Sachin Tendulkar scored his 115th First-Class half-century © PTI
Oct 27, 2013
Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 opener by 4 wickets. Catch the live updates of the fourth day’s play here.
Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 79 to help Mumbai beat Haryana by four wickets in their first match of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season on Wednesday.
05:00 pm: Mumbai need 39 runs to win while Haryana need to pick up four wickets. Sachin Tendulkar remains unbeaten on 55. Dhaval Kulkarni is the other unbeaten batsman. Kulkarni ran out of partners in the first innings. It’s Tendulkar who faced the similar fate in the second innings. The match is nicely poised. Who will triumph?
The only game Tendulkar has played against Haryana in 1991, Mumbai ended up losing the game by two runs. Dilip Vengsarkar had tears in his eyes.
That day Tendulkar scored 96 quick runs before playing a rash shot against Yogendra Bhandari. At Lahli he has looked composed. Will he take Mumbai past the finish line? And remeber it’s his last game.
04:35 pm: Hiken Shah out! Mumbai lose their sixth wicket. Dhawal Kulkarni will join Tendulkar now at the crease.
04:29 pm: Sachin Tendulkar scores his 19th Ranji Trophy half-century and his 115th First-Class half-century. He takes two runs off Joginder Sharma’s bowling. Joginder picked up five wickets in the first innings.
04:27 pm: Sachin Tendulkar needs two runs to reach his half-century. Mumbai needs 54 runs to win!
02:40 pm: Sachin Tendulkar moved to the 20s with a comfortable single. Mumbai’s score has moved on to 131 for three at tea on Day Three.
The visitors now need 109 runs to win with seven wickets in hand.
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02:25 pm: Sachin Tendulkar slams the second boundary of his innings. However, this time the shot wasn’t pleasing to the eye as a length delivery outside off that straightened after pitching got the outside edge of Tendulkar’s bat which raced passed for a boundary.
He has been at the crease now for an hour and reached 19.
Mumbai reach 124 for three, needing 116 runs to win with seven wickets in hand.
A strong appeal against Sachin Tendulkar is declined. The appeal is for a catch off Jayant Yadav’s bowling. The bowler and wicketkeeper seem convinced that there was edge. However, the umpire suggests that the ball had brushed the thigh pad.
Mumbai reach 109 for three, with 131 runs needed for victory with seven wickets in hand.
However, cricket fans seem to have a different take on it
02:10 pm: Kaustubh Pawar is dismissed by Pacer Mohit Sharma after he edges the ball to wicketkeeper Nitin Saini. Pawar perishes just three short of his half-century.
However, Sachin Tendulkar continues to be the centre of attraction. Mumbai reach 108 for three, still 132 runs behind victory with seven wickets in hand.
01:52 pm: Sachin Tendulkar scores the first boundary of his innings as he guides a back of good length delivery towards the fine leg fence. Tendulkar moves on to seven.
Mumbai reach 102 for two and need 138 more runs to win the match with eight wickets in hand.
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Sachin Tendulkar recieves a guard of honour and a salute from the Haryana players as he walks out to bat. In what is expected to the Little Master’s last Ranji innings, Tendulkar is up with a challenge yet again to help Mumbai bail out of trouble on a pitch that is assisting bowlers.
The quaint town of Lahili wakes up
01:25 pm: Ajinkya Rahane is bowled for 40 by Jayany Yadav. However, to the delight of the crowd, as Sachin Tendulkar walks out to bat for the second time in the match.
Mumbai still need 152 runs to win with eight wickets in hand.
01:20 pm: Ajinkya Rahane and Kaustubh Pawar has put Mumbai in a good position as they have stitched an unbeaten partnership of 83 runs.
Both the batsmen are unbeaten on 38 as Mumbai reach 84 for one. The hosts now need 156 runs to win with nine wickets in hand.
Former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi feels it won’t be easy for Haryana to beat the defending Ranji champions
12:15 pm: Mumbai reached 57 for one at lunch on Day Three with Ajinkya Rahane and opener Kaustubh Pawar at the crease.
Visitors now need 183 runs to win with nine wickets in hand. The pitch has eased out and fans are awaiting for the fall of another wicket to watch Sachin Tendulkar in action for the second time in the match.
