Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to successfully defend its Ranji Trophy title at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Saurashtra fought till the end, coming back at several points in the match when Vidarbha had seemed to run away with it, but eventually couldn’t stop Vidarbha from becoming only the sixth team in history to successfully defend a Ranji Trophy title.
The day began with Saurashtra 58 for 5, and needing yet another stirring effort from the tail to get to their target of 206. Vishwaraj was the only top-order batsman left, but he found good support from Kamlesh Makvana, and then Dharmendrasinh Jadeja. It was not enough to induce doubts in Vidarbha, but both teams would have had memories of their first innings fresh – when the last three wickets added more than a 100 runs for each side.
Aditya Sarwate takes 11 wickets in this match judged Man of the Match.
Final scorecard –
Vidarbha 312 (Karnewar 73*, Unadkat 3-54) and 200 (Sarwate 49, Dharmendrasinh 6-96) beat Saurashtra 307 (Patel 102, Sarwate 5-98) and 127 (Vishvaraj 52, Sarwate 6-59) by 78 runs