Mumbai: Hosts Mumbai, who are already out of contention for a quarter-final berth, are on the cusp of registering their first win of the season against Chhattisgarh in their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite A game.
At the end of day two of the four-day game at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, the 41-time champions needed 14 runs more to notch a consolation victory.
Mumbai ended the second day at 77 for 0 in their second innings, chasing a target of 91, with their openers Jay Bista (36 not out) and Vikrant Auti (32 not out) at the crease.
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Mumbai, who had bundled out the opposition for 129 in the first innings on Monday, replied with 188 after starting day two on 118 for three.
The hosts then shot out the visitors for 149 in the second innings to place themselves on the cusp of their maiden outright win of the season.
First innings wreckers-in-chief, pacers Shardul Thakur (4/47) and Tushar Deshpande (4/53) were again the main destroyers in the visitors second innings. Only Vishal Singh (47) showed some spine but that did not help his side.
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In the morning, Mumbai lost seven wickets while adding 60 runs with recalled not out batsman Suryakumar Yadav out for 43. All-rounder Shivam Dube chipped in with a valuable knock of 28.
Brief scores: Mumbai 188 (Suryakumar Yadav 43, Vikrant Auti 43; Pankaj Rao 3/53) & 77/0 need 14 runs to win against Chhattisgarh 129 & 149 (Vishal Singh 47; Shardul Thakur 4/47, Tushar Deshpande 4/53)