Meanwhile, Fans keenly await for another glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar
11:40 am: Ajinkya Rahane and Kaustubh Pawar have stabilised Mumbai’s innings after the early loss of skipper Wasim Jaffer. In a pitch that has eased off after the early advantage it offered to seamers on Day One, the duo are playing a cautious game against Haryana.
Rahane and Pawar are both unbeaten on 20 as Mumbai’s score moves to 48 for one.
Meanwhile former Mumbai skipper Amol Muzumdar battles with his long time teammate Wasim Jaffar for the record of the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy.
10.05 am: Haryana set a daunting target of 240 against Mumbai after declaring their innings 237 for nine. In their reply, Mumbai lost their star opener Wasim Jaffer in the chase.
15:30 pm: Opener Rahul Dewan was dismissed for 44 by Vishal Dabolkar who managed to induce an edge of his bat which was taken by wicketkeeper Aditya Tare.
Haryana reach 159 for four and extended the lead to 157 runs.
02:45 pm: Zaheer Khan picked up his second wicket as Abhimanyu Khod was dismissed caught by Vishal Dabholkar. Opener Rahul Dewan was still at the crease Jayant Yadav.
Haryana reached 132 for three and extended their lead to 130 runs at tea.
02:45 pm: Sunny Singh was bowled by pacer Dhawal Kulkarni for 63. His 78-ball stay at the crease included 11 boundaries. However, Rahul Dewan is still at the crease. Abhimanyu Khod has joined to give him company at the other end.
Haryana have reached 109 for two and extended their lead to 107 runs.
01:50 pm: Sunny Singh takes the attack on the Mumbai bowlers to take Haryana to 84 for one at drinks in second session on Day Two.
He is unbeaten on 53, a knock that has been laced with eight boundaries so far. Opener Rahul Dewan too looks solid at the other end. however, he is playing a cautious innings. He is unbeaten on 18.
Haryana have extended their lead to 82 runs.
01.15 pm: After losing an early wicket in the form of Nitin Saini, Haryana have recovered well to extend their second innings lead by 56 runs. They are 58 for one in 20 overs, with Sunny Singh (35 not out) and Rahul Dewan (12) at the crease. Sunny has looked confident in the middle, smashing six boundaries to reach 35 not out off 37 balls.
Haryana reach 22 for one at lunch on Day Two after Zaheer Khan struck early to dismiss opener Nitin Saini.
11:45 am: Haryana lose opener Nitin Saini after battling against some superb bowling of Zaheer Khan, who eventually wins the battle by managing to induce an edge off Saini’s bat to wicketkeeper Aditya Tare. Haryana reach 12 for one.
11:35 am: The hosts are off to a steady start after bowling out Mumbai for 136. Nitin Saini gets offs the mark with an edge flying between point and gully region for a boundary. he is lucky to surivev. however, he pulls a short-pitched delivery off Zaheer Khan’s bowling two overs later to show his aggressive intent. haryana reach 11 for no loss in five overs.
Meanwhile, fans get frustrated as the second day’s play between Jharkhand and Delhi gets washed out
The movement and bounce in the pitch has caught enough attention
11:03 am: A defient batting performance by Dhawal Kulkarni helped Mumbai take two-run lead in the first innings after Joginder Sharma’s five wicket burst left Mumbai reeling with a possibilty of trailing in the first innings. However, the visitors were bowled out for 136 and took a two-run lead.
10:53 am: Medium pacer Joginder Sharma sclaped five wickets to leave Mumbai reeling at 123 for nine, nine runs behind Haryana’s first innings score. After dismissing Ajinkya Rahane and Aditya Tare, he went on to bag the wickets of Javed Khan and Hiken Shah, to add to the wicket of Wasim Jaffer he had taken on the first day.
10:30 am: Mumbai lose two quick wickets as Joginder Sharma first traps the set Ajinkya Rahane in front of the stumps and follows it up by dismissing Aditya Tare, who is caught Sachin Rana.
Rahane is dismissed soon after completing his 24th First-Class half-century for 51 while Tare was out for a duck. Mumbai reduced to 107 for six.
10:00 am: Ajinkya Rahane brings up his half-century eraly on Day Two. This is his 24th half-century in First-Clas cricket.
The pitch offered help to the bowlers on Day One, especially the pacers with a total of 14 wickets falling in the first three sessions of the match. Rahane would look to see off the first hour of play with nightwatchaman Dhawal Kulkarni to give him company.
It’s stumps on Day one, Mumbai are 100 for four in reply to Haryana’s 134. Ajinkya Rahane (44) and Dhawal Kulkarni (1) are the unbeaten batsmen on crease. It’s a strong reply from the visitors considering the conditions. The partnership between Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane has placed Mumbai on course for a healthy lead with Hiken Shah and Aditya Tare still to bat.
All eyes were on the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar but he couldn’t do much with the bat being dismissed for just five. Overall, it has definitely been Mumbai’s day right from the toss to the performance of their pacers. With a green wicket, the match will be competitive and Haryana bowlers will still be charged to come on Monday morning and pick wickets.
05:05 pm: Mohit Sharma finally manages to break the partnership. Abhishek Nayar is caught at gully by Jayant Yadav. Nayar scored 24 runs in 61 balls. The 56-run partnership has given some stability to Mumbai on a pitch where a batsman can hardly claim to feel settled. Mumbai have sent Dhawal Kulkarni to see out the remaining overs in the day.
04:15 pm: Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar have stabilised Mumbai after Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal. Mumbai are 70 for three still 64 behind Haryana’s total.
03:08 pm: The much anticipated innings by Sachin Tendulkar came to a hasty end as the batting maestro was bowled by Mohit Sharma for five. Mumbai reach 39 for three.
Batting Maestro Sachin Tendulkar has walked out to bat at the fall of Wasim jaffer’s wicket and announced his arrival at the crease with a beautiful straight drive. Ajinkya Rahane is at the crease with him. His arrival is welcomed by a loud cheer as spectators fight to get a glimpse of the little master
Tea is take with the score at 36 for two.
Mumbai lose opener Kaustubh Pawar, bowled by Hooda for eight. Pawar had got off to a cautious start in company of Wasim Jaffer as Mumbai managed just 18 runs off first 12 overs.
1:30 pm: Mumbai’s first innings started after lunch. Both the openers — Wasim Jaffer and Kaustubh Pawar are cautious as they haven’t scored a single run in the first four overs. Mumbai’s scoreboard is yet to start moving.
12:30 PM: Haryana bowled out for 134
Mumbai pacers Zaheer Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Javed Khan and Abhishek Nayar ran through the Haryana batting on a green pitch which had enough juice in it to keep the batsmen at bay. Under such tough circumstances even the Haryana batsmen didn’t apply themselves which is evident from the scorecard as Mohit Sharma was the highest scorer.
12:15 PM: Mohit Sharma provided stiff resistance in company of No 11 batsman Hooda to take Haryana to 128 for nine.
11:40 am: Mohit Sharma slammed three boundaries to bring some life into an otherwise disappointing batting display by Haryana. However, Jayant Yadav was dismissed for five to leave the hosts at 97 for nine.
11:15 am: Haryana are in with a chance of folding up before the first session of the first day. Joginder Sharma perishes in a bid to slog Abhishek Nayar. He misses the line and is bowled for three after Harshal Patel is caught by Aditya Tare off Abhishek Nayar for 10. The hosts reach 71 for eight.
11:00 am: The hosts recieve another jolt as they are reduced to 59 for six. On a fresh green wicket, Haryana have been flattened by the Mumbai pace attack of Zaheer Khan, Javed Khan and Dhawal Kulkarni.
10:55 am: Haryana lose another wicket. Looks like Sachin Tendulkar is likely to get a chance to bat on the first day itself. Hosts lose five wickets with 59 on the board
10:45 am: Haryana in all sorts of trouble as the Mumbai pacers use the early swing to good advantage to reduce hosts to 44 for four. Javed Khan dismisses Ajay Jadeja for 14
10:15 am: Zaheer Khan picks up the third wicket to leave the hosts reeling at 26 for three. Former Indian player Ajay Jadeja has come out to the crease.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to field against Hayana in the opening encounter of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 at Lahli on Sunday. Mumbai is led by pacer Zaheer Khan.
The encounter is expected to be the last Ranji Trophy match for legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who prepares ahead of the West Indies series, which is going to be his last in Test cricket. The small town of Lahli has been buzzing ever since they knew the Little Master would be playing there. Special arrangements have been made as the town has gone in a frenzy.
He is also set to play his 200th Test in Mumbai against the West Indies.