Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai toys with Goa but fails to make quarters cut

Mumbai pressed absolute authority in both the bowling and batting departments as it defeated Goa by eight wickets in its last group-C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground here on Monday. It dismissed Goa for 95 in 35 overs and chased the target down in 34 balls.

Abhishek Nayar celebrates the dismissal of Goa’s Saurabh Bandekar at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground in Chennai on Monday.   -  Photo: R. Ragu

 

Mumbai pressed absolute authority in both the bowling and batting departments as it defeated Goa by eight wickets in its last group-C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground here on Monday. It dismissed Goa for 95 in 35 overs and chased the target down in 34 balls.

The quick win held it in good stead, with better run rate and all, as Gujarat—also on equal points then—loomed a threat to edge it out for a quarterfinal berth. And it did manage to by the end of the day, bettering Bengal's 169 in 28 overs for a better run rate than Mumbai. Thus, Bengal and Gujarat have entered quarterfinals from group C.

Solitary win not enough for Kerala

Sagun Kamat scored 23, Darshan Misal 22, and the rest fared cheaper, as Goa ran up too meek a total for Mumbai. Abhishek Nayar was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers with four for 23. Dhawal Kulkarni picked up three wickets, Shardul Thakur two, and Shivam Dube one.

For Mumbai, Rohit Sharma who came out to open with Shreyas Iyer, fell early bowled by Felix Alemao. He scored four in all, off a cover drive. After Shreyas Iyer was bowled by Saurabh Bandekar for 14, Skipper Aditya Tare (38 not out, 11b, 3x4, 4x6) and Suryakumar Yadav (40 not out, 11b, 4x4, 3x6) made a mockery of the bowling. The pair scored 76 off 19 balls for the unbeaten third wicket stand. The fourth over, bowled by Felix, yielded 21 runs in which Suryakumar hit two sixes back-to-back, and a four.

The next over, bowled by Bandekar, fetched 34 runs with three straight sixes, two wides, a four, and a six again off the last ball, courtesy Tare. In the over that followed, Suryakumar struck two fours and a six more in four balls as Mumbai scampered home with 44.2 overs to spare.

Brief scores: Goa 95 in 35 overs (Sagun Kamat 23; Abhishek Nayar 4-23, Dhawal Kulkarni 3-17) lost to Mumbai 99-2 in 5.4 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 40 not out, Aditya Tare 38 not out)

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