Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    0.4 Thakare strikes in his first over on first-class debut, in the final! Who writes your scrips, Thakare? He jumps for joy and pumps his fist. This was the perfectly-pitched outswinger. Angling in at off stump, forcing Chandela to play at it, then swings away to draw the outside edge. Captain Fazal pouches it at first slip. Four successive fifty-plus scores and a duck for Chandela 1/1
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    38
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    12.5 and the change works! It's the big wicket. Good length on off stump and zips straight through off the surface. Hurries Gambhir, who is stuck on the back foot. Takes the top of his pad and then crashes into leg stump. What a big breakthrough 30/2
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    102.1 and he gets it. Gurbani, you beauty! Yet another five-wicket haul for the young sensation. What a season he's having! Now he gets a hat-trick to cap it all off. Another scorching delivery that cuts in from a shortish length. Has the batsman glued to the crease and just hanging back and hoping he can put bat to ball. Cuts in from outside off to hit the back pad and take out the off-stump 295/9
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    26.3 Debutant Thakare has his man now! Rana is caught playing around his front pad and is pinned in front. This inswinger beats the inside edge as Rana does not make contact with flick and falls over. Trapped in front of middle and leg, and umpire Menon raises his finger 65/3
    38.1 Gurbani strikes for the first time! And it's Pant. Short and wide outside off, tries to carve this behind point but plays down the wrong line, takes the outside edge and gobbled up by Wadkar, the keeper. Poor temperament shown by the Delhi captain. Delhi in trouble 99/4
    63 cuts him in half, and he's given! Good length outside off and jags back in sharply. Cramps him for room as the ball flies through the gap between bat and pad. Takes the inside edge as it goes through, and sharp catch from Wadkar. They all appeal, and umpire Menon raises his right finger. A great partnership comes to a close 204/5
    76.2 Neral returns and has Manan nicking off. Captain Fazal throws himself to his left from first slip and snaffles it. Belting catch. Back of a length and nipping away, finishes wide outside off, Manan simply throws his hands at the ball. Slashes away from the body and sends an edge flying behind 242/6
    100.5 bowled him. This one has cut back in a mile from outside off. Mishra has paid the price for not moving his feet. Just stuck in the crease and brings the bat down without having any clue whatsoever of where that delivery is heading. Beats the inside-edge and pegs back the off-stump 290/7
    101 this one's even better. Again a shortish delivery fired outside the off-stump. Has the batsman stapled to the crease because of the length and then just cuts in off the seam. Drifts even further late and comfortably beats the inside edge to flatten the stumps. Two in two for Gurbani 290/8
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    102.5 and Delhi have folded. This one was a gift to be honest. Khejroliya comes charging down the track. It's a blind charge. Ends up nearly yorking himself. And besides the ball pitched around the leg stump line which means he was tucked up for room. Khejroliya misses and Gurbani hits. Leg and off-stumps uprooted 295/10
    Extras
    7 (lb 3, nb 2, w 2)
    TOTAL
    295 all out (102.5 Overs, RR: 2.86, 465 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (K Chandela, 0.4 ov), 2-30 (G Gambhir, 12.5 ov), 3-65 (N Rana, 26.3 ov), 4-99 (RR Pant, 38.1 ov), 5-204 (Himmat Singh, 62.6 ov), 6-242 (Manan Sharma, 76.2 ov), 7-290 (Vikas Mishra, 100.5 ov), 8-290 (NA Saini, 100.6 ov), 9-295 (DR Shorey, 102.1 ov), 10-295 (K Khejroliya, 102.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    AS Thakare26.147422.8201
    RN Gurbani24.485962.3910
    SS Neral1935713.0001
    AA Wakhare1653412.1200
    AA Sarwate1426004.2800
    FY Fazal10505.0000
    RR Sanjay20301.5000
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    33.4 oh, dear. Fazal was playing so well and he has thrown it away with a poor shot. Falls for the lure of a fuller wide delivery. Nips away slightly and Fazal leaves a daylight between bat and pad. Gets a thick outside edge that is snaffled by Pant behind the stumps 107/2
    30 a ripping inswinger sends back Sanjay Ramaswamy and at long last, the breakthrough has arrived for Delhi. Cuts in slightly off the seam and Sanjay pushed away from the body. It was well outside his line and could have easily been left alone. Gets an inside for his troubles as the ball crashes into the stumps. Good, solid hand nonetheless 96/1
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    77.5 that's a big, big moment in the match and it's Saini who has been rewarded. Jaffer is surprised by how much this delivery comes back in, he just fell over a touch in trying to work this incoming length delivery, was hit below the knee roll and this would've missed leg stump. A touch lucky but Saini deserves that. 246/6
    43.4 Sani lets out a roar after pinning Satish in front with a nip-backer. Umpire Anil raises his finger. Satish isn't pleased with the decision. Saini's front foot is okay. Good length and seams back in to beat the inside edge and ping the front pad above the knee-roll. Height could have been a problem. It might have bounced over but Satish has to depart 133/3
    65 oh, dear! Wankhade has been dismissed in the final moments of the second day's play. And it's to a very good delivery. On a length and drawing him forward. Jags away significantly with the shine on the other side and finds a thick outside edge that is snaffled by the keeper 206/4
