Mumbai fade away in pace

Maha pacers wrap up hosts for a meagre 129 on a day which saw 14 wickets fall

Mumbai: Maharashtra fought their way back in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Mumbai in brilliant fashion by bundling out the defending champions for a meagre 129 in second innings on a dramatic third day of the five-day match.
Maharashtra were all out for 280 in their first innings in reply to Mumbai’s 402, thereby conceding a lead of 122 runs, but the visiting bowlers brought their side back into the game by dismissing the hosts for just 129 on a day which saw 14 wickets fall.

Mumbai fade away in pace

Mumbai were in even worse situation as they were reduced to 29 for 5 at one stage before some rear-guard lower order batting took the score past 100-mark.Maharashtra medium pace trio of Samad Fallah (3/45), Anupam Sanklecha (4/57) and Shrikant Mundhe (3/26) captured all 10 Mumbai second innings wickets with a fine exhibition of seam bowling on a Wankhede track that offered ample bounce and pace.

This set Maharashtra a winning target of 252 and at stumps, the visiting team were 28 for the loss of Chirag Khurana’s wicket. They need 224 more runs today to reach the target and dethrone the 40-time champions, but it will not be easy on the pitch that’s still lively for pace bowlers.

Maharashtra lost three wickets for 16 runs after Mumbai opted for the second new ball to be all out 34 minutes before lunch, after resuming the day at overnight 219 for 7.Maharashtra then sliced through Mumbai top-order to leave them at a precarious 29 for 5 in just 10 overs.

Fallah and Sanklecha had the top five batsmen Kaustubh Pawar (5), Wasim Jaffer (0), Aditya Tare (16), Vinit Indulkar (4), who made 82 in the first innings, and Abhishek Nayar (0) caught by slip fielders or by keeper and captain Rohit Motwani. Indulkar and Nayar were dismissed by Sanklecha in successive balls.

Mumbai, who were 101 for 4 in the first innings before recovering, were once again pulled out of the deep hole by first innings centurion Suryakumar Yadav (33) – who prevented Sanklecha from completing a hat trick — and Iqbal Abdulla (27).

The sixth wicket duo put on 48 runs in 61 balls before Mundhe got his first wicket when he broke the stand by having Abdulla caught by Sangram Atitkar at third slip. Yadav, who made 120 in the first knock, was then declared leg before off the same bowler and Mumbai were reduced to 88 for 7 and looked in danger of being packed off for less than 100. Shardul Thakur (33) stayed put at one end before he was the last man out to help add 41 more runs to the total which could be crucial in the final analysis.

Mundhe bowled unchanged on either side of tea for 10 overs to pick up his three wickets.In 37 minutes batting till stumps, Maharashtra lost Khurana, who opened instead of captain Motwani, for 17 off the last over bowled by Zaheer Khan when he edged to the slip cordon.

Regular opener Harshad Khadiwale remained unbeaten on six.In the morning, Maharashtra tail-enders frustrated the Mumbai bowlers for the major part of the first session after they started 183 runs behind the home team. Mundhe, unbeaten on 14 last evening, struck a wayward Thakur – who had bowled so well with fire on Day two – for three fours early on and that forced Mumbai captain Zaheer Khan to bring in Abdulla to bowl his first over in the match when the ball was 63 overs old.

But, Abdulla and the other left-arm spinner Dabholkar failed to make any inroads and Mumbai summoned the new ball immediately after it was due when Maharashtra were 264 for 7 and it paid dividends. Mundhe (38) fell to the first ball from Thakur, who completed his maiden five-wicket haul in his 11th first class game, after having put on 73 runs for the eighth wicket with Akshay Darekar (36).     Javed Khan packed off Sanklecha and then Thakur added one more wicket to his tally by dismissing Darekar through a catch at the wicket to end the innings and finish with excellent, career-best figures of 6 for 86.

Shukla leads Bengal’s recovery against Rlys

Kolkata: Skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s valiant unbeaten half-century helped Bengal stage a remarkable fight-back against Railways in their controversy-marred Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Eden Gardens on Friday.Shukla found a perfect ally in cool-headed reserve Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha, who played a patient unbeaten knock of 31 from 105 balls (3×4) for the undefeated 93-run stand for the fifth wicket with the skipper as Bengal led by 136 runs with six wickets in hand on the third day.

Only 76.3 overs were possible in the day, including 51 in Bengal’s second innings, something that sums up the time lost in the middle with Kartik engaging in a mind game and apparent sledging.Mercurial pacer Ashoke Dinda dismissed Arindam Ghosh for 97 (13×4) en route his 6/105 to give hosts a slender three-run lead.

But Bengal’s joy was shortlived as in no time their scorecard read 40/4 in 21.5 overs with Anureet Singh scalping Abhimanyu Easwaran (0), Subhomoy Das (19) and Sudip Chatterjee (8).

Mumbai (1st inn): 402

Maha (1st inn)
H Khadiwala c Indulkar b Thakur…..4
R Motwani lbw Thakur………………..0
V Zol lbw Zaheer………………………15
K Jadhav c Tare b Dabholkar……….51
A Bawne c Tare b Thakur……………84
B Atitkar c Indulkar b Thakur………..8
C Khurana c Pawar b Javed Khan..21
S Mundhe c Tare b Thakur………….38
A Darekar c Tare b Thakur…………..16
A Sanklecha c Dabholkar b Javed….7
S Fallah   not out………………………..0
Extras: (b-8, lb-2, nb-2, w-3)……15
Total: All out…………………………280
FOW: 1-1, 2-18, 3-24, 4-139, 5-161, 6-170, 7-191, 8-264 9-280
Bowling: Zaheer 17-5-51-1, Thakur 19.3-0-86-6, Javed 14-1-49-2, Nayar 8-1-20-0, Dabholkar 17-6-58-1, Abdulla 9-5-6-0.

Mumbai (2ND INN)
K Pawar c Atitkar b Fallah …………05
W Jaffer c Khurana b Sanklecha….00
A Tare c Khurana b Fallah…………. 16
V Indulkar c Motwani b Sanklecha.04 A Nayar c Khurana b Sanklecha ….00
S Yadav lbw Mundhe…………………33
I Abdullah c Atitkar b Mundhe……27
S Thakur c Motwani b Fallah ……..33
Z Khan lbw Mundhe…………………04
J Khan b Sanklecha…………………..06
V Dabholkar …not out ………………00
Extras: (lb 1) 01
Total: (all out in 38.1 overs) 129
FOW: 1-0, 2-10, 3-25, 4-25, 5-29, 6-77, 7-88, 8-100, 9-115.
Bowling: Fallah 14.1-3-45-3; Sanklecha  14-3-57-4; Mundhe 10-1-26-3.

MAHA (2ND INN)
H Khadiwawle batting …………….06
C Khurana c Jaffer b Zaheer Khan 17
Extras: (lb 4, nb 1) 05
Total: (for 1 wkt in 8.4 overs) 28
FOW: 1-28
Bowling: Zaheer Khan 4.4-2-5-1. Thakur 4-1-19-0.

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