Mumbai: Hosts Mumbai recovered from a precarious position to notch up a thrilling one-wicket victory over Saurashtra with two balls to spare and book their berth in the knock-out rounds of the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.
Shoaib Sheikh, who came in when Mumbai were tottering at 41 for 4 chasing 252, batted patiently to make 83 in 105 balls with three fours and a six before departing when his side needed 21 runs to win the West Zone clash.
He was well supported by Anup Revandkar (45 in 66 balls with 6 fours), with whom he put on 73 runs for the fifth wicket, before tail-enders - captain Ajit Agarkar (28), Iqbal Abdulla (29 not out) and Dhawal Kulkarni (15) - guided the home team past the finish line in engrossing fashion.
Chasing Saurashtra's 251 for 6, Mumbai were struggling at 114 for 5 in the 30th over at the fall of Revandkar's wicket but Sheikh rallied the lower order to help Mumbai notch their third successive win in the five-team round robin.
Mumbai have one more game in hand, against Maharashtra on Sunday, but have already made their spot secure even if they lose the tie. Maharashtra, with two wins in as many ties, need to win the game to join Mumbai in the knockouts.
Saurashtra too recovered from 116 for 6 to post a healthy total, thanks to the unbroken seventh wicket stand of 135 runs between Chirag Jani (79 in 71 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes) and Kamlesh Makvana (54 in 67 balls with 6 fours).
The duo's late-order hitting, that included under 19 player Jani's successive sixes off Agarkar in the 49th over, piloted Saurashtra to a competitive total. Saurashtra added 91 runs in the last ten overs.
Scores: Saurashtra 251 for 6 (Sagar Jogiyani 67, Chirag Jani not out 79, Kamlesh Makvana not out 54; K Waingankar 3 for 21) lost to Mumbai 252 for 9 (Anup Revandkar 45, Shoaib Sheikh 83, Ajit Agarkar 28, Iqbal Abdulla not out 29; S Maniar 3 for 34, K Makvana 2 for 52).
Gujarat defeat Baroda by two runs
Gujarat defeated Baroda by two runs in a low scoring thriller to register their first win in the west zone round for the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Saturday.
Invited to bat first at the Mumbai Cricket Association's BKC stadium, Gujarat could manage only 196-9 in their 50 overs with skipper Niraj Patel top-scoring with 56 (77b, 4x7) and Mehul Patel (29 not out) and Amit Singh (21) chipping in with useful scores. M Vahora (2-34) and A Karambelkar (2-41) shone with the ball for Baroda.
In reply, Baroda, who were cruising at 108-2 in the 24th over, were bowled out for 194 in the last over. Baroda had a good start with openers K Devdhar (33) and A Waghmode (27) adding 66 runs in 13.3 overs for the first wicket.
After their quick dismissals, one-down Ambati Rayudu (20) and veteran Rakesh Solanki (52) took the score to 108 before Rayudu was dismissed by offie Mohnish Parmar. His dismissal triggered a collapse as Baroda lost quick wickets, including that of India discard Yusuf Pathan (3) and slumped to 132-6.
However, Solanki, who faced 88 balls and hit five fours, held fort at one end and in the company of Swapnil Singh (25) added 40 runs for the seventh wicket before being dismissed, leaving Baroda needing 23 runs in 39 balls.
Gujarat, however, picked up a wicket each in the 48th, 49th, and the final over to dash Baroda's hopes. The trio of Parmar (2-33), Akshar Patel (2-31), and Mehul Patel (2-34) did most of the damage by not only slowing down the rate of scoring rate but also chipping in with regular wickets.
Gujarat have opened their account with four points after three matches following this win, while Baroda have lost both their matches.
Brief scores: Gujarat 196-9 in 50 overs (Niraj Patel 56, Mehul Patel 29, Amit Singh 21; M Vahora 2-34, A Karambelkar 2-41) defeat Baroda 194 all out in 49.1 overs (Rakesh Solanki 53, K Devdhar 33, A Waghmode 27; M Parmar 2-33, Akshar Patel 2-31, and Mehul Patel 2-34).