One man, a debutant, stood out. Avneesh Sudha hit a composed 91 and, along with Vaibhav Panwar (67) and Saurabh Rawat (68*), dragged Uttarakhand to a position of respectability, something not everyone thought they were capable of.
At the Shivaji Park crematorium Thursday, emotions overwhelmed these former cricketers of Shardashram High School during the last rites of their coach Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 86.
‘Emotionless, fatigued and lonely’, Mumbai run-machine Shreyas Iyer talks life on the fringes of Team India. In a freewheeling chat, he opens up on a lot of subjects that young cricketers usually shy away from in an effort to be diplomatic.
Chasing 284 runs for victory, Saurashtra fell short by 19 runs. Instead of six points, they will go home with only one. Bragging rights missed but they have effectively ended Mumbai's knockout hopes, barring a minor miracle.
Mumbai will look to add a few more runs on the final day before asking Saurashtra to bat again. It will be interesting to see whether the visitors too will go for a win or be happy to take away one point.