The defending champions Vidarbha ended the second day of the Ranji Trophy final in Nagpur with an amazing comeback. With their performance on Day 2, they have put themselves in pole position to retain the title.
Having lost 7 wickets for just 200 on the board, the defending champions added a total of 112 runs for the remaining three wickets on the second day.
The duo of Akshay Wakhare and Akshay Karnewar frustrated the Saurashtra bowlers on the second day and were involved in a strong 78-run stand to rescue their side from a problematic situation. It was Chetan Sakariya who gave his team a much-need breakthrough by sending Wakhare back into the dressing room at the score of 34.
Meanwhile, his fellow partner Karnewar went onto score a half-century and remained not out as Vidarbha were bowled out for 312 in the first innings.
Vidarbha kept their tails up by striking early with Aditya Sarwate picking up the wicket of Harvik Desai by trapping him leg-before-wicket for just 10 runs. Vishvaraj Jadeja and Snell Patel had a strong partnership of 61 runs for the second wicket to divert the pressure back on the defending champions but this dangerous partnership was broken once again by Sarwate on a tricky pitch.
But he gave his team one more reason to celebrate when he picked up the ever-so-important of Cheteshwar Pujara for just 1.
It was a dream delivery by Sarwate which was pitching on middle stump, the ball spun away from Pujara who poked at it without any feet movement, only to edge it behind to first slip where Wasim Jaffer took an easy catch.
But, Snell Patel made sure that he kept the scoreboard ticking. He took every bowler head-on and kept on scoring some really valuable runs for his side.
Patel, who is currently unbeaten on 87, is now the only batsmen that can make the difference for his team. He will hope that his partner at the other end Prerak Mankad, who is playing on 16, and the lower order could stick with him and contribute with some valuable runs to replicate what Vidarbha did on Day 2.
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