File photo of veteran Mumbai batsman Wasim Jaffer. (PTI)
Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai needed just 22 minutes and 31 balls to wrap up a massive 338-run victory over minnows Vidarbha and log six points to shoot to the top of the Ranji Trophy Group A table at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
Chasing an imposing target of 530 and staring defeat in the face last evening at 177 for 8, Vidarbha collapsed for 191 by adding 14 runs while losing their last two wickets to medium pacer Shardul Thakur, who ended up with innings figures of 4 for 48 on the fourth and final day of the lop-sided clash.
Thakur, who grabbed 3 for 40 in the first innings, polished off the Vidarbha innings in a morning spell of 2.4-0-2-2 for impressive match figures of 7 for 88.
The Vidarbha batsmen who were dismissed by Thakur today were Akshay Wakhre, who was caught behind for 5 and last man Sandeep Singh, who was beaten and bowled for a duck to leave Shrikant Wagh stranded without partners on 41 off 52 balls.
Mumbai took their overall points tally to 19 from 4 games, three more than second-placed Punjab and five ahead of third-placed Gujarat, who have also played four games each. The 40-time champions next face another weak team, Jharkhand, at home from December 6-9.
Brief scores: Mumbai 261 and 381 for 4 decl beat Vidarbha 113 and 191 (S Shrivastava 69, S Wagh not out 41; S Thakur 4 for 48, V Dabholkar 2 for 33) by 338 runs.
Gujarat earn three points, Jharkhand settle for one
In Jamshedpur, Gujarat earned three vital points on the basis of their first innings lead against Jharkhand, even as their match ended in a tame draw. Jharkhand had to be satisfied with just one point.
Earlier, Gujarat had scored 352 for nine declared in reply to Jharkhand's first innings total of 289, thereby taking a 63-run lead.
Jharkhand, in their second innings, managed 166 for seven till the stumps were drawn today at Keenan stadium here.
Resuming at 28 for no loss, Jharkhand suffered a setback in the very first over of the day, losing overnight batsman and opener Rameez Nemat in the fifth delivery.
Nemat, who scored a brilliant 78 in the first innings, fell prey to medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the second time in the match. Jharkhand wickets kept tumbling in quick secession with scorecard reading 76 for seven at one stage. They lost three wickets in the form of Ishank Jaggi, Pappu Singh and skipper Shahbaz Nadeem for a duck. But Bhavin Thakkar, who was retired hurt at two yesterday, took to the crease and partnered in-form middle-order southpaw Saurabh Tiwary, who stepped in at the fall of Nadeem.
Thakkar and Tiwary joined hands to consolidate the innings. Both scored unbeaten fifty and also shared an unbroken 90-run stand for the eighth wicket.
For Gujarat, Bumrah was the pick of the wickets with figures of three for 27, while Akshar Patel (2 for 50) and Rakesh Dhurv (2 for 21) shared two wickets each.
Brief scores: Jharkhand: 289 & 166 for seven in 98 overs (Bhavin Thakkar not out 50, Saurabh Tiwary not out 50; Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 27). Gujarat 1st innings: 352 all out.