The semi-finals are over and the stage is set for an epic final clash in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. After almost 4 grueling months of cricket around the nation, two teams have toppled every other team that they faced in the highly prestigious tournament.
The defending champions, Vidarbha absolutely crushed the first-time semi-finalists Kerala by an innings and 11 runs to reach the finals. It was Umesh Yadav who pierced through the Kerala side to put his team one step closer to winning their second consecutive Ranji title. He took 7 wickets in the first innings and then came back to complete another five-wicket-haul in the second innings of the game.
He was quite the force in the ongoing season of Ranji as he took nine wickets in the quarterfinal clash over Uttarakhand, which Yadav’s team won by a whopping margin of an innings and 115 runs.
On the other hand, it was Cheteshwar Pujara’s heroics that led his team Saurashtra to their third Ranji Trophy final.
India’s number three Test batsman and his partner Sheldon Jackson steered their team from a difficult situation to one of dominance with an unbeaten double-century stand on the fourth day of the semi-final clash against Karnataka. Both the players went on to build a match-winning partnership of 214 runs for the fourth wicket.
Jackson perished after completing his hundred and left Pujara as the ‘lone warrior’. Despite losing Jackson at the other end, Pujara continued to play with calmness and played an unbeaten knock of 131 runs to chase down the sizeable target of 279 runs during the first session of Day Five.
Both the teams have won their matches quite convincingly and now set up an epic clash in the finals of the 2019 season of the Ranji Trophy.
Will Vidarbha be able to win their second consecutive Ranji Trophy? Or Pujara will lead Saurashtra to their maiden title win.
IT IS SURELY GOING TO BE A CRACKER OF A GAME!
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar