As it happened: Irani Cup - Vidarbha vs Rest of India, Day 3

Catch all the live updates from the third day's play at Nagpur's VCA Stadium in Jamtha where Vidarbha is taking on Rest of India. After a washout in the first session, play resumes post lunch.

Vidarbha's Wasim Jaffer sent Rest of India on a leather hunt on the first two days in the Irani Cup.   -  Vivek Bendre

Good morning and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Irani Cup, played between Ranji Trophy champion Vidarbha and Rest of India.

We have had a blistering two day's of play where the Vidarbha batsmen, led by old warhorse Wasim Jaffer, sent the Rest of India on a leather hunt by completely dominating the first two days of play.

Will Rest of India have something different up its sleeve on Day 3? Stay tuned.

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That's it for today. We haven't had much of an action today but Vidarbha has consolidated its position with a gigantic total. Rest of India has a mountain to climb to surpass Vidarbha's total. Thank you for tuning in!

4.25 pm: The light isn't going to improve and that play has been called off for the day. At the end of day three Vidarbha has amassed 702 runs for the loss of five wickets. Wasim Jaffer missed a triple ton earlier today.

3.21 pm: The umpires check for the light again. And this time, they are walking off. Apoorv Wankhade is on 99 and Aditya Sarwate on 4 as the players walk out with Vidarbha on 702/5. What a day of stoppages today!

3.18 pm: Wankhade connects this clean from Jayant Yadav and sends the ball soaring beyond the long-on fielder. He moves on to 98 and Vidarbha breaches the 700-run mark. 701/5 in the 208th over.

Aditya Sarwate is the next man in. The umpires bring out the light meter again. No disruption of play.

3.12 pm: Vidarbha loses its 5th wicket. Akshay Wadkar nicks one to wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat. Wadkar tried to cut this one from Nadeem and didn't have enough room and ended up edging the ball. Bharat makes no mistake behind the wicket top pouch a good catch. Wadkar is out for 37 (58 balls, 4 fours) and Vidarbha on 691/5.

3.05 pm: The umpires and the players walk out for the final session of play on the third day. This is going to be an interesting passage of play. Let's hope the light holds on for sometime.

2.47 pm: Bad light stops play, for the second time in the day. The umpires have got out the meter again and have concluded that the light isn't conducive for the game to continue. Vidarbha on 686/4 in 205 overs. Akshay Wadkar on 34 and Apoorv Wankhade on 90 in the middle. They have added 86 runs in 135 balls for the 5th wicket. In fact, it is early tea. So we are in for a minimum 20 minute break.

2.40 pm: It is overcast and getting darker. The umpires are checking for the light again. Looks like it is fine and play will continue. Vidarbha 683/4 in 202 overs. Wankhade on 89 and Wadkar on 32 in the middle.

2.30 pm: 200 overs bowled by Rest of India. The 11 men on the field have toiled extremely hard for two-and-a-half days. Meanwhile, Wankhade is also nearing a century and is on 82. Vidarbha 663/4.

2.19 pm: Another good partnership. Wankahde and Wadkar put on 50 runs for the 5th wicket.

2.14 pm: Wankhade hits one straight behind the bowler, Jayant Yadav, for four. That was a good shot. He connected it clean. Two balls later, a short of length ball by Jayant, and he cuts it immaculately beyond the point fielder and the ball races to the fence. Vidarbha 647/4.

Nadeem gets some medical attention and is back on his feet to bowl.

2.10 pm: A sharp chance goes down. Nadeem drops one, off his own bowling. This was fiercely struck by Wankhade and the bowler can only get his fingers on it. Nadeem looks to be in pain, it came back to the bowler very quickly.

2.06 pm: End of 194 overs, Vidarbha 635/4. Apoorv Wankhade on 64, Akshay Wadkar on 16 in the middle.

A reminder of a rule here: Just incase neither teams take the first innings lead at the end of five days, the game can be extended by one day, i.e., play will be extended to day six.

Shahbaz Nadeem into the attack now. 

1.48 pm: End of 190 overs, Vidarbha 627/4.

The declaration isn't here still.

1.38 pm: After 188 overs, Vidarbha 619/4. Wankhade completes his half-century.  A backfoot punch and couldn't control his shot but it was wide of gully and the ball races away to the fence.

1.07 pm: Akshay Wadkar, who slammed a ton in Ranji Trophy final, is the next man in.

This is what India opener Murali Vijay had to say about the domestic war horse, Wasim Jaffer.

 

1.06 pm: First wicket of the day. Wasim Jaffer departs for 286. He is cleaned up by Siddharth Kaul. That's a huge wicket. All the team-mates give Jaffer a standing ovation. He has played 431 balls with 34 fours and 1 six.

12.58 pm: Well, that was quick. Navdeep Saini continues from the other end.

12.54 pm: "The light has improved and play will resume in five minutes," says Amol Karhadkar, from the VCA Stadium. 

12.46 pm: Bad news again! After one over, bad light stops play.  The umpires are out with the light meter and after consultation with the players, the umpires walk off along with the players.

 

12.43 pm: 600-up for Vidarbha. It has been a gigantic effort from the Ranji Trophy champion.

12.40 pm: Siddharth Kaul will commence the proceedings for Rest of India with the ball.

12.35 pm: We are minutes away from action. Wasim Jaffer on 285 and Apoorv Wankhade on 44 will resume Vidarbha's innings.

12.05 pm: Amol Karhadkar with some good news from Nagpur. Play on the third day will resume at 12.40 pm, which means we have lost the one session and we will have two sessions of play, if there are no more interruptions.

11.10 am: We have an update from our correspondent Amol Karhadkar from the VCA Stadium, Jamtha.

 

10.40 am: There will be an inspection at 11.30 am and the umpires will decide on the start based on their observations. We are in for a long wait.

 

10.00 am: It is still raining in Nagpur. This delay might prompt an early declaration from Vidarbha, something that was expected in the morning session. But with Jaffer just 15 runs away from what would be a scintillating tripe hundred, it would be interesting to see Vidarbha's approach. Let us hope for the game to start soon.

9.25 am: There is no sign of the rain relenting. The pitch and the practice pitches have been covered and there are a lot of puddles on the ground. "We won't have any action any time soon," says our correspondent Amol Karhadkar from the ground.

9.20 am: We have some bad news coming in from Jamtha, Nagpur. After two days of heat, the skies open up and it is raining. It has, infact, been raining since late last night and the start has been delayed.

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Former India cricketer Surinder Amarnath said he was glad to lose the 38-year-old record — of scoring the highest run (235 not out) representing a Ranji Trophy side against Rest of India — to Wasim Jaffer. This is what he had to say on Jaffer's feat.

Some of records broken in the ongoing Irani Cup

# Wasim Jaffer's unbeaten 285 is the highest individual score in an Irani Cup tie, bettering M. Vijay's 266 for Rest of India versus Rajasthan at Bangalore in 2012.

# Wasim Jaffer recorded the highest individual score by a Vidarbha batsman in first-class cricket, eclipsing Samir Gujar's 221 versus Madhya Pradesh at Nagpur in 1991-92.

# Vidarbha surpassed its previous highest total in first-class cricket, 583 for nine declared, against Saurashtra at Nagpur in 2014-15.

# Just before lunch on day two, Jaffer became the sixth Indian batsman to tally 18,000 runs in first-class cricket. He joined a club comprising Sunil Gavaskar (25,834), Sachin Tendulkar (25,396), Rahul Dravid (23,794), V. V. S. Laxman (19,730) and Vijay Hazare (18,740).