Vijay Hazare Trophy: Sakure swings it MP’s way as Mumbai crumbles

Right-arm pacer Chandrakant Sakure picked up five for 25 as Madhya Pradesh stunned Mumbai by 80 runs in the group C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground. This was Mumbai’s first defeat in three matches.

Chandrakant Sakure scalped a five-for to help Madhya Pradesh get the better of Mumbai in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match on Tuesday.   -  File photo: V. Ganesan

Right-arm pacer Chandrakant Sakure picked up five for 25 as Madhya Pradesh stunned Mumbai by 80 runs in the group C match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the MRF-Pachaiyappa’s ground here. This was Mumbai’s first defeat in three matches.

Chasing 215, Mumbai got to 35 in the first eight overs of Powerplay, losing opener Prithvi Shaw in the last over of it. Shaw slashed one to Ankit Sharma at point, off Sakure, when he was yet to get convincingly set. His uneasy aerial flick over midwicket that fetched him four in the second over, was risked above the fielder who almost got his fingers on it.

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His partner Akhil Herwadkar fell in the next over—the ninth, caught behind off Ishwar Pandey. Sakure struck again in the over that followed, ousting Shreyas Iyer for eight, also caught behind.

Skipper Aditya Tare and Abhishek Nayar (24) tried steadying the ship, but that too failed as they walked back to the pavilion soon.

Off-spinner Saransh Jain had Tare caught at midwicket by Ankit Sharma. The pair had just added 31 runs for the fourth wicket by then. Saransh returned to get Nayar and Suryakumar Yadav in his next over, in the space of two balls. Nayar, he bowled and caught, and Yadav, he had beaten and drawn out for the ‘keeper to stump.

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Mumbai continued to offer meek resistance thereafter. The last wicket union between Pravin Tambe and Shivam Malhotra notably fetched 30 runs, as Sakure claimed three more wickets.

Earlier, put in to bat, Madhya Pradesh was driven to 214 by four 40-plus partnerships—Ankit Dane, who hit 46 (76b, 3x4, 1x6) was involved in two of them. The highest, though, was the 46-run ninth wicket stand between Sohraab Dhaliwal (51, 41b, 6x4, 1x6) and Ishwar Pandey (15).

Dhaliwal’s lofted cover drive off Shivam Dube that was so close to being a six, was the most remarkable of the fours he hit. He was the last batsman to fall, caught off Shardul Thakur by Suryakumar Yadav, who had to close in on the ball from long on. Shardul finished with three wickets, two of them off successive deliveries.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 214 in 45.1 overs (Sohraab Dhaliwal 51, Ankit Dane 46; Shardul Thakur 3-27) beat Mumbai 134 in 38.4 overs (Abhishek Nayar 24; Chandrakant Sakure 5-25, Saransh Jain 3-30)