Dharmasala: A well deserved century by A Mannu helped Himachal score 430 in their second innings as their four day Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A match against Mumbai ended in a draw at HPCA Stadium here on Thursday.
Defending champions Mumbai gained three points by virtue of first innings lead while hosts Himachal picked up a single point. Mumbai are now third on the point table behind Saurashtra and Delhi with 18 points from their six mathes. Himachal, with five points, are languishing at the bottom.
Resuming at their overnight score of 236/5, hosts put up a spirited performance as A Mannu (103) led the lower-order fightback. He was ably supported by Sarandeep Singh as the duo put up 91 for the seventh wicket. Abhishek Nayar castled Mannu. Mannu struck 15 boundaries and two sixes in his 217-ball knock.
Thakur and Malik added a useful 79 runs for the last wicket stand. The two tailenders frustuated the Mumbai bowlers for long periods before Malik was caught out off the bowling of S Kukreja, just two runs short of a well deserved century.
Mumbai, needing an improbable 275 to win, were 65/1 at drwan of stumps with opener Kukreja top edging Malik to Dogra stationed at point.
A Rahane and V Indulkar then played out the remaining overs.
Mumbai 370 and 65/1 drew with Himachal 214 and 430( Mannu 103, Manish Gupta 53, P Dogra 51, Malik 48, Thakur 46; Abhishek Nayar 3 for 79, Hussain 2 for 93, Ismail Abdullah 2 for 82).
Wet ground conditions ruin K'taka-Delhi tie: Wet underfoot conditions ruled out the final day's play of the Ranji Super League Group-A tie between Karnataka and Delhi at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Thursday. The umpires inspected the damp conditions six times, the covers came on and off repeatedly but the weather, which was predominantly wet with scanty dry patches, remained unsuitable for play. The teams got a point apiece.
Delhi Ist innings 538 all out drew with Karnataka 0/0.