we never bothered about reputation," Vidarbha's talismanic coach Chandrakant Pandit mentioned.

The fiercely fought ultimate swung early on but Vidarbha went into the final day with a decent cling on the lawsuits and bundled out the visitors for 127 with more than two periods to spare.

Overnight batsmen Vishvaraj Jadeja (52) and Kamlesh Makvana (14) batted resolutely for the primary hour but once the partnership was once broken, the tip was once inevitable for Saurashtra.

Man of the match left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate claimed 3 of the five wickets that fell on Thursday, to end with career-best match figures of 11/57. He took six for 59 in the second innings.

It was once his maiden haul of 10 or extra wickets in a firstclass match. He had scalped five batsmen in the first innings.

Sarwate, no doubt, was once the celebrity of the match for Vidarbha as he now not handiest took 11 of the 20 Saurashtra wickets with his left-arm spin, his 49-run knock in the second innings performed a key role in his aspect environment the stiff 206-run goal.

Vidarbha is handiest the 6th group in the event's lengthy historical past to have defended the identify.

Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi are the other teams who have managed to win consecutive titles.

Saurashtra had ended runners-up to Mumbai in 2012-13 and 2015-16 and once more it was once a case of so shut yet to this point for them.

The batting failure of celebrity batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hurt Saurashtra badly. But Vidarbha managed to stick unaffected by Wasim Jaffer's poor contribution.

"People did not know where Vidarbha was but it will not be the case now. It is huge for Vidarbha. The team is doing a great job," mentioned India pacer Umesh Uadav.

"I never thought I will win two titles with Vidarbha after playing 10 finals (eight with Mumbai)," gushed veteran Jaffer.

Earlier, for Saurashtra Makvana and Vishvaraj weren't afraid to move for his or her pictures as they swept Sarwate with confidence to ship a few to the boundary ropes.

With Umesh Yadav and Sarwate now not getting the required effects, Vidarbha brought Akshay Wakhare into the assault.

Both Jadeja and Makvana though saved rotating the strike.

Sarwate quickly started extracting sharp turn from the wicket and tested Makvana's protection. After an in depth appeal for leg-before, Makvana swept the bowler for a 4 in the deep mid-wicket area.

However, two balls later, Sarwate bowled Makvana who left the ball, thinking it will turn away, but it remained instantly and hit the highest of the off-stump.

They batted for one hour in combination and added 33 runs for the 6th wicket.

Only 3 runs have been added to the full when Wakhare trapped new man in Prerak Mankad (2) to push Saurashtra to 91 for seven.

Vishvaraj completed his half-century but Sarwate trapped each him and rival captain Jaydev Unadkat.

Wakhare brought the curtains down on the match when Dharmendrasinh Jadeja lofted one instantly to Sarwate.

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