Experienced Umesh Yadav's medium-pace attack was difficult for Kerala batsmen to manage and his seven-wicket hurl put Kerala at a tough spot against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals.
After winning the toss, Vidarbha chose to field and smashed out Kerala for just 106 in 28.4 overs with Umesh picking 7 for 48 from 12 overs. Without the presence of Sanju Samson, Kerala team was just a shadow of the mighty team which overpowered Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat.
Vidarbha ended on 171 for 5, a lead of 65 runs, with skipper Faiz Fazal scoring 75.
Only three Kerala batsmen - Sachin Baby (22), Vishnu Vinod (37*) and Basil Thampi (10) - got double-digit scores.
Batting became easier when Vidarbha came out to bat. Faiz Fazal, the captain, led the way with a half-century. The ageless run-machine Wasim Jaffer scored 34 runs, completing 1000 in the season. He became the first batsman to score 1000 or more runs in two different Ranji seasons, the first being in 2008-09.
Vidarbha were cruising at 170 for 2 before Fazal's dismissal triggered a bit of a collapse. They lost three wickets for 1 run, giving Kerala some hope going into the second day.