Ranji Trophy Final 2017, Delhi vs Vidarbha, Highlights

Henrietta Strickland
December 30, 2017

Batting nearly through the day, Shorey hit 17 boundaries.

As Rajneesh Gurbani geared up to bowl to Delhi batsman Dhruv Shorey, he did not realise that he was on a hat-trick.

Taking his first hat-trick in the first class cricket, the 24-year-old from Nagpur the second bowler after Tamil Nadu's B Kalyanasundaram to claim a hat-trick in a Ranji Trophy final match. Gurbani finished with 6 for 59 as Delhi managed only 295 in their first innings. This was Shorey's first century of the season and something that he will remember for a long time to come.

Gurbani delivered three more scorchers on either side of Shorey's dismissal, all resulting in the stumps getting knocked over. "As far as the hat-trick ball was concerned, the plan was to bowl at the stumps".

Trouble awaited them as Gurbani got one to prodigiously cut back and remove an unmoved Mishra's off-stump with the fifth ball of the 101st over. Jaffer though remained unbeaten on 61 to keep Vidarbha's hopes alive at the end of the day.

This season's most prolific opening duo of skipper Faiz Fazal (67) and Sanjay Ramaswamy (31) started the second session from where they had left, adding another 51 runs, before Akash Sudan sent Ramaswamy s two stumps flying for the team's first breakthrough.

The Vidarbha medium pacer's spell read an impressive 6/59. "On the first day, the wicket was helping the seamers", Sudan said. Gurbani then removed Kulwant Khejroliya, the No. 11 batsman, four balls after Shorey's exit to slam in the final nail. If Delhi won the quarter-final by beating Madhya Pradesh by seven wickets and the semi-final by an innings and 26 runs against Bengal, Vidarbha hammered Kerala by 412 runs - the biggest margin by runs in Ranji history - and beat all odds to edge out Karnataka in a thriller in the semi-finals. He was solid as rock and cool as a cucumber in the middle.

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