Ganesh’s ton in vain Vidarbha lose to Gujarat by 46 runs
   Date :13-Dec-2021

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Sports Reporter :
SEASONED professional Ganesh Satish’s ton went in vain as Vidarbha lost to Gujarat by 46 runs in a high-scoring encounter of the Vijay Hazare Trophy match at Cricket Club of India, Mumbai on Sunday. The back to back losses in two days have put Vidarbha’s chances of making it to the quarter-finals in jeopardy. On a batting friendly turf, Vidarbha bowlers could not contain Gujarat who hammered 363-6 in 50 overs at 7.26 runs per over. The asking was too much and though Vidarbha batsmen, led by Ganesh’s (110; 78b, 12x4, 2x6) charge, tried hard, they ended at 317 all out in 48.3 overs. All is not lost for Vidarbha as they take on a relatively easier opposition in Jammu and Kashmir after a day’s break. That would give the Faiz Fazal-led side time to ponder upon and start things on a fresh note for one last time in the league phase. Faiz won the toss and decided to field first. Lanky seamer Aditya Thakare forced Kathan Patel (11) to edge one to wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma in his second and team’s third over.
The other opener Saurav Chauhan (141; 121b, 9x4, 8x6) took the attack by sword and hammered eight massive sixes. He and Bhargav Merai (44; 51b, 6x4) took the score to 128 before the latter fell to left-arm spin of Atharva Taide in 22nd over. If Vidarbha thought, they would relax, they were proved wrong. Skipper-stumper Het Patel (109*; 87b, 12x4, 2x6) joined the carnage and the duo stitched a quick 116-run partnership for the third wicket. Though Chauhan was out to the combination of Ganesh and pacer Yash Thakur in the 40th over, Het and lower order batters kept the tempo. Vidarbha’s southpaw openers Faiz (28; 46b, 4x4) and Taide (48; 45b, 7x4, 1x6) once again provided a good platform adding 64 runs in 12 overs. One-down Ganesh dropped anchor and punished loose balls, keeping things under control. But wicket fell from the other end at regular intervals. He had a fruitful partnership with Aditya Sarvate (58; 38b, 6x4, 1x6) for the sixth wicket. But when he fell at 254 in 41.2 overs, Vidarbha needed exactly 110 runs in under nine overs.