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Ranji Trophy | We are not getting complacent, cautions Vidarbha’s Ganesh Satish

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Ranji Trophy | We are not getting complacent, cautions Vidarbha’s Ganesh Satish

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Vidarbha batsman Ganesh Satish, who dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck on day four of the Ranji Trophy final, has claimed that his side will not get complacent with one day left to play. Saurashtra ended the day at a score of 28/5 and will require more 148 runs to upset the Defending Champions.

Defending champions Vidarbha will enter the final day of their Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra as favorites to record back-to-back title wins. Faiz Fazal-led Vidarbha reduced the Saurashtra batting line-up to tithers with some impressive bowling from bowlers Aditya Sarwate and Umesh Yadav.

Vidarbha had to thank spinner Aditya Sarwate who picked up three wickets including that of India Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara. Teammate Ganesh Satish revealed that last year’s champions will not get complacent with just one day left to play.

"Confident, but not getting carried away, So we're not getting complacent. We're taking it one wicket at a time.

"We knew we had to be positive. We knew there was some help for the spinners, so we knew we were always in the game. If you see even last year, we defended a couple of low totals. So that gave us confidence. The coach and the senior players, we spoke about it, that anything can happen. These low targets are never easy to chase, especially in such a high-pressure game. Anything can happen … a couple of quick wickets. So we were just thinking of getting a couple of quick wickets and putting some pressure on them," Satish told ESPNCricinfo. 

Meanwhile, Saurashtra cricketer Dharmendrasinh Jadeja also heaped praise on Sarwate whose accuracy was the reason behind the latter’s success with the ball. Jadeja admitted that Sheldon Jackon’s wicket towards the end of the day hurt them immensely but they could just be one good partnership away from a win against Vidarbha.

"Sarwate was just bowling at one spot, and the wicket was doing the rest - whether turning or not. That was my plan too, to deliver at one particular spot on the pitch.

"This was a crucial game for us, and we needed everyone to perform together. That didn't happen, but we still have hope. We just need one good partnership. Sheldon's wicket, just four overs before the stumps, did hurt us, but Sheldon was just playing his natural game," Jadeja said.

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