Ranji Trophy: Priyank Panchal slams hundred as Gujarat hammer Mumbai by nine wickets

Mumbai: Skipper Priyank Panchal stuck a blistering hundred as Gujarat stunned hosts Mumbai by nine wickets in their Elite Group ‘A’ Ranji Trophy game here on Saturday.  Courtesys Panchal’s unbeaten 112 off 109 balls, Gujarat overhauled the 204-run target in just 41.5 overs and raced to victory despite conceding the first innings lead to the 41-time champions on the last day of the four-day game at the Wankhede Stadium.

The 28-year-old Panchal and Kathan Patel (55 runs in 85 balls) laid the foundation for their come-from-behind win with a 128-run stand for the opening wicket. Panchal hammered 11 fours and three sixes in his match-winning knock. After Kathan Patel fell, Bhargav Merai (34 not out in 57 balls) and Panchal took the side home without much fuss.

With this win, Gujarat became the first side to beat domestic giants Mumbai outright on four occasions. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have won on three occasions each. Earlier, Mumbai resumed the day at 157 for seven but could add only 30 more runs to their tally as their second innings folded up at 187.

In the second essay, Shivam Dubey played a valiant knock of 55, but his efforts went in vain. For Gujarat, pacers Chintan Gaja (4-57) and Roosh Kalaria (4-59) picked up four wickets each. With this emphatic win, Gujarat have topped Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ with 16 points from two wins from four games, while Mumbai are way below in the table and are still searching for their first win.

Bengal snatch  one-wicket win
At Chennai, Bengal snatched an exciting one wicket win against Tamil Nadu to earn six points in a Group ‘B’ match at the MA Chidambaram stadium.  Requiring 216 for victory, the visitors scraped home in a tense finish as Tamil Nadu spinner Rahil Shah came up with another five-wicket haul to keep the team in the hunt. Praditpa Pramanik was the hero for Bengal with a knock of 25 runs (97 balls) as he batted with determination under pressure to guide the team home.

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