    74 there's the nick. It was just a matter of time. Zippy length ball outside off, Wakhare has a poke at that and it flies off the edge to Pant who takes a dolly. He's done his job of nightwatchman quite effectively though, has weathered the first 35 minutes of play with the senior pro 237/5
    162.1 skied it for point who gets under it, fumbles, makes it bobble twice, and finally, with support from his face - and this time from the bowler's heel being behind the line - holds on to dismiss Wadkar. He was looking to swipe across the line to a length ball going across him 547/9
    125.1 and the change works! Pant holds onto it. Quicker ball first up, on the fourth-stump line, no real spin off the surface but the batsman chooses to fish outside off. Takes the outside edge, and there's the seventh wicket. Partnership of 169 comes to an end. 415/7
    158.1 Oh, dear. He's overstepped again. Khejroliya overstepped off the previous delivery too, but wasn't given. Now he survives for a second time by being reprieved by a no-ball. This was slower and fuller on middle, he backed away to go over cover but doesn't pick the change in pace and goes through with the stroke early, only to see the stumps being rattled. He was walking back, only to be told to stay put because the bowler had overstepped by a long way. 534/7
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    163.4 five wickets for Saini, with the wicket being snapped up in scratchy fashion. Overpitched outside off, a late chop with the bat from Thakare. Edge flies to third slip, who parries it over second slip like he's a volleyball net. First slip holds on 547/10
    Extras
    28 (b 14, lb 3, nb 6, w 5)
    TOTAL
    547 all out (163.4 Overs, RR: 3.34, 790 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-96 (RR Sanjay, 29.6 ov), 2-107 (FY Fazal, 33.4 ov), 3-133 (Ganesh Satish, 43.4 ov), 4-206 (AV Wankhade, 64.6 ov), 5-237 (AA Wakhare, 73.6 ov), 6-246 (W Jaffer, 77.5 ov), 7-415 (AA Sarwate, 125.1 ov), 8-547 (SS Neral, 161.2 ov), 9-547 (AV Wadkar, 162.1 ov), 10-547 (AS Thakare, 163.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Akash Sudan27310223.7700
    NA Saini36.3513553.6910
    N Rana13.113212.4300
    K Khejroliya39813223.3806
    Vikas Mishra38610202.6800
    DR Shorey1012702.7000
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    8.5 woeful shot from the inexperienced man. Looks to go over the top, without stretching out to get to the pitch of this outside off. Ends up slicing it high and mid-off runs a few steps back to hang on. There were runs on the board. Long-on was back. The ball had dipped already. That's a poor end to an otherwise decent season for Chandela 32/1
    17 precisely the point I was mentioning earlier. Gambhir, who is standing on off stump, walks across to flick but Gurbani pins him on the pad as he looks to work this behind square, but the ball would've definitely missed leg. Umpire Anil Dandekar gets it completely wrong, but Gurbani won't complain. 50/2
    52.3 caught behind! Sarwate's switch to a positive line from around the wicket has worked immediately. And Wadkar, by far the noisiest, most optimistic player on the field for Vidarbha in the last two hours, has held on. It's back of a length, sliding in the corridor. He backs away to cut, and it's too close. Thick edge and it's taken 164/3
    56.4 edged and gone! Gurbani has delivered again. Stays over the wicket, gets the full ball to move away late. Draws the drive, no feet. A loose shot and a big edge, through to the keeper 189/4
    64.3 he runs out of luck. Pant looks to wallop this against the line, ended up fetching this length ball from way outside off. Looked to go over midwicket but ended up slicing this high in the air, point and gully were in contention, Wankhede at gully called for it, moved back and stationed himself under the delivery to pull off a safe catch 222/6
    57.3 beauty of a delivery and Himmat has to walk back. This ball drifted in and straightened to square him up and beat the outside edge to hit off stump. What a delivery. Subdued celebrations from Wakhare, but his mates know that is a big, big strike. 190/5
    68 bowled. Another wild heave results in a wicket. Length ball at middle stump, steps out, nowhere near the pitch and swings for midwicket. Loses off stump 228/7
    75.2 that's the end of that. Stepped out to swing wild but completely deceived in flight as the bowler dropped short, Wadkar effected the simplest of stumpings. 279/9
    69.4 taken at deep midwicket. An innings victory in sight now. This is tossed up at middle stump. He gets down on one knee and swings well, but that climbs on him a touch and he gets a lot of height and barely any distance on it. Drags it out to that fielder 234/8
    76 drags this slog from way outside off towards long-on. As far as catches go, it can't get easier than that. Vidarbha will need 29 to win 280/10
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    Extras
    11 (b 8, lb 2, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    280 all out (76 Overs, RR: 3.68, 333 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-32 (K Chandela, 8.5 ov), 2-50 (G Gambhir, 16.6 ov), 3-164 (DR Shorey, 52.3 ov), 4-189 (N Rana, 56.4 ov), 5-190 (Himmat Singh, 57.3 ov), 6-222 (RR Pant, 64.3 ov), 7-228 (Manan Sharma, 67.6 ov), 8-234 (NA Saini, 69.4 ov), 9-279 (Vikas Mishra, 75.2 ov), 10-280 (Akash Sudan, 75.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RN Gurbani1829225.1100
    AS Thakare1261401.1600
    AA Wakhare2829543.3900
    AA Sarwate913033.3300
    SS Neral913914.3301

Match Details

Toss

Vidarbha , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Vidarbha won the 2017/18 Ranji Trophy

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30

Match days

29,30,31, December 2017, 1,2 January 2018 (5-day match)

First-class debut

Close of Play

  • Fri, 29 Dec - day 1 - Delhi 1st innings 271/6 (DR Shorey 123*, Vikas Mishra 5*, 88 ov)
  • Sat, 30 Dec - day 2 - Vidarbha 1st innings 206/4 (W Jaffer 61*, AA Wakhare 0*, 67 ov)
  • Sun, 31 Dec - day 3 - Vidarbha 1st innings 528/7 (AV Wadkar 133*, SS Neral 56*, 156 ov)
  • Mon, 01 Jan - day 4 - Vidarbha 2nd innings 32/1 (5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Ranji Trophy

Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA6402320.479
DELHI6303270.333
MAHA6221160.084
HYDBD621116-0.156
RLYS623114-0.312
UP603250.508
ASSAM60422-0.977
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
GUJ6501340.097
KER6510310.636
SAU6312260.245
J + K61419-0.077
HRYNA61419-0.506
JHARK61418-0.049
RAJ60246-0.294
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MP631221-0.116
MUM6204210.228
AP6105190.326
BRODA6114160.508
TN601511-0.112
ODSH60246-0.648
TRPRA60244-0.426
Group D
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR6402310.358
BENG6213230.367
PNJB6222180.609
HP6114140.300
CGARH613213-0.514
SVCS612310-0.273
GOA60246-0.700