Gujarat all out for 54 as Aditya Sarwate helps Vidarbha defend lowest score


Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate grabbed a match haul of 11 wickets as Vidarbha pipped Gujarat by 18 runs, defending 73 on the third day morning in a Ranji Trophy Group D match at Jamtha here.

With this Vidarbha defended the lowest score—73 —successfully in first-class cricket in India, bettering Bihar’s 78 against Delhi in Jamshedpur way back in the 1948-49 season.

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At a venue where India’s opening Test against Australia is slated to be played in less than a month’s time, the match witnessed 15 wickets tumbling on day one, followed by 16 on the next day. The Ranji Trophy game was played on a side pitch, while the Test would be played on one of the centre strips. Chasing a paltry 73, Gujarat resumed their second essay on six for one as they were shot out for 54 inside 31 overs on the third day morning with Sarwate once again running through their line-up with stunning figures of 6-17 to complement his first innings 5-64.

Sarwate, who returned with a career-best match haul of 11-81, was complemented well by another left-arm spinner in Harsh Dubey (3-11). Siddharth Desai (18) was the only Gujarat batter to reach double digits.

Brief scores
Vidarbha 74 and 254 beat Gujarat 256 and 54 (S Desai 18; A Sarwate 6-17, H Dubey 3-11) by 18 runs

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