Mumbai: Former champions Mumbai, out of running for a place in the knock out rounds, finally found some form when they shot out minnows Chhattisgarh for a measly first innings score in their last Group A game at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday.
Pace bowlers Shardul Thakur (4 for 32) and Tushar Deshpande (5 for 46) got on top of the rival batsmen soon after Mumbai inserted Chhattisgarh in and terminated the visitors’ first innings at 129 in just 42.1 overs on day one of the four-day match.
In reply, Mumbai made 118 for three with recalled former captain Suryakumar Yadav unbeaten on 31. New opener Vikrant Auti made 43.
In another Group A game, Baroda skittled out Karnataka for a cheap total of 112, made 223 to take a handy first innings lead of 111 and then had the visitors again in a spot of bother at 13 for 2. Opting to bat first, Karnataka were in deep trouble at 31 for 5 before the innings was revived by a stand of 54 between captain Manish Pandey (43) and B R Sharath (30). Veteran Yusuf Pathan made an unbeaten 36 and also added 36 vital runs with Tai (23).
In another important match in the same group at Rajkot, hosts Saurashtra ended the opening day at 218 for five against reigning champions Vidarbha. In an inconsequential Group A match, Maharashtra were dismissed for a paltry 70 by hosts Railways who took the first innings lead by making 180 for 8.
Chhattisgarh 129 (Ashutosh Singh 30, Amandeep Khare 48; Shardul Thakur 4-32, Tushar Deshpande 5-46) against Mumbai 118 for 3 (Vikrant Auti 43, Suryakumar Yadav 31). Karnataka 112 (Manish Pandey 43, B K Sharath 30; L Meriwala 3-22, B Bhatt 3-27) and 13 for 2) against Baroda 223
(Vishnu Solanki 69, Deepak Hooda 52, Yusuf Pathan 36 not out; S Hegde 4 for 74, S Gopal 4 for 47). Saurashtra 218-5 (Harvik Desai 74, Sheldon Jackson 65, Arpit Vasavada 36 not out) against Vidarbha. Maharashtra 70 (Avinash Yadav 4-38, Ashish Yadav 2-11, Harsh Tyagi 2-2) against Railways 180-8 (Mahesh Rawat 46; Satyajeet Bacchav 7 for 70).