Vijay Hazare Trophy, Group E: Jaiswal, Mulani excel as Mumbai beats Puducherry

Shams Mulani picked up three wickets and Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 73 runs as Mumbai beat Puducherry by nine wickets. In the other contest in Group E, Bengal beat Services by 47 runs.

FILE: Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 73 off 77 deliveries as Mumbai, needing 140 to win, cruised home in the 25th over.

FILE: Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 73 off 77 deliveries as Mumbai, needing 140 to win, cruised home in the 25th over. | Photo Credit: SUDHAKARA JAIN

Shams Mulani picked up three wickets and Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 73 runs as Mumbai beat Puducherry by nine wickets. In the other contest in Group E, Bengal beat Services by 47 runs.

After two losses early in the tournament, Mumbai got its Vijay Hazare Trophy (Group E) campaign back on track on Monday with a convincing nine-wicket win over Puducherry in Ranchi.

Electing to field, Mumbai bowlers justified their captain’s decision as they chipped in together to bundle out Pondicherry for 139. Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani scalped three wickets while Tushar Deshpande and Mohit Avasthi scalped two each.

For Pondicherry, none of the batters barring Ankit Sharma even got to reasonable starts. Ankit made a valiant unbeaten 79 off just 84 balls (8x4, 3x6), scoring more than 50 per cent of the runs his team made.

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Chasing a small total, Mumbai cruised home in the 25th over with Yashasvi Jaiswal making an unbeaten 73 (77b, 7x4, 2x6). Jaiswal and Prithvi Shaw (39) got the team off to a flying start with an 80-run stand for the opening wicket. Then Armaan Jaffer and Jaiswal saw off the chase to help Mumbai get its third win of the season after five matches.

High-scoring encounter

In the other match in Group E, Bengal prevailed over Services by 47 runs in a high-scoring encounter.

Asked to bat first, Bengal posted a mammoth 426 for 4 thanks to centuries from openers Sudip Kumar Gharami (162, 129b, 15x4, 7x6) and skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (122, 123b, 9x4, 1x6). The duo had a 298-run opening wicket stand before Shahbaz Ahmed chipped in with a quickfire 59 (28b, 4x4, 5x6).

Chasing a huge target, Services did not go down without a fight as the team, for the most of the chase, kept scoring at nearly eight runs per over. But unlike Bengal, none of the batters could go on to make a big hundred even though as many as five of them got half-centuries.

Arjun Sharma top scored with 75 (62b, 5x4, 3x6) while the likes of skipper Rajat Paliwal (65), Shubham Rohilla (57), Aanshul Gupta (51), and Devender Lohchab (58) chipped in with valuable contributions. But in the end, it wasn’t enough as Services finished on 379 for nine.

Scores in brief
Puducherry 139 (Sharma 79) in 38 overs lost to Mumbai 141 for 1 (Jaiswal 73 n.o.) in 24.2 overs
Bengal 426 for 4 in 50 overs (Gharami 162, Easwaran 122 n.o., Shahbaz 59) beat Services 379 for 9 (Rohilla 57, Gupta 51, Paliwal 65, Arjun 75, Lochab 58, Shahbaz 4 for 58, Pramanik 3 for 83)
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