Gritty Mumbai still in contention for Ranji Trophy quarters
Mumbai's gritty performance in the second innings against Gujarat has allowed the defending champions to stay in contention for a berth in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.
The winner of this match would become the third team from Group ‘A’ to join table toppers Karnataka and Punjab, who beat Jharkhand outright with a bonus point, in the knockout rounds. While Mumbai need an outright win to qualify for the quarter-final, Gujarat, who have taken three points from the first innings lead, would be safe if they even draw the game today.
The match is headed for an exciting finish at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium. In a chase of 175, Gujarat were reduced to 67 for three on the penultimate day. Beginning the day at 76 for four, Mumbai scored 273 to set a 175-run target for the hosts. Overnight batsmen Hiken Shah and Iqbal Abdulla, both on 4, added 60 runs for the fifth wicket.
Pravin Tambe played a significant knock of 42 and then Shardul Thakur (22) and Javed Khan (23) came up with useful knocks to shore up Mumbai’s second innings total. Jasprit Bumrah (4-68) and Askhar Patel (3-71) were the pick of the bowlers for Gujarat.
Mumbai then put Gujarat on shaky ground, dismissing Smit Patel (6), Samit Gohel (0) and skipper Parthiv Patel (5) cheaply, with Abdulla removing both the openers.
Elsewhere in Ranji
Karnataka and Punjab from Group A and Maharashtra from Group C qualified for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy yesterday on the third day of the last league phase. Railways, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are all but through from Group B.