Mumbai on the brink of victory over Gujarat and entering Ranji Trophy quarters

Mumbai’s Ankeet Chavan, pictured here during an earlier match, picked up two wickets on Day Three © PTI

Navi Mumbai: Dec 31, 2012
Mumbai are all but sure to make the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy as they took a huge 203-run lead against Gujarat and then reduced the visitors to 159 for five in their second innings on the third day of their Group A match, here today.

Mumbai can even force an outright win if they take the remaining five Gujarat wickets early and then overhaul the target quickly.

Gujarat are still trailing by 44 runs with Manprit Juneja (39) at the crease.

Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel and Manprit steadied the ship after the visitors lost three early wickets. They added 78 runs for the fourth wicket at the D Y Patil Stadium here.

Centurion in the first innings Patel scored a run-a-ball 47, packed with four fours and a six, before being caught in the first slip by his counterpart Wasim Jaffer.

Gujarat soon lost Rujul Bhatt (8), who came into bat for Patel in the last over, with Juneja still batting at 39.

Pacer Javed Khan, who shared the new ball with Dhawal Kulkarni, and Ankeet Chavan scalped two wickets each while Suryakumar Yadav picked up a wicket.

Earlier in the day, Mumbai added 124 runs to their overnight score of 323 and were bundled out at lunch for 447.

Suryakumar Yadav (42) and Abhishek Nayar shared a 45-run partnership before Yadav was trapped leg before by Kushang Patel.

Nayar, unconquered at 72, batted well in the company of Zaheer Khan and struck nine fours. The duo shared a 48-run stand for the last wicket.

Mumbai suffered a setback when skipper Zaheer Khan got hit on his leg by bowler Ishwar Choudhury and took treatment to resume his batting. He got out at 11, hitting two fours but was not on field when Gujarat came out to bat for the second time around. Khan had picked up two wickets in the first innings.

Rush Kalaria and Kushang Patel grabbed three wickets each to help their side go through the Mumbai batting order.

Brief Scores: Gujarat 244 and 159 for 5 (Parthiv Patel 47, Manprit Juneja 39*; Javed Khan 2 for 22, Ankeet Chavan 2 for 59) trail Mumbai 447 (Wasim Jaffer 171, Hiken Shah 82; Rush Kalaria 3 for 80, Kushang Patel 3 for 79) by 44 runs