Mumbai failed to make it to the qualifiers © Getty Images
Mumbai failed to make it to the qualifiers © Getty Images

Hyderabad: It was heartbreak for Mumbai as despite registering a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Hyderabad, they failed to qualify for the knock-out round from Group A of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day cricket tournament, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Mumbai cruised to a seven-wicket win over Hyderabad, but Punjab’s three-wicket win over Services here meant the western outfit was eliminated from the knockouts despite winning four out of their six matches. Tamil Nadu and Punjab qualified for the quarterfinals from Group A garnering 20 points apiece from six matches, while Mumbai could only manage 16 points from as many games.

Opting to bat, Hyderabad scored 217 for eight, which was achieved largely on the back of skipper Hanuma Vihari‘s 95 and Jawed Ali’s unbeaten run-a-ball 44 towards the end. But Mumbai chased down the target quite easily in 44.2 overs, with Akhil Herwadkar (85) and Shreyas Iyer (84) hitting the high notes.

Their 134-run stand between Herwadkar and Iyer flattened Hyderabad, even before Ajinkya Rahane made a sprightly unbeaten 31 to take Mumbai home by seven wickets.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 221 for 3 in 44.2 overs (Akhil Herwadkar 85, Shteyas Iyer 84; Mehdi Hasan 1 for 36) beat Hyderabad 217 for 7 in 50 overs (Hanuma Vihari 95; Shardul Thakur 2 for 33) by 7 wickets.