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Thatscricket - News - Sharandeep spins Punjab to victory over Mumbai

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2001, 23:00 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Sharandeep Singh, with six for 38, on Saturday spun depleted holders Mumbai to a huge defeat of 207 runs soon after lunch on the fifth and the final day of the Ranji trophy quarter-finals at Wankhede Stadium.Mumbai chasing a target of 422 on Saturday collapsed from 110 for one to paltry total of 213 losing nine wickets off 30.1 overs and 113 runs to make an inglorious exit.Punjab now meets winners of Railways-Karnataka match in the semi-finals.The home team sorely missed Sachin Tendulkar, Sairaj Bahutule, Sameer Dighe, Nilesh Kulkarni and Ajit Agarkar and proved that the city now has no second string talent which it had in abundance when Sudhir Naik led Mumbai to title victory in the 1980-81 without top stars.Mumbai had conceded 98 runs lead and later bowled out Punjab for 322 needing 421 to win. They had finished the day with good signs notching up 85 runs for one wicket. But soon on Saturday at the fall of Wasim Jaffer's wicket for 51 none, except Jatin Paranjpe who top scored with 59, showed the quality to stay and score at the fast clip of four runs per over. The later batsman, including Vinod Kambli, on whose ability rested the team's fortunes, went for reckless shots against a highly accurate off spin of Sharandeep Singh and paid the penalty. Kambli went for zero and so did captain Amol Muzumdar. Jaffer hit seven fours before snicking Vaneet Sharma behind and Paranjpe, who probably would have not played if regulars were available, followed up his 68 with another dashing knock inclusive of seven fours in 148 minutes. Sharandeep who kept varying his art with floaters, armers and curling spin claimed him.UNI

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