Left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar shone with a four-wicket haul as Mumbai demolished Punjab by 180 runs to register their second successive win in the Ranji Trophy on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Chandigarh: Left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar shone with a four-wicket haul as Mumbai demolished Punjab by 184 runs to register their second successive win in the Ranji Trophy on Sunday.
After setting a target of 399 for Punjab, Mumbai dismissed the hosts for 214 to pocket six points for an outright win and top the table in Group A.
Dabholkar sent back most of the Mumbai middle-order in a fine performance during which he bowled 25 overs conceding 87 runs in all. Overnight 108 for four, Punjab were relying on India allrounder Yuvraj Singh to steer the innings but he could not convert his solid start into a big knock.
The left-hander departed after top-scoring for his team with a 94-ball 40, which included three fours. He was the lone scalp that pacer Javed Khan managed.
Mumbai bowlers kept it economical with another left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla picking up three wickets. Senior pacer Zaheer Khan grabbed 2 for 27 in his 13 overs.
Punjab's number 11 Rajwinder Singh produced an entertaining 29-run cameo that came off 17 deliveries, delaying the inevitable. But Abdulla brought an end to his knock to draw the curtains on Punjab's innings after 68.3 overs. Punjab are now third in the group standings with seven points.
Brief scores: Mumbai: 282 and 271 Punjab: 155 and 214 in 68.3 overs (Yuvraj Singh 40, Rajwinder Singh 29, Vishal Dabholkar 4 for 87, Iqbal Abdulla 3 for 37)
Delhi manage a single point as Sehwag, Gambhir flop again
At Surat, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's wretched form in domestic cricket continued as Delhi could only manage a solitary point against Gujarat despite a lion-hearted effort from their bowlers on the final day of their group A Ranji Trophy game.
Chasing a victory target of 257 in maximum 47 overs, Sehwag (15) and Gambhir (44) couldn't make a match of it as play was called off after Delhi crawled to 100 for 3 in 32 overs. Gujarat had scored 320 in the first innings and then managed to bowl out Delhi for 295 thereby ensuring three points by virtue of 25-run first innings lead.
Starting the day at 89 for 4, Gujarat were all out for 231 in their second innings but more importantly played 77.4 overs which also reduced Delhi's chances of making a match of it.
The tail wagged for Gujarat as their spin trio of Akshar Patel (29), Jesal Karia (32) and Rakesh Dhurv (25) played close to 27 overs between themselves to clinch three points for the hosts.
It was a stiff target and once Sehwag came in at No 3, he announced his arrival with a boundary but another irresponsible shot brought about his downfall. Trying to hit left-arm spinner Akshar out of the park, the India discard missed the flight and was stumped by Parthiv Patel.
Delhi skipper Gambhir found it difficult to get going on a track that offered turn as painstaking 83-ball 44 included four boundaries and was adjudged leg before by padding up a straighter one from Dhurv. Once Gambhir was gone, it was just formality and two captains called off the match at start of mandatory over.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 320 & 231 in 77.4 overs (Parthiv Patel 56, Jesal Karia 32, Vikas Mishra 4/83); Delhi 295 & (target 257) 100/3 (Gautam Gambhir 44, Virender Sehwag 15). Points: Gujarat 3; Delhi 1
Jharkhand bat well on final day, match ends in draw
At Mysore, Karnataka walked away with three points courtesy their first innings lead against Jharkhand in a Group A Ranji Trophy match, which ended in a tame draw on the fourth day.
Only a batting collapse could have made a contest on the final day but Jharkhand batsmen batted sensibly. They lost five wickets before scoring 215 runs and declaring their second innings.
Opener Bhavik Thaker (63), Saurabh Tiwary (41) and Ishank Jaggi (56), batted with dogged determination for their side. At lunch-time, Karnataka had scalped three wickets and Jharkhand had scored 115 runs.
Jharkhand lost only a wicket in the second session and the umpires called off the match after consulting both captains after Satish Ganesh caught Jaggi off his own bowling.
Earlier, resuming at 4 for no loss in their second innings, Jharkhand top-order batsmen had a torrid time out in the middle as Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun, used morning condition and moisture on the surface.
Vinay and Mithun gave Karnataka a rollicking start by getting rid of opener Akash Verma (10) and Sunny Gupta (6), leaving Jharkhand reeling at 30 for 2. Tiwary (41) and Thaker stitched a 60-run stand for third wicket but left-arm spinner KP Apanna got rid of the former.
If the opening session belonged to Karnataka, who sent back three top-order Jharkhand batsmen back to the hut, the post-lunch session undoubtedly belonged to Jharkhand as they added 78 runs by losing just one wicket.
Along with Jaggi, Thaker put on yet another useful 49-run partnership for fourth wicket as Jharkhand reached 193 for 4 at tea, leading Karnataka by 133 runs.
Thaker left the scene on 63, which came off 162 balls with eight hits to the fence. He was cleaned up by first-innings star bowler Sreenath Arvind. After exit of Thaker, Jaggi added 46 runs for the unconquered fifth wicket with Shiv Gautam (16).
Wagh's five-for helps Vidarbha beat Haryana
At Nagpur, a sensational bowling performance by pacer Shrikant Wagh (5 for 30) helped Vidarbha register an eight-wicket win over Haryana in their Ranji Trophy group A match.
Vidarbha bowlers, led by left-arm pacer Wagh, bowled out Haryana for a paltry 102 in their second innings giving their batsmen just 145 runs to chase on the final day.
An unbeaten half-century by Faiz Fazal (50) and skipper Shalabh Shrivastava (27 not out) guided the hosts to a comfortable victory at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Resuming on 29 for 2, Haryana batsman Harshal Patel (6) was dismissed by Wagh in the first over of the day without adding any runs to his overnight score of six. Sunny Singh (19) too was bowled by the 25-year-old pacer to peg the visitors at 41 for 4.
Wagh was ably supported by offspinners Akshay Wakhare (3 for 33) and Sumit Ruikar (2 for 12) as regular strikes by the trio scuttled the Haryana batting in 46.5 overs.
For Haryana, who had a 42-run first innings lead, Avi Barot (24) was the highest run scorer followed by Singh. Chasing a modest target, Vidarbha lost wickets of Amol Ubarhande (21) and Wagh (31) before opening their season account with full six points.
Fazal's fifty came off 97 balls including six fours while Shrivastava hit five boundaries in his 29-ball knock.
Brief Scores: Haryana 329 & 102 all out (Avi Barot 24, Sunny Singh 19; Shrikant Wagh 5/30); Vidarbha: 287 & 145 for two (Faiz Fazal 50, Shrikant Wagh 31; Mohit Sharma 1/26)