Ranji Trophy 2017 final, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Day 3: Akshay Wadkar’s century takes Vidarbha to 528/7 at stumps, lead by 233 runs

Ranji Trophy 2017 final, Delhi vs Vidarbha: Akshay Wadkar scored his maiden first-class cricket century, while Siddesh Neral and Aditya Sarwate scored half centuries.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: December 31, 2017 5:06:38 pm
Delhi are playing Ranji final against Vidarbha. Ranji Trophy 2017, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Day 3: Akshay Wadkar completed his century. (PTI)

The final session started with Siddesh Neral taking off from exactly where Aditya Sarwate had left off. The right-handed batsmen started scoring at pace. Both him and Wadkar ensured that Vidarbha do not lose out on the momentum and continued to add runs. Neral survived two scary moments when he got out twice on Kulwant Khejroliya’s ball, but both of them were later adjudged to be No balls. But, the umpire called back the batsman and declared it as a no-ball for being too high. The duo continued to bat and extended Vidarbha’s lead past 200 runs. It turned out to be yet another fruitful partnership for the Faiz Fazal-led side as the duo stitched another 100+ run partnership. Neral went on to score his maiden first-class cricket fifty. Delhi felt the pangs as their fielding left them to suffer on Day 3. Vidarbha reached 528/7 at stumps, with a lead of 233 runs over Delhi.

Delhi vs Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy 2017 final, Day 3

1700 hrs IST: END OF DAY 3! Vidarbha reached 528/7 at stumps with a lead of 233 runs over Delhi. It has been completely’s Vidarbh’s day.

1640 hrs IST: Khejroliya gets Neral’s wicket again but the batsman is saved once more by the No-Ball. He was overstepping this time. What a day it has been for Delhi so far!

1620 hrs IST: FIFTY for SIDDHESH NERAL! He does it in style with a smacking boundary and look at that celebration from the young lad! Joy of scoring a fifty in Ranji final! He has scored four fours and four sixes and has punished Delhi bowlers who look really tired now.

1600 hrs IST: Wadkar and Neral take Vidarbha’s lead past 200 runs. This partnership has again bent another session in Vidarbha’s favour.

1550 hrs IST: HUGE DRAMA IN THE MIDDLE! Kulwant Khejroliya gets the wicket of Siddhesh Neral but the umpire calls the batsman back on the field and declares it a no ball for height.

1530 hrs IST: Neral has taken off from exactly where Sarwate had left. He has scored a brisk 29* and has looked particularly effective against Delhi seamers.

1500 hrs IST: Back from TEA. It’s Wadkar and Neral in the middle for Vidarbha. Can Delhi bowl out the opposition before stumps?

1445 hrs IST: TEA! Vidarbha end second session at 444/7 with a lead of 149 runs against Delhi 

1435 hrs IST: HUNDRED! What a way to bring up your maiden ton. Wadkar dances down the track and completes his century with a four

1425 hrs IST: SIX! Wadkar goes straight back past the bowler to score a maximum. He moves to 96 now and Vidarbha extend leady by 139 runs

1420 hrs IST: Wadkar has moved into the 90s. No Vidarbha batsman has scored a hundred in this match so far.

1407 hrs IST: WICKET! Delhi have a breakthrough and it’s Nitish Rana has a wicket. He removes Sarwate who tries to play the ball towards third-man region but only manages to edge it. Pant takes a clean catch behind the stumps  

1405 hrs IST: This partnership between Wadkar and Sarwate has really troubled Delhi’s bowling line up. The bowling unit is on the backfoot for now as Vidarbha is inching towards a big first innings lead.

1400 hrs IST: Vidarbha’s total reaches 400 runs. Both Wadkar and Sarwate are into 70s now. Can Delhi find a way to break the partnership before Tea?

1345 hrs IST: Vidarbha extend lead over 100 runs now and the partnership has also reached over 100 runs now. Delhi bowlers are getting really tired now. Can they get back in the game?

1335 hrs IST: This is Vidarbha’s highest 7th wicket partnership. Wadkar and Sarwate have both added 140 runs together. The side looked in trouble after Jaffer’s dismissal but these two have now made it about themselves.

1320 hrs IST: Akash Sudan is brought back into the attack. He got two wickets from this end on Day 2. Can he break the partnership here?

1255 hrs IST: FIFTY! Akshay Wadkar has completed his fifty now. Vidarbha are in total control now. Vikas Mishra has proven to be completely ineffective for Delhi. They need to get a wicket here.

1250 hrs IST: Rishabh Pant is trying his best to get a wicket here and hence he has brought Navdeep Saini back to bowling. Can he inspire a breakthrough here?

1230 hrs IST: Akshay Wadkar has moved to 45 and he is also looking to score his fifty here. Delhi need a wicket here. This partnership has now reached over 100 runs. Delhi need a wicket here, sooner rather than later.

1210 hrs IST: Back from LUNCH! Sarwate on the strike and Mishra with the ball. Can he get a wicket here?

1130 hrs IST: LUNCH on Day 3. This session belongs to Vidarbha. Delhi managed to get two quick wickets but a brilliant partnership between Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate gave them the lead in the first innings.

1120 hrs IST: Aditya Sarwate scores fifty on 62 balls. This has been a truly special innings from him. He has been absolutely brilliant coming down after the fall of Wasim Jaffer, which put Vidarbha on the back foot.

1100 hrs IST: Delhi needs to find a way to break this partnership between Wadkar and Sarwate. They are scoring at a fast pace which has really hurt Delhi in the first session.

1050 hrs IST: FOUR! Vidarbha have taken the lead here. They are leading by 5 runs over Delhi. Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate have stitched a solid partnership of 58 runs here. Vidarbha 304/6, lead by 9 runs.

1040 hrs IST: Vidarbha are so close to taking the lead now, they can almost smell it. Something for Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant to think about now. He needs to make some changes to stop the run flow.

1020 hrs IST: This has been a good partnership between Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate. The duo have looked comfortable and have added a quick 28 runs. Vidarbha are trailing now by 21 runs.

0955 hrs IST: WICKET! Wasim Jaffer departs on 78 and it’s a BIG WICKET for Navdeep Saini. The ball struck him on pads. A huge appeal from Saini and the umpire raises his fingers. But was it going away from off-stumps? VID 246/6, trail by 49 runs

0935 hrs IST: WICKET! Navdeep Saini strikes for Delhi! Finally a moment of joy for skipper Rishabh Pant who made no mistakes behind the wickets. Akshay Wakhare gets a thick inside edge and gives a simple catch behind stumps. He departs on 17. VID 237/5, trailing by 57 runs.

0930 hrs IST: If Delhi want to bounce back in the game, they need someone from Navdeep Saini and Akash Sudan to bowl a spell like Rajneesh Gurbani did on Day 2. At the moment, it seems too easy for Vidarbha and they are taking it slowly and methodically to get past Delhi’s 1st innings total.

0910 hrs IST: Wasim Jaffer was dropped on 61 by Kunal Chandela at slips at the start of the day. It is these kinds of mistakes that can go on to hurt Delhi later in the day.

0900 hrs IST: Here we go on Day 3! Wasim Jaffer starts the day for Vidarbha and it is Navdeep Saini Sudan with the ball. Can Vidarbha take lead over Delhi in the first innings?

0830 hrs IST: Good morning and welcome to our live blog on Ranji Trophy final between Delhi and Vidarbha on Day 3.

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