Vidarbha claim 2nd successive Ranji title, beat Saurashtra in final by 78 runs

Prime Sports, National (Nagpur), February 7:- Defending champions Vidarbha won the 85th Ranji Trophy title, beating Saurashtra by 78 runs in the summit clash on Thursday.

Set a target of 206, Saurashtra folded for 127 runs in 58.4 overs, giving Vidarbha their second title triumph in the country’s marquee first-class tournament.

Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal is now the 11th captain to claim two successive Ranji Trophy titles. Former Maharashtra captain Prof DB Deodhar was the first player to achieve the feat back in 1940, 1941.

Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate was the star for Vidarbha, claiming six wickets during his 24 overs in the second innings. He had picked up 5 wickets while conceding 98 runs in the first innings.

Star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who played a stellar role in India’s maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil last month, could not make his presence felt for Saurashtra and was dismissed cheaply in both the innings.

Brief scores: Vidarbha: 312 and 200. Saurashtra: 307 and 127 all out in 58.4 overs (Vishvaraj Jadeja 52, Aditya Sarwate (6/59).

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