Vidarbha becomes Ranji Trophy Champions for the second time

Vidarbha becomes Ranji Trophy Champions for the second time

Defending Champions Vidarbha reclaim Ranji Trophy after winning by 78 runs and getting Saurashtra out for 127 runs.
Yesterday’s hero Aditya Sarwate became todays man of the match as he captured another three wickets to complete his five wicket hall and winning the game for his team and the most economical bowler of the game was Akshay Wakhare for giving only 37 runs in 22.4 overs (economy 1.63) and also three wickets today, and this was first time in five year that from two teams only player scored a ton (Snell Patel 102*).

2018-19 Ranji Trophy season broke many records and below are some:
Wasim Jaffer (Vidarbha):
1. First player to score two 1k runs aggregate in Ranji Trophy, 1260 for Mumbai (2008-09) and 1037 for Vidarbha (2018-19).
2. He surpassed Maharashtra’s Devendra Bundela record of most Ranji appreances of 145 and currently he has 149 matches to his name.
3. He became the first player to go past 11,000 runs in Ranji Trophy.
4. First player to score 1000 runs for Vidarbha.
Miland Kumar(Sikkim):
Kumar becomes the second most run scorer in a calendar year (1331) and missed the 20 years record of V.V.S Laxman by just 84.
Pankaj Singh
He became the tenth bowler overall and first pacer in Ranji Trophy to reach the milestone of 400 wickets.
Finally one of the oldest record of Ranji Trophy (most wickets in a season) was broken this year by Bihar’s spinner Ashutosh Aman as he captured 68 wickets in just one season and broke 44 year old record of Bishan Singh Bedi who took 68 wickets in 1974/75 season.
 
Vidarbha have today become the sixth team to successfully defend their title and as we know winners of Ranji Trophy will face Rest of India in the Irani Trophy and if see the last five years winners of Irani Trophy then ROI are leading 3-2 and Vidarbha themselves won the Irani Trophy last year. Here, the list of previous five year winners of Irani Trophy:
2013-14 Irani Cup: Rest of India won by an innings and 222 runs.
2014-15 Irani Cup:  Karnataka won by 246 runs.
2015-16 Irani Cup: Rest of India won by 4 wickets.
2016-17 Irani Cup: Rest of India won by 6 wickets.
2017-18 Irani Cup: Vidarbha won by first innings.
2019 Irani Cup of Vidarbha vs Rest of India will be played from 11-15 February 2019.

Final Score of Ranji Trophy Final:
Saurashtra 2nd Innings: 127/10 in 58.4 overs and until then good bye.

February 07, 2019

Both the Tim’s gave New Zealand their First Win

Both the Tim’s gave New Zealand their First Win

New Zealand wins the first match from three match T-20 series and is looking strong after getting their biggest win against India by 80 runs.
India won the toss and elected to bowl first which proved a bad decision by skipper Rohit Sharma as the Kiwis posted a huge total of 219 and getting past 200 easily thanks to Whanganui born opener Tim Siebert who had unsuccessful outings earlier but not this time as Siebert scored his first half century in his ninth T-20 outing and scoring 84 runs as an opener after regular keeper Tom Latham was given rest for a match and he was well supported by Colin Munro (fellow opener) and skipper Kane Williamson and both scored 34 runs respectively.
 
India had to face a huge target and failed to do so as India lost wickets in quick succession and highest score came from MS Dhoni (39) and skipper Sharma got out on just one. Today, as Virat Kohli was rested so, Vijay Shankar took the job of batting on one down and he fired two fours and sixes respectively but was kept on his toes by Mitchell Santner unfortunately Shankar’s firry inning lasted only 18 balls but still he managed his best ever T-20 score and along with Shankar other names came to light were Krunal Pandya who scored 20 runs and got his first T-20 six.
 
Reason behind India low total was Tim Southee who got three wickets of good players namely Sharma, Dhoni, and Krunal which proved fatal for India and other stars of Kiwi bowling today were Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi all got two wickets each and Sodhi captured his tenth wicket against India and 43rd overall.
This is the first time New Zealand is leading any series after losing the first match in Odi series and currently Kiwis lead 1-0 and final score: New Zealand 219/6, India 139/10 and Man of the Match was Tim Siebert.

Next match is on 8th February 2019 at 11:30 AM IST on Eden Park, Auckland.     

February 06, 2019

Can Vidarbha stop Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy Final?

Can Vidarbha stop Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy Final?

Saurashtra are on a verge to win their first Ranji Trophy final at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
Saurashtra had an upper hand today after getting host out for just 200 runs due to Dharmendrasinh Jadeja’s 6 wickets which gave a small target of 206 runs for the visitors to chase after one hour from lunch break.
When Saurashtra came back all eyes were on Cheteshwar Pujara but for the second time Pujara got out inside 5 runs in two innings and this time a golden duck and from nowhere, visitors lost another two wickets within nine overs and the victims were Snell Patel, Harvik Desai and Cheteshwar Pujara and visitors were 27 for 3 in 10 overs.
And the other two wickets felled on 17.5 and 24.3 overs and thanks to the clock, Saurashtra didn’t get any extra wickets as play was called for the day at 16:54 local time and from visitors point all batsman are out with only Vishvaraj Jadeja first down is still in the crease and with bowling all-rounder Kamlesh Makvana and for host it’s a big opportunity to win the match as they are back in the game after getting five wickets in the last session and Vidarbha have a major chance to win the Ranji Trophy from here.
 
Vidarbha have won the prestigious tournament once and that was last season as they are also defending champions and Saurashtra have never won the tournament since its inception but were runners-up twice in 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons and both the times Mumbai defeated Saurashtra and this time they have entered the final and Saurashtra are the only team from Gujarat who have yet not won a Ranji Trophy final apart from Baroda (five times) and Gujarat (once) and the question is can Saurashtra break their jinx of losing a Ranji Trophy Final.
 
Day Four Scores (incomplete):
 
Vidarbha:
1st Innings: 312/10
2nd Innings: 200/10
 
Saurashtra:
1st Innings: 307/10
2nd Innings: 58/5 Batting*
 
Final day will start from 9:15 AM local time rather than the regular time of 9:30 AM as play will start 15 minutes earlier for tomorrow.

February 06, 2019

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