Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai beats Goa by four wickets

This is Mumbai's fourth win in five matches.

Suryakumar Yadav, who top-scored with 71 in Mumbai's four-wicket win over Goa in the Vijay Hazare trophy on Monday, walks back to the pavilion after dismissed.   -  Special Arrangement

Suryakumar Yadav (71, 85b, 6x4, 2x6), Aditya Tare (59, 58b, 8x4), and Prithvi Shaw (53, 52b, 6x4, 1x6) helped Mumbai chase 267 and post a four-wicket win over Goa in the Group-C match of the Vijay Hazare trophy at the SSN College ground here on Monday. This is Mumbai's fourth win in five matches. It will take on table-topper Andhra in its last group match on Wednesday.

While chasing, Mumbai didn't ever seem hard-pushed. After medium-pacer Lakshay A. Garg had Akhil Herwadkar caught behind, Prithvi Shaw and Jay Bista involved in a 64-run second wicket stand.

Shaw - as pointed out by experts who are associated with him - naturally tends to be aggressive, to top any ball that he faces. Shortly after he came in, he pulled Garg to deep midwicket for a six, and a ball later hit back-to-back fours, both off the backfoot. One was a drive through the covers, and the other was a square drive to sweeper.

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He set up for a flick in a blink - it was so eye-catching - off medium-pacer Vijesh Prabhudesai. It fetched a four at deep backward square leg. He was, however, dropped on 24 at silly mid-off by Swapnil Asnodkar off left-arm spinner Darshan Misal.

Bista, on the other hand, was not always in control, as some of his shots suggested. In one over by Misal, he edged for a four between the 'keeper and the slip, and slashed twice as the ball went close past the short third man for four on both occasions. He departed soon after as Vijesh had him, leg before wicket.

Then, Suryakumar Yadav and Shaw added 70 runs for the third wicket. Suryakumar hit a straight six on the front foot off Vijesh. He later hit a straight six again off left-arm spinner Amulya Pandrekar. He was also dropped, on 55 by Sagun Kamat at slip off Srinivas Fadte.

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After Shaw departed, going down the track to edge the ball to Misal at short third man off Fadte, Suryakumar and skipper Aditya Tare engaged in a 52-run fourth wicket partnership. Tare's sweep for four to deep midwicket off Fadte looked effortless. He also hit back-to-back fours off Garg - a pull to deep midwicket, and a slash that flew close past the point.

Earlier, Swapnil Asnodkar (56, 67b, 8x4) and Suyash S. Prabhudessai (56, 55b, 5x4, 1x6) helped Goa reach 266 for eight. Asnodkar added 61 runs for the second wicket with Sagun Kamat (28), and Prabhudessai added 85 for the fifth wicket with Snehal Kauthankar (48).

Left-arm spinner Dhrumil Matkar, who picked up three for 49, had Asnodkar caught at square leg by Royston Dias. Matkar also had Kauthankar caught at midwicket by Shubham Ranjane.

Brief scores

Goa 266 for 8 in 50 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 56, Snehal Kauthankar 48, Suyash S. Prabhudessai 56, Darshan Misal 34, Dhrumil Matkar 3 for 49) lost to Mumbai 267 for 6 in 46.3 overs (Jay Bista 44, Prithvi Shaw 53, Suryakumar Yadav 71, Aditya Tare 59, Lakshay A. Garg 3 for 52) by 4 wickets.