Mumbai win by eight wickets against Gujarat

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006, 18:23 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Mumbai registered a comfortable win over Gujarat by reaching the victory target of 214 runs for the loss of just two wickets in the Elite Group 'A' match of Ranji tie being played at the Sardar Patel stadium here.

Bolstered by an unbeaten 72 runs by Vinit Indulkar and a classic 64 by Sushant Marathe, Mumbai-batsmen did not allow Gujarat to make any impression during the final day's play.

Earlier, in the day Gujarat which began on the overnight score of 190 for 8 folded up on 220 in the second innings, setting Mumbai a target of 214 to win.

Sushant Marathe sent in to open the innings along with Sahil Kukreja began on a confident note, both effectively countered Gujarat's new-ball attack and gave Mumbai a good start.

Gujarat's cause was not helped with Parthiv flooring a difficult nick by Marathe off Siddharth Trivedi in the 11th over.

However, Gujarat got the first breakthrough when Kukreja (26) was snapped up by Ashraf Makada just two overs before lunch. Mumbai went into lunch at 54 for 1 in 23 overs.

In the post-lunch session, both Marathe and the new batsman Vinit Indulkar played an array of postive strokes which helped their team cruise towards the victory target.

Marathe played a straight-drive to a Trivedi delivery to score a boundary and bring up his 50 in the 38th over. His 50 came in 122 balls and 161 minutes.

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