Mumbai need 3 wickets to qualify for the semi-final    Getty Images
Mumbai need 3 wickets to qualify for the semi-final Getty Images

Current title-holders Mumbai are just 3 wickets away from qualifying to the semi-final round of Ranji Trophy 2016-17 in what had been an evenly contested match against Hyderabad. Playing at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur, Hyderabad had put up a good fight as they scored 280 in reply to Mumbai s first innings score of 294. Hyderabad came back strong, bowling out Mumbai for 217. The pendulum swung in the way of 41-times Ranji Trophy winner when they reduced Hyderabad to 121 for 7 at the stumps of Day Four. Vijay Gohil bowled an impressive spell picking up 5 wickets to help gain control of the game.

Mumbai put up 102 for 3 at stumps of Day Three, built on the score and took it to 217 on Day Four. Siddhesh Lad and Aditya Tare played crucial knocks. The two put up a good partnership that added most of the runs. Lad scored 46 while Tare played a captain s knock of 57 and was the highest run-getter of the innings as the team put up 217 at the end of the innings. Mohammad Siraj bagged a 5-for while Chama Milind and Akash Bhandari both got 2 wickets each bowling for Hyderabad. Mehdi Hasan was the other successful bowler with his solitary wicket.

Full Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Quarter-final, Day 4

Hyderabad could not replicate their performance in the first innings. Tanmay Agarwal s 29 and Bavanaka Sandeep s 25 were the only mentionable scores apart from Subramaniam Badrinath s lone effort of unbeaten 40. Four batsmen went back for single-digit score. Vijay Gohil bagged 5 wickets for Mumbai while Abhishek Nayar got 2. Milind will bat with Anirudh as play resumes on Day Five. Hyderabad need another 111 to win with 3 wickets in hand.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 294 and 217 (Aditya Tare 57, Siddhesh Lad 46; Chama Milind 2 for 25, Mohammed Siraj 5 for 52) lead Hyderabad 280 and 121 for 7 (Tanmay Agarwal 29, Baba Anirudh 40; Abhishek Nayar 2 for 27, Vijay Gohil 5 for 28) by 111 runs.