Irani Cup: Akshay Wadkar keeps Vidarbha in hunt for first-innings lead

Akshay Wadkar scored an dominant half-century. (PTI)

Wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar led Vidarbha’s fightback with an dominant half-century as a Ranji champions remained in hunt for a initial innings lead after a second day of their Irani Cup compare opposite Rest of India.

After restricting Rest to a medium 330 on a opening day, Vidarbha finished a second day during 245 for 6 with Wadkar and Akshay Karnewar (15 not out) holding fort. The hosts still route by 85 runs.

Vidarbha openers skipper Faiz Fazal (27) and Sanjay Ramaswamy (65) looked gentle in a commencement and put adult a 50-run stand.

But as things were looking good, Karnataka spinner Krishnappa Gowtham struck, stealing Fazal, who was held behind by antithesis wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan.

One down Atharva Taide (15) did not final prolonged after being trapped in front of a wicket by immature leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who tender everybody with his pointy leg breaks.

However, Ganesh Satish (48) afterwards assimilated hands with Ramaswamy as a twin attempted to revive a Vidarbha innings with their 64-run third wicket stand.

Satish struck 4 bounds and a six, while Ramaswamy’s innings was laced with 9 fours. However, after Ramaswamy’s departure, Vidarbha mislaid dual discerning wickets — Mohit Kale (1) and Satish — as they slumped from 146 for 3 to 168 for 5.

Then wicket-keeper Wadkar, who took time to settle, started a fightback as he built his innings initial in association of Aditya Sarvate (18) and after on with Karnewar.

The 24-year-old Wadkar, has faced 96 balls so distant and has strike 9 fours.

Vidarbha’s hopes for a essential first-innings lead hinges on his blade on a third morning.

Wadkar conjured an critical 58-run mount with Sarvate and afterwards has combined 19 runs for a consecutive mount for a seventh wicket with Karnewar.

For ROI, 5 wickets were common by a spinners, dual any by Gowtham (2-33) and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (2-66) while Chahar returened with total of 1-68. Pacer Ankit Rajpoot (1-43) got a sole wicket, that too after in a day.

Brief Scores: ROI 330 contra Vidarbha 245 for 6 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 65, Akshay Wadkar 50 not out, Ganesh Satish 48; K Gowtham 2-33, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2-66).