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Mumbai wrap up match, enter Ranji final

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Mumbai showed the stuff that champions are made of, ending the fourth and penultimate day at 104 for one in their second innings, needing a further 63 runs on the last day to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy, in their semifinal match against Tamil Nadu being played at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.

Little master Sachin Tendulkar single-handedly took Mumbai past Tamil Nadu's first innings score, with a career-best first class knock of 233 not out.

Mumbai dismissed Tamil Nadu for 171 runs in the second innings, thus needing 167 runs for an outright victory.

Mumbai started the day still not sure of gaining the first innings lead which seemed crucial then.

In the very second over, Abey Kuruvilla was run out as Sachin played the ball to long-on and tried for two runs to keep the strike. However, Madanagopal from long-on hit the stumps directly to find Kuruvilla struggling to make his ground. Mumbai were at that stage 472 for nine, with 14 more runs needed to take the lead.

Undeterred, Tendulkar moved into top gear, hitting Mahesh in the same over for a massive six over long-off.

The next over, Saxena survived by the skin of his teeth, surviving two close leg-before appeals. In the next over, with Robin Singh bringing up the field to save the single, Sachin watchfully played the first two balls, before sending the third ball into the ropes at deep mid-on to give Mumbai the all-important lead.

Tamil Nadu's morale seemed to dip, and it seemed a different side. In a dismal second innings, they just caved in to be all out for a meagre 171 runs.

UNI

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