Jungade, Wakhare put Vidarbha in command in Plate semis

Nagpur: An undefeated 125-run stand for the ninth wicket between tailenders Amol Jungade (not out 92) and Akshay Wakhare (not out 50) helped Vidarbha score 467 for eight against Hyderabad on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Plate Division semifinal match on Thursday.

Resuming at a total of 225 for five, the hosts lost both the overnight batsmen skipper Sairaj Bahutule (17) and Srikant Wagh (19) for the addition of 42 runs.

However, crisis man Ranjit Paradkar (75) once again held the Vidarbha innings together before falling on the team score of 342.

Paradkar`s 193-ball knock was studded with eight fours. After Paradkar`s dismissal, Hyderabad bowlers threatened to go run through the tail but some resolute batting by Jungade and Wakhare kept them at bay.

Jungade, in particular, was in fine nick as he pierced the field with some well timed drives and also hit a six. His 219-ball contained nine fours.

Wakhare too held on to his wicket to complete a well-deserved half-century. He faced 149 balls and hit five fours.

Left-arm spinner A Quadri was the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad, finishing with the figures of three for 79. Medium pacers Anwar Khan and K Naidu claimed two wickets apiece.

Brief scores:

Vidarbha 1st innings: 467 for eight in 180 overs (Amol Jungade batting 92, R Paradkar 75, Akshay Wakhre batting 50; A Quadri 3/79, A Khan 2/66, K Naidu 2/91).


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