Ranji Trophy: Mumbai in trouble against Gujarat after batting collapse
Defending champions Mumbai suffered a batting collapse to be all out for 154 against Gujarat on day one of their final Group a Ranji Trophy match, here today.
After deciding to bat, Mumbai were 74 for six at one stage and had it not been for some gritty batting by