Saurashtra enters semis~~ at expense of Mumbai

Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Left-arm seamer Sandeep Jobanputra took a fiver to bowl out Mumbai for 463 and help Saurashtra take three points by virtue of first innings lead to ensure a place in the semi-final at the expense of the defending champions on the fourth and final day of the Ranji Trophy Super League Group-A tie at the Wankhede stadium here on Friday.

Saurashtra, who had made 484 in their first innings, dimissed Mumbai for 463 to make it to the semifinal for the first time in their history.

Saurashtra, as Group-A runners-up, will now play Uttar Pradesh in Baroda next week, while Delhi will take on Baroda in Indore in the other semi-finals.

Once the news came in that Delhi had also made to the last four, shutting out Mumbai in the process, this match lost any significance and the captains had no hesitation in calling it off before the mandatory overs.

Earlier resuming at 187/2, Mumbai's captain Amol Muzumdar celebrated his 100th Ranji game with an untypical aggressive 187 and along with Ajinkya Rahane compiled 149, putting on 290 runs for the third wicket to raise visions of the defending champions atleast salvaging some pride by taking the first innings lead.

Muzumdar, who yesterday said he wanted to go out and enjoy the last day, played a refreshingly positive innings with shots around the ground. He was trapped plumb infront by Manier. After his departure Mumbai slumped from 379/4 to 463 all out.

Rohit Sharma, who was shaping up well, survived a confident appeal for caught-behind off Sandeep Jobanputra before playing a casual shot to the covers. He was holed to Pujara off Jobanputra. Ramesh Powar attempted an atrocious pull off his first ball and Vinayak Samant fell in a similar manner. When Abhishek Nayar (41) fell edging a cut and Mundeep Mangela top-edged a pull to Jaydev Shah, Mumbai had folded up and denied themselves some consolation points as they left the tournament.

Jobanputra turned in a tidy spell in the late afternoon to pick up a deserving five as Mumbai's woes against left-arm seamers continued. He got the ball to straighten off a length and sent down a few short ones as Mumbai's batsmen committed hara-kiri.

Brief Scores:

Saurashtra Ist innings 484 drew with Mumbai Ist innings 463 all out (Muzumdar 187, Ajinkya Rahane 149, Rohit Sharma 41, Abhishek Nayar 41; Sandeep Jobanputra 5 for 116, Manier 2 for 100).


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