Mumbai will meet Tamil Nadu in the semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, starting January 10 © Getty Images
Indore: Jan 5, 2012
Title contenders Mumbai played safe on the final day as they beat Madhya Pradesh by virtue of first innings lead, to enter the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy, at the Holkar Stadium on Thursday.
Mumbai will meet Tamil Nadu in the semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, from January 10-13.
MP gave a much better account of themselves in the second innings as declared at 474 for three setting a target of 233 for Mumbai in 49 overs which included the 15 mandatory overs.
The 39-time champions never went for the target as they scored 113 for one in 34 overs and the match was called off before the mandatory overs were about to start.
While man-of-the-match Kaustubh Pawar (52 no) helped himself to another half century after his 161 in the first essay, opener Praful Waghela (51 not out) also got some much needed batting practice before the semi-final against Tamil Nadu.
The day however belonged to MP’s No 3 batsman Mohnish Mishra who scored his fifth first-class century on the day.
Starting on overnight score of 61, Mishra murdered the Mumbai attack enroute his unbeaten 174 which contained 10 boundaries and five sixes. His knock came in the second innings when the fate of the match was all but sealed. However one can’t fault his effort as he carted left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan (1/171) for a few sixes.
Skipper Devendra Bundela (101 no) also scored runs a fair clip as the pair added 225 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand. On the day, they smashed 224 runs in only 39 overs making one last attempt to make a match of it.
The performance of Mumbai bowlers in the first innings was admirable but same can’t said about their batting — especially that of skipper Wasim Jaffer. (PTI)