Surat: Off-spinner Akshay Wakhare bagged a career-best seven wickets 7 for 70 to run through Gujarat batting line-up in a sensational bowling display and set up Vidarbha's 120-run victory in their Ranji Trophy cricket match here on Saturday.
Gujarat were dismissed for just 175 in 70 overs in their second innings at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, thanks to the brilliant bowling show by Wakhare who had also taken six wickets in the first innings, taking his match tally to 13 for 163.
Vidarbha declared on their overnight score of 307 for 8, setting Gujarat a challenging 296 for the win on the fourth and final day today.
The hosts, however, failed to get going in their chase, as regular blows from Wakhare prevented the team from building any significant partnership.
Captain Parthiv Patel put up a lone fight, scoring an unbeaten 73, but none of his team-mates gave him support, as Gujarat folded in 70 overs.
Vidarbha: 236 and 307 for 8 (Shalabh Shrivastava 101, Faiz Fazal 75; Ramesh Powar 5/99).
Gujarat: 248 and 175 (Parthiv Patel 73 not out; Akshay Wakhare 7/70).