Mumbai pulls off a nail biter against Rajasthan
Dec 13: Hosts Rajasthan players’ made mockery of the game by showing needless alacrity fashioning five run-outs in their second innings and eventually falling three runs short in achieving their target.
Visitors Mumbai pulled off a nail biting two-run win over Rajasthan after last three batsmen were dismissed off the final three balls of the match on the action-packed last day of their Ranji Trophy Super League match here on Wednesday.
Hosts Rajasthan required 384 for an outright victory after resuming its second innings on 48 for one on the last day. Riding on opener V. Saxena valiant ton 122 (234b, 20x4, 1x6) Rajasthan surprisingly came at the verge of victory but faltered at the doorstep after being bowled out on the score of 381.
Visitors escape defeat scalping three wickets in the last three balls of the final over before N.S. Doru (82) and Robin Bist (64) contributed in their team’s total with good half-century knocks.
Rajasthan just needed 46 runs in seven overs when Rohit Jhalani got himself run out for 14 in the form of fifth wicket triggering a collapse, which caused further three more run-outs with a total of five in the innings.
Both Mumbai and Maharashtra are placed joint second with 15 points each with Delhi topping the list with 17.
“The run outs saved our day as they came in such a crucial period that it crippled the confidence of the opposing team. The panic mounted with every delivery and that made the game exciting,” said Mumbai coach Praveen Amre.
Mumbai (1st innings): 295
Rajasthan (1st innings): 179
Mumbai (2nd innings): 267/4 decl
Rajasthan (2nd innings, overnight 48/1):
M Sharma lbw b Malvi 6
V Saxena c Muzumdar b Abdulla 122
R Bishnoi c Rahane b Nayar 44
N Doru run out (Samant) 82
R Bist run out (Powar) 64
R Jhalani run out (Rahane) 14
G Khoda run out (Muzumdar) 18
P Singh not out 10
A Khan b Hussain 0
S Singh (2) run out (Kukreja) 1
M Aslam b Hussain 0
Extras: (b 1, lb 9, w 4, nb 1, pen 5) 20
Total: (all out in 106 overs) 381
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-85, 3-244, 4-306, 5-338, 6-366, 7-375, 8-380, 9-381, 10-381
Bowling: U Malvi 20-6-61-1, M Hussain 15-1-58-2, A Nayar 16-4-60-1, R Powar 26-4-99-0, I Abdulla 25-3-80-1, A Muzumdar 2-0-4-0, R Sharma 2-0-4-0
RANJI ROUND-UP (Super league)
Maharashtra 219 & 240 in 74.3 overs (V. Takawale 75, P. Awana four for 62, C. Nanda four for 70) lost to Delhi 409 & 51 for three in 14.5 overs, at Nagothane.
Delhi 5 pts; Maharashtra 0
Saurashtra 245 & 245 in 109.1 overs (F. Bambhaniya 46, S. Jobenputra 54, N.C. Aiyappa four for 87) bt Karnataka 226 & 261 in 62.4 overs (S. Joshi 42, C. Raghu 77, S. Maniar four for 54), at Mysore.
Saurashtra 5; Karnataka 0
Andhra 159 & 127 lost to Hyderabad 132 & 155 for seven in 67.1 overs, in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad 5; Andhra 0
Punjab 496 for eight decl. drew with Baroda 583 for five in 156 overs (C. Williams 185, Bilakhia 47, R. Solanki 111, P. Shah 53 not out, S. Gaekwad 54 not out), at Amritsar.
Baroda 3; Punjab 1
Haryana 302 & 114 in 45.3 overs (S. Pandey five for 38) drew with Madhya Pradesh 215 & 169 for nine in 73.3 overs (J.T. Billa four for 52), at Rohtak.
Haryana 3; MP 1
Gujarat 154 & 259 lost to Kerala 340 & 74 for one in 21.3 overs, at Surat.
Kerala 5; Gujarat 0
Vidarbha 163 & 400 for eight decl. bt Services 91 & 163 in 68 overs (M. Hashim four for 52).
Vidarbha 5; Services 0
Tripura 460 drew with Assam 410 in 192.2 overs (P.J. Das 114, S. Ramesh 101 not out, T.S. Saha four for 114), at Guwahati.
Tripura 3; Assam 1
J&K 147 & 59 for three in 27 overs drew with Goa 141 in 55.5 overs (A. Ratra 42, S. Beigh six for 50), at Jammu.
J&K 3; Goa 1
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