Railways halts Mumbai’s winning streak

After being put in to bat by Rahane on an overcast morning, in-form openers Mrunal Devdhar (43 off 20b, 2x4, 5x6) and Pratham Singh (89 off 60, 9x4, 3x6) set the foundation for a formidable total.

The Mumbai chase started on a disastrous note, with opener Prithvi Shaw missing a cut off left-arm spinner Ashish Yadav in the opening over.   -  FILE PHOTO/SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

Mumbai’s fairytale campaign in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group C suffered a setback on Wednesday, with Railways stunning Ajinkya Rahane’s side at the Emerald Heights International School ground.

While it turned out to be a morning of missed opportunities for Mumbai, Railways dominated the battle between unbeaten teams to virtually assure itself of a place in the next week’s Super League. The 57-run pounding puts Mumbai in a must-win position against Saurashtra in its last league game on Friday to ensure a sage passage into the Super League.

After being put in to bat by Rahane on an overcast morning, in-form openers Mrunal Devdhar (43 off 20b, 2x4, 5x6) and Pratham Singh (89 off 60, 9x4, 3x6) set the foundation for a formidable total. Devdhar used the pace of all the three Mumbai pacers to clear shortish boundaries, especially on the leg-side, with elan. Even though he was castled while trying to play the scoop two balls before the end of the Powerplay, his cameo had helped Railways race to 65 for one in the first six overs.

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Pratham then took over and the lanky left-hander played effortlessly, flicking and driving the ball through on-side with ease.

Pratham was fortunate as Shardul Thakur misjudged a catch running in from deep-square of what turned out to be a no-ball, but Pratham continued to build the tempo in the latter half.

Had it not been for left-arm spinner Shams Mulani’s three tight overs in the middle, conceding just 12 singles, and the last three overs yielding just 25 runs, Mumbai would have found it difficult to restrict Railways to 175 for five.

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The Mumbai chase started on a disastrous note, with opener Prithvi Shaw missing a cut off left-arm spinner Ashish Yadav in the opening over. Once the star-studded side was reduced to 33 for four in the Powerplay, with captain Rahane (poking Krishnakant Upadhyay outside off), in-form Shreyas Iyer (edging an attempted drive into the slips off Amit Mishra) and Siddhesh Lad (caught in covers off Upadhyay), the fate of the game was all but decided.

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Once Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 33, 5x4) was trapped in front of the wickets by Yadav in the 12th over to leave the team reeling at 82 for six, the lower order had too much on its platter. The Railways eventually folded up Mumbai’s innings in the penultimate over for 118 and burst into celebration.

Brief scores: Railways 175 for five in 20 overs (Mrunal Devdhar 43, Pratham Singh 89; Tushar Deshpande three for 44) beat Mumbai 118 all out in 18.1 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 38; Ashish Yadav four for 32, Krishnakant Upadhyay two for 27, Harsh Tyagi two for 14).

Points: Railways 4 (16 in 4); Mumbai 0 (16 in 5).

Other results

Goa 196 for three in 20 overs (Amit Verma 109 n.o., Keenan Vaz 32, Suyash Prabhudesai 46 n.o.; Ishwar Pandey two for 26) lost to Madhya Pradesh 197 for six in 19.4 overs (Naman Ojha 36, Partha Sahani 68, Rishabh Chouhan 28; Felix Alemao two for 25, Darshan Misal two for 42).

Points: Goa 0 (4 from 4); MP 4 (8 from 5).

Sikkim 90 for eight in 20 overs (Milind Kumar 37; Baltej Singh two for 13, Krishan Alang two for 17) lost to Punjab 95 for one in 10.5 overs (Shubman Gill 70 n.o.).

Points: Sikkim 0 (0 in 4); Punjab 4 (4 in 4).