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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 03 April 2014 - 10:15pm IST

Report: Mum vs Maha, T20 West Zone, 2014

Mahashtra beat Mumbai by 30 runs as per VJD system

Mumbai lost to Maharashtra by 30 runs while chasing the VJD revised 144-run target in the 18 overs-a-side match. The Mumbai line-up was held to 113 for seven by the Shrikant Mundhe-led attack at Wankhede Stadium after Maharashtra posted a competitive total. Harshad Khadiwale (47) and Vijay Zol (48) built a solid platform to set up the game for Maharashtra. Kedar Jadhav and Rahul Tripathi capitalised on the opening stand to take the team to 139 for two in the must-win match. Their bowlers then dominated by striking at regular intervals to keep Mumbai in check.

Earlier, opting to bat first at Wankhede Stadium, Khadiwale and Zol gleaned runs, taking Maharashtra to 70 without loss in 10 overs. Playing with ease, the pair did not offer any chances to the home team as they kept the strike rotating.

However, bad light stopped play in the 11th over. After the first break, the match was reduced to 19 overs a side. Two balls later, the match was halted again for the same reason and one more over was deducted from each side's innings. When play resumed, Dhawal Kulkarni was brought back into the attack. The pacer was struck for two boundaries down the ground by Zol. However, the young Maharashtra opener was caught by Zaheer Khan off his own bowling in the next. Mumbai got their first breakthrough with Maharashtra on 90 bringing Kedar Jadhav to the crease. In the Mumbai captain’s next over, he accounted for Khadiwale’s wicket. Striking in both overs of his second spell, Zaheer denied both the Maharashtra openers their half-centuries.

Coming together at 102 for two, Rahul Tripathi and Jadhav then worked to build on the foundation. The pair added 37 runs in an unbroken partnership in the remaining 23 balls. The duo’s onslaught against Abhishek Nayar in the last over yielded 16 runs. Jadhav launched him over deep mid-wicket for six, while Tripathi lofted him over long-off to take the team to 139 for two.

With the target revised to 144 to win in 18 overs, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare began the chase. With the score on 21, Marathe was caught by Chirag Khurana off Dominic Muthusawmi for zero. Kevin Almeida who then replaced him returned for six. Caught at mid-off off Muthuswami, he made way for Nayar with the team on 29 for two. Tare who had till then held up one end handed a simple catch to Jadhav at cover off Mundhe to return for 26.

With the team on 42 for three, Suryakumar Yadav joined Nayar in the middle. An over later, the left-hand batsman was sent back by Mundhe. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Mumbai were 60 for four at the end of 10 overs with Yadav and Sarfaraz Khan in the middle.

But after a 17-run partnership, Sarfaraz too returned to the pavilion giving Mundhe his third wicket of the game. Sujit Nayak was the next to return to the pavilion in an unfortunate run out after adding just two to the total.

With 60 required off 31 balls, Pravin Tambe joined Yadav in the middle to face the uphill task. With Maharashtra in a commanding position, Akshay Darekar sent back Yadav for 38 to tighten the noose around Mumbai.

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