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Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Vidarbha eye semi-final berth with Fazal, Wankhade tons

Vidarbha 246 and 431 for 6 (Fazal 119, Wankhade 107, Saxena 3-106) lead Kerala 176 (Jalaj 40, Gurbani 5-38) by 501 runs

Centuries from Faiz Fazal and Apoorv Wankhade swelled Vidarbha's lead to 501 as they finished on 431 for 6 at stumps against Kerala on the fourth day in Surat. With a first-innings lead already under their belt, declaration wasn't a priority for Vidarbha who piled on 354 runs in 94 overs on the penultimate day to remain on course for securing a semi-final berth.

Having finished on 77 for 1 on day three, Vidarbha captain Fazal converted his overnight half-century into a 209-ball 119 - his 16th first-class century - adding 90 for the second wicket with Akshay Wakhare, who could only add 23 runs to his overnight score of 7. Fazal, however, stitched together another 74 runs with Wasim Jaffer (58) for the third wicket, before being caught behind off left-arm spinner KC Akshay, who also dismissed Wankhade towards the end of the day. Having come in at No. 6, Wankhade raced to his maiden first-class century that anchored a 135-run stand with Ganesh Satish (65) and culminated in a 94-ball 107 that featured six fours and five sixes.

Offspinner Jalaj Saxena accounted for three of Vidarbha's top five, while medium-pacer MD Nidheesh picked up the solitary wicket of Jaffer off his 18 overs. Vidarbha's Akshay Wadkar and Karn Sharma kept vigil on at stumps with an unbeaten 20 and 4 respectively.

Kerala 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5Jalaj S SaxenaMohammed Azharuddeen
2nd54Salman NizarMohammed Azharuddeen
3rd27SV SamsonSalman Nizar
4th51Sachin BabySalman Nizar
5th3KB Arun KarthikSalman Nizar
6th3PR PremSalman Nizar
7th0PR PremBasil Thampi
8th0PR PremKC Akshay
9th14PR PremMD Nidheesh
10th8PR PremS Sandeep Warrier

Ranji Trophy

Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
KNTKA6402320.479
DELHI6303270.333
MAHA6221160.084
HYDBD621116-0.156
RLYS623114-0.312
UP603250.508
ASSAM60422-0.977
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
GUJ6501340.097
KER6510310.636
SAU6312260.245
J + K61419-0.077
HRYNA61419-0.506
JHARK61418-0.049
RAJ60246-0.294
Group C
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
MP631221-0.116
MUM6204210.228
AP6105190.326
BRODA6114160.508
TN601511-0.112
ODSH60246-0.648
TRPRA60244-0.426
Group D
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
VIDAR6402310.358
BENG6213230.367
PNJB6222180.609
HP6114140.300
CGARH613213-0.514
SVCS612310-0.273
GOA60246-0.700