Elite B Round 4 Day 4

Captain Priyank Panchal struck a century as Gujarat completed a comeback to beat hosts Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium by nine wickets in their Ranji Trophy 2018-19, Elite A, round 4 fixture on Saturday.

Panchal’s unbeaten 112 off 109 balls helped Gujarat overhaul the 204-run target in just 41.5 overs as they raced to a victory despite conceding the first innings lead to the 41-time champions.

The 28-year-old Panchal and Kathan Patel (55 in 85 balls) laid the foundation for their victory with a 128-run stand for the opening wicket.

Panchal hammered 11 fours and 3 sixes in his match-winning knock. After Kathan’s dismissal, Bhargav Merai (34 not out in 57 balls) and Panchal took the side home without much fuss.

With this win, Gujarat became the first side to beat domestic giants Mumbai outright on four occasions.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have won on 3 occasions each.

Earlier, Mumbai resumed the day at 157 for 7 but could add only 30 more runs to their tally as their second innings folded up at 187. In the second essay, Shivam Dubey played a valiant knock of 55, but his efforts went in vain.

For Gujarat, pacers Chintan Gaja (4/57) and Roosh Kalaria (4/59) picked up four wickets each.

With this emphatic win, Gujarat have topped Group A and B with 16 points from 2 wins from 4 games, while Mumbai are way below in the table and are still searching for their first win after three games.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 297 and 187 (Aditya Tare 59, Shivam Dubey 55, Chintan Gaja 4/57) lost to Gujarat 281 and 206/1 (Priyank Panchal 112 not out, Kathan Patel 55) by nine wickets.