Ranji giants Mumbai pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Tamil Nadu despite visiting skipper Diensh Karthik’s brilliant 167 in the first innings of the Group B league encounter on Sunday.
Chasing 236 for a win at Bandra Kurla Complex, the hosts saw fighting fifties from Shreyas Iyer (83) and Suryakumar Yadav (58) but could not save the regular fall of wicket to bag only six points by the skin of their teeth.
Even after losing their top batsmen, Mumbai were looking well-placed at 202 for five, but Yadav’s wicket spelt trouble for the hosts even as left-arm spinner Rahil Shah (4-78) and off-spinner Malolan Rangarajan (3-44) got down to business.
New-ball bowlers Aswin Crist and Mohammed also shared wicket apiece.
Karthik’s first innings ton set the tone for the match as the visitors amassed 434 runs. In reply, Mumbai rode on Siddhesh Lad’s 150 to manage 294 runs.
The third innings saw a complete turnaround for TN as they were skittled out for 95 with left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar bagging a seven wicket haul.
Mumbai now have 14 points from three matches and are very much in the race for a place in the knock-outs. TN have nine points from three matches with a win, a drawn game and a loss.
Tamil Nadu: 464 and 95 all out in 36 overs (Murali Vijay 29, Malola Rangarajan 33; Vishal Dabholkar 7-53)
Mumbai: 294 and 236/9 in 60.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 83, Suryakumar Yadav 58; Rahil Shah 4-78, Malolan Rangarajan 3-44)
Yuvraj, Manan hit centuries as Punjab earn three points
Riding on India discard Yuvraj Singh and Manan Vohra’s centuries, Punjab took a solid first innings lead and earned three points from the drawn encounter against Gujarat in their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match.
In reply to Gujarat’s first innings total of 467, Punjab scored 608 all out with skipper Yuvraj being the top scorer with 187 runs off 233 balls, including 14 boundaries and seven sixes.
Brief scores: Gujarat: 467 & 135 for four (Bhargav Merai 56). Punjab: 608 (Manan Vohra 104, Yuvraj Singh 187; Rujul Bhatt 8/151)
Anureet, Updhayay bundle UP out as Railways win by 282 runs
New ball bowlers Anureet Singh (5/15) and Krishnakant Upadhyay (4/32) as Railways bundled out Uttar Pradesh for paltry 58 runs to pull off a fantastic 282-run victory in a Ranji Trophy group B league encounter.
Set a victory target of 341 on the final day, UP were looking to for a draw and a point as they were all-out in 42 overs with Himanshu Asnora (19) being only player to reach double digits.
Brief Scores: Railways 375 & 229/4 (Faiz Ahmed 80, Ashish Singh 60) Uttar Pradesh 264 & 58 (Anureet Singh 5/15, Krishnakant Upadhyay 4/32). Points UP 6; Railways 0.
Andhra gain three points in a tame draw
Ricky Bhui (116) and AG Pradeep (100) scored a century each as Andhra took the first innings lead over Baroda and gained three points in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match.
In reply to Baroda’s first innings total of 302, Andhra scored 474 for six declared in their opening essay to take 172-run lead.
At the close of play on the fourth and final day, Baroda were 60 for two in their second innings.
Brief scores: Baroda: 302 & 60/2 (Kedar Devdhar 30 not out). Andhra: 474 for six decl (KS Bharat 144, Ricky Bhui 116, AG Pradeep 100; Sagar Mangalorkar 2/97, Ketan Panchal 2/23).