Ranji Trophy 2018-2019 Final Highlights: Saurashtra reached 158/5 at stumps on Day 2, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs. After bowling out Vidarbha for 312, Saurashtra got off to a good start with the bat. Harvik Desai was dismissed early on, but Snell Patel and Vishwarajsinh Jadeja added 61 runs together for the 2nd wicket to settle down things. But a late burst from Aditya Sarwate has now tilted the tide in Vidarbha’s favour.
Sarwate dismissed both Jadeja and the danger man Cheteshwar Pujara right at the stroke of Tea. With Pujara gone, Saurashtra hoped Sheldon Jackson could stay on for longer. But he too departed quickly for 9. Snell Patel, who is batting at 87 will continue the resistance on Day 3.
Ranji Trophy Final, Vidarbha vs Saurashtra Highlights:
Stumps on Day 2
Saurashtra reach 158/5 at stumps with Snell Patel scoring an unbeaten 87. He is the one leading the resistance now. Saurashtra still only have 5 wickets in hand and are trailing by 154 runs. The match is too close to call at the moment.
150 up for Saurashtra
FOUR! Prerak Mankad chases after the ball, opens the face of the bat and plays it inside out to glide it towards extra covers for four. Brings up 150 for Saurashtra in style.
WICKET! A huge appeal and the umpire has finally raised his finger. A soft touch of the bat, then the pad and then the ball flies to the keeper. Sheldon Jackson departs for 9. BIG WICKET. Saurashtra five wickets down for 131.
WICKET! Edged and gone - Arpit Vasavada has handed an easy catch at slips to Wasim Jaffer. Saurashtra lose another one. SAU 115/4
100 up for Saurashtra
A single for Snell Patel and 100 is up for Saurashtra. A cheeky run to reach the mark. Saurashtra are now trailing by 212 runs.
A single or Snell Patel and this is his fifty. A crucial knock in the final from the opener. Vidarbha will look to get his wicket quickly.
Back after Tea
Arpit Vasavada comes to the middle with Snell Patel. Aditya Sarwate continues the attack. Final session of the day begins.
OUT! That's a big wicket for Vidarbha as Sarwate removes big fish Cheteshwar Pujara for just one run. And with that, it's the tea break. SAU are 81/3
GONE! Aditya Sarwate claims his second wicket as Vishvasraj Jadeja is trapped in front for 18 off 72 balls. That is a breakthrough for Vidarbha. Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease. SAU are 79/2
50 runs partnership
Vishvarajsinh Jadeja is starting to get into the action and he flicks a delivery towards mid on for a boundary. He brings up the 50 run partnership between him and Snell Patel.
50 up fort Saurshtra
FOUR! Snell Patel has been in great nick at the moment. He opens up his face of the bat to glide a delivery from Akshay Karnewar towards mid-on for a boundary. Brings up 50 for Saurashtra.
Akash Sarwate strikes in his first over and the dangerous Harvik Desai has been trapped. That was clear plumb. The umpire raises finger straightaway. Saurashtra one down for 18.
Back after Lunch
Saurashtra's innings begin. Harvik Desai and Snell Patel out to bat. Rajneesh Gurbani is into the attack. He took a hat-trick in last year's final. Can he do the same this time around?
Kamlesh Makvana has cleaned up Rajneesh Gurbani for 6. Akshay Karnewar remains unbeaten on 73. Vidarbha all out for 312 in the first innings.
And that would be Lunch on Day 2.
FOUR! Rajneesh Gurbani hits a boundary of the bat and he takes Vidarbha past 300. That is a cracking shot through the covers. Vidarbha 303/9
WICKET! Jaydev Unadkat returns to the attack and gets the wicket of Umesh Yadav for 13. The damage, though, has been done. Vidarbha are 299/9 and it will be tough for Saurashtra to stop them from crossing the 300-run mark now.
CLEANED HIM UP!
GONE! Akshay Wakhare's fighting innings comes to an end. The delivery from C Sakariya from kept really low and Wakhare completely missed it. The ball knocked down the stumps. Vidarbha 274/8
FOUR! Akshay Karnewar brings up his half century in style. A half century in the final for the allrounder. What a show. The duo have placed Saurashtra on the backfoot now.
250 up for Vidarbha
The two Akshays have taken Vidarbha past the 250-run mark. If they managed to get somewhere close to 300, it would be a huge morale boost for the defending champions when coming into the attack.
Akshay Wakhare and Akshay Karnewar are frustrating Saurashtra. The duo have added 50 runs for 8th wicket now and are slowly and steadily taking Vidarbha near to the 300-run mark.
Change in attack
The two tailenders are building a good partnership her and they have avoided an early breakthrough. Vidarbha 222/7. Saurashtra make a change. Dharmendrasinh Jadeja out to replace Unadkat. Can he get the breakthrough?
Akshay Wakhare and Akshay Karnewar come out to the middle to bat on Day 2. Jaydev Unadkat has the ball. HERE WE GO!
Vidarbha vs Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy Final Live
Hello and welcome to our live blog on the Ranji Trophy final between Vidarbha and Saurashtra. The defending champions have not got off to a fantastic start with the bat on Day 1, and now Saurashtra have a real opportunity to take advantage on Day 2 of the final. Can Saurashtra bowl out quickly on Day 2 and put on a good lead - sounds like a good plan.