The final session started with a huge blow to Vidarbha who lost another huge wicket of in-form batsman Ganesh Satish. The right-handed batsman departed on 12 on a beautiful delivery by Navdeep Saini. Experienced batsman Wasim Jaffer got together with Apoorv Wankhade and the duo added on another 73 runs. Jaffer scored his 86th first-class cricket fifty and ensured that Vidarbha do not lose any more wicket in quick successions. He and Wankhade took Vidarbha’s score past 200 runs with the side trailing just by 92 runs. Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant brought back the wicket-taking bowlers Navdeep Saini and Akash Sudan, but they both could not break the partnership. Vidarbha reached 206/2 at stumps, trailing Delhi by 89 runs,
Ranji Trophy 2017, Delhi vs Vidarbha highlights
1630 hrs IST: STUMPS on DAY 2: Vidarbha has reached past 200 in the final session on the back of a solid partnership between Wankhade and Jaffer. Vidarbha reach 206/2 at stumps, trailing Delhi by 89 runs.
1620 hrs IST: 200 up for Vidarbha and what a good partnership this has been between Apoorv Wankhade and Wasim Jaffer. Vidarbha are now just trailing by 92 runs.
1400 hrs IST: FIFTY! This is 86th first-class half century for Wasim Jaffer. He has settled Vidarbha after three quick wickets and has taken his side closer to Delhi’s 1st innings total.
1540 hrs IST: Wasim Jaffer’s experience will come in handy for Vidarbha and Delhi are trying hard to get his wicket before stumps. Wicket-taker Akash Sudan has been brought back into the attack. Can he get the breakthrough?
1520 hrs IST: Apoorv Wankhade and Wasim Jaffer have settled Vidarbha but it’s a slow progress for the first time finalists now. They are still trailing Delhi by 146 runs.
1510 hrs IST: FOUR! Wasim Jaffer has looked particularly solid with the bat. He always brings his experience on the field whenever he shows up in the middle. Can Delhi find a way to get him before stumps?
1445 hrs IST: WICKET! Navdeep Saini strikes finally for Delhi. It’s a good comeback from Delhi. In-form batsman Ganesh Satish departs on 13. Vidarbha are starting to stumble. Vidarbha are 133/3
1440 hrs IST: Back from Tea. It’s Wasim Jaffer and Ganesh Satish in the middle for Vidarbha and Kulwant Khejroliya with the new ball. Can he get a wicket here?
1425 hrs IST: TEA on Day 2! Wasim Jaffer and Ganesh Satish ensured that Vidarbha do not lose out any more wicket at the close of the session and took the total to 129/2 at Tea.
1343 hrs IST: WICKET! Akash Sudan gets another and it’s the big wicket of skipper Faiz Fazal. He departs on 67 and it is the first time this season Fazal has missed out on scoring a century after reaching fifty.
1340 hrs IST: FOUR! Wasim Jaffer’s experience is visible with a stroke like that! What a player he is in domestic cricket. Questions can be asked regarding Rishabh Pant’s captaincy. With a new batsman on the crease, he could have tried to bring on an attacking change to unsettle him.
1330 hrs IST: WICKET! Akash Sudan gets the much-needed breakthrough and it’s R Sanjay who departs. The ball was coming in, gets a slight inside edge and rattles the stumps. Vidarbha lose their first wicket. VID 97/1
1320 hrs IST: The pitch has become the real enemy for Delhi now. It has become really flat. There is not much swing and the ball is not spinning much either. It looks like a complete batting wicket now.
1250 hrs IST: FIFTY! Vidarbha skipper with another brilliant knock and now on the big stage… in the final! He has scored yet another fifty in this Ranji Trophy season. Can he score a century here?
1220 hrs IST: The partnership between Fazal and Sanjay has now gone on to 50 runs. It was primarily the problem in Delhi’s innings. They could not on stitch longer partnerships between two batsmen. Fazal and Sanjay have now set the platform for other batsmen to continue on. Can Delhi bounce back?
1210 hrs IST: Back after Lunch. It is Navdeep Saini with the ball and R Sanjay is on strike. Delhi will look to get early wickets to put pressure on Vidarbha and get some momentum going in the day.
1130 hrs IST: LUNCH on DAY 2. It has been a solid session for Vidarbha. Faiz Fazal and R Sanjay take Delhi to 45/0 at Lunch. But Rajneesh Gurbani remains the star who took 4 wickets in 7 balls early in the day to restrict Delhi to 295.
1120 hrs IST: Spinners have come on for Delhi with the pitch showing signs of slowing down on Day 2. Is it turning out to be a good toss for Vidarbha to win, now?
1100 hrs IST: Fazal and Sanjay are scoring at a good pace for Delhi. The pressure will be on Delhi seamers to replicate what they have witnessed in the first innings from Vidarbha seamers. Can they get any wicket here?
1040 hrs IST: Good start from Vidarbha with the bat. It’s captain Faiz Fazal in the middle with Sanjay Ramaswamy who are batting with intent and have faced the initial attack from dangerous Delhi seamers well. VID 16/0
1015 hrs IST: WICKET! Delhi have been bowled out for 295 with tailender Kulwant Khejroliya the last to fall. Good length delivery on the stumps, Khejroliya with a wild swing and the ball rattles the stumps. Removes two stumps and the carnage is complete. Four wickets in seven balls for Rajneesh and he finishes with 6/59. Morning to Vidarbha!
1005 hrs IST: WICKET! HAT-TRICK FOR RAJNEESH GURBANI! CLEAN BOWLED AGAIN! What a moment this is for the young man. His 5th wicket in the match. And it’s the big wicket of Dhruv Shorey.
1000 hrs IST: WICKET! ANOTHER BOWLED! Rajneesh Gurbani is on a hat-trick and Navdeep Saini had absolutely no answer for this. What a moment! DEL 290/8. Can he take a hat-trick?
0957 hrs IST: WICKET! CLEAN BOWLED! Rajneesh Gurbani just takes the stumps with him. What an inswinger. No answer for this delivery to Vikas Mishra! DEL 290/7
0950 hrs IST: Akshay Thakare is still getting a nice swing with the ball. Clearly shows there is still something in the pitch for the seamers on Day 2. Vidarbha should look to exploit the conditions and get at least a wicket or two before Lunch to unsettle Delhi.
0940 hrs IST: Vikas Mishra has scored just 6 runs in 66 balls. He knows his job in the middle is to give support to Dhruv Shorey who has to take the innings forward. He is holding the other end sensibly while Shorey is going about his business smoothly. So far, Vidarbha bowlers are struggling to get a wicket here.
0920 hrs IST: Akshay Thakare is getting a decent swing here on Day 2. He can provide an early breakthrough to Vidarbha. Meanwhile, Vikas Sharma is batting sensibly here. He is not taking any risks here and ensure they do not lose any more wicket.
0900 hrs IST: Here we go for Day 2. Dhruv Shorey takes the bat and it’s Rajneesh Gurbani with the ball. Shorey has displayed his form on Day 1 and scored a century. He would look to bat on for the entire first session and get on to a huge total. Can he score a double hundred here?
0830 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our Live blog on the Ranji Trophy 2017 final. Get ready for an exciting first day ahead.
Delhi: Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant (C) (W), Gautam Gambhir, Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey, Vikas Mishra , Navdeep Amarjeet Saini, Manan Sharma, Akash Sudan, Kunal Chandela, Kulwant Khejroliya
Vidarbha: F Y Fazal (C), A A Wakhare, A A Sarwate, A V Wankhade, Ganesh Satish, S R Ramaswamy, Siddhesh Sunil Neral, Wasim Jaffer, A V Wadkar (W), R N Gurbani, A S Thakare