Vidarbha thrash Delhi by innings and 93 runs

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Nagpur, Jan 31: Hosts Vidarbha bowled with clinical precision to outclass table toppers Delhi by an innings and 93 runs in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy tournament, here today.

Having won the match in less than two and half days, Vidarbha with seven points including a bonus from this match climbed upto second spot in the league table with 24 points from seven games.

Shrikant Wagh bowls during the match. He took 3 wickets in 2nd innings

Delhi, who have not done well in the last two matches stay put at the top with 30 points and are already through to quarter-finals of the national championship. On the third day, Vidarbha took exactly 41 overs to demolish Delhi taking 12 wickets as their seamers and spinners shared the spoils in equal measure.

After getting all-out for 154 in the first innings thereby conceding a huge first innings lead of 216, Gautam Gambhir and co were asked to bat again and they fared even worse in the second essay as they were skittled out for 123 in 34 overs.

It was Sehwag, who was running high temperature, top-scored with 41 with the help of two boundaries and two sixes but it was more of a cameo than a match-saving effort.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir (16), Unmukt Chand (4) and veteran Mithun Manhas (1) all failed to contribute as left-arm seamer Shrikant Wagh (3/44), part-time seamer Faiz Fazal (2/21), off-spinner Akshay Wakhare (2/32) and left-arm arm spinner Rakesh Dhruv (3/17) shared the wickets amongst themselves.

Ganesh Satish celebrating his ton in first innings

The match would be a wake-up call for Delhi after their brilliant streak at home where they won all their matches outright with couple of bonus points.

Brief Scores: Vidarbha 370. Delhi 154 & 123 in 34 overs (Virender Sehwag 41, Shrikant Wagh 3/44). Vidarbha won by an innings and 93.

Points: Vidarbha 7; Delhi 0.

PTI

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