Ranji Trophy: Wagh`s five-for helps Vidarbha beat Haryana
Nagpur: A sensational bowling performance by pacer Shrikant Wagh (5/30) helped Vidarbha register an eight-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy group A match here on Sunday.
Vidarbha bowlers, led by left-arm pacer Wagh, bowled out Haryana for a paltry 102 in their second innings giving their batsmen just 145 runs to chase on the final day.
An unbeaten half century by Faiz Fazal (50) and skipper Shalabh Shrivastava (27 not out) guided the hosts to a comfortable victory at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Resuming on 29 for two, Haryana batsman Harshal Patel (6) was dismissed by Wagh in the first over of the day without adding any runs to his overnight score of six. Sunny Singh (19) too was bowled by the 25-year-old pacer to peg the visitors at 41 for four.
Wagh was ably supported by off-spinners Akshay Wakhare (3/33) and Sumit Ruikar (2/12) as regular strikes by the trio scuttled the Haryana batting in 46.5 overs.
For Haryana, who had a 42-run first innings lead, Avi Barot (24) was the highest run scorer followed by Singh.
Chasing a modest target, Vidarbha lost wickets of Amol Ubarhande (21) and Wagh (31) before opening their season account with full six points.
Fazal`s fifty came off 97 ball including six fours while Shrivastava hit five boundaries in his 29-ball knock.
Haryana: 329 & 102 all out (Avi Barot 24, Sunny Singh 19; Shrikant Wagh 5/30)
Vidarbha: 287 & 145 for two (Faiz Fazal 50, Shrikant Wagh 31; Mohit Sharma 1/26).
Points: Vidarbha 6; Haryana 0.