Snell Patel continued his cracking form in the Ranji Trophy to lead Saurashtra’s fight on an attritional second day of the final against Vidarbha in Nagpur. After being reduced to 200 for 7 overnight, Vidarbha rode on Akshay Karnewar’s unbeaten 73 to post 312 all out. At stumps on Day 2, Saurashtra were 158 for 5, trailing Vidarbha by 154 runs.Saurashtra got off to a disastrous start. They lost Harvik Desai to Aditya Sarwate who finished with three big wickets. After trapping Desai LBW, Sarwate snapped up Vishvaraj Jadeja as Saurashtra slipped to 79 for 2 in the 26th over. Two runs later, Sarwate removed Cheteshwar Pujara who had guided his team into the final with his 49th hundred in the semi-final against Karnataka last week.Saurashtra had pinned their hopes on Sheldon Jackson to stand with Patel after Pujara flopped but he was dismissed for only 9. However, Snell Patel did not disappoint and brought up his third successive fifty in the Ranji Trophy.Patel had scored 85 in the semi-final against Karantaka and 72 in the quaterfinal against Uttar Pradesh.Saurashtra were in a real spot of bother after skipper Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational spell of fast bowling had left Vidarbha reeling on the opening day. The failure of Cheteshwar Pujara meant Vidarbha had a foot in the door and when Sheldon Jackson departed cheaply, the defending champions had a real edge.But Snell Patel had other ideas. A 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Patek is playing only his 21st first-class match but he showed the confidence of a seasoned pro against a good bowling attack.advertisementHe will face a stiff challenge when play resumes on the third day – giving Snell Patel company at the other side was Prerak Mankad who was unbeaten on 16.