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|Bahutule spins Mumbai to finals|
Tuesday, March 16 2004 18:09 Hrs (IST)
Captain Sairaj Bahutule again bowled a deadly spell claiming six Hyderabad wickets for just 53 runs to bundle out visitors for a paltry 158 runs in their second innings.
Bahutule, who had a match figure of 10 for 95, took 34 wickets this season with only final match to go.
It was young Ambati Rayudu, who again stood tall among ruins scoring a well-made 53 before being stumped by Vinayak Samant off Bahutule.
Only Anirudh Singh, with a quickfire 42 of 51 balls, gave support to Rayudu while other Hyderabad batsmen just threw their wickets.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 389 for the loss of three wickets, Mumbai batsmen made light work of Hyderabadi bowlers and gained a huge first innings lead of 310 runs.
Only a tidy bowling by skipper Venkatapathy Raju prevented Mumbai from scoring 500 runs as the hosts were all-out for 476 runs.
Overnight not out batsmen Amol Muzumdar and Bhavin Thakkar, Mumbai looked in no hurry and played patiently. However, it was Raju who gave Hyderabad a breakthrough by getting both the wickets.
First, Raju made Amol mistime a shot and give a simple catch to Anirudh Singh at short cover when the former had just added nine runs to his overnight score of 49.
Then he trapped Thakkar leg before and also took the wicket of Manoj Joglekar, who added 47 runs for the sixth wicket with his captain Bahutule, getting him caught by Anirudh at forward short-leg.
After Bahutule was given leg before off Shivaji Yadav for 23, no other Mumbai batsman could last long and the entire team was all out for 476.
Raju was the wrecker-in-chief claiming six wickets while Shivaji Yadav claimed four wickets for 162 runs.
Mumbai will meet the winners of second semi-final match between Tamil Nadu and Railways currently under progress at Chennai.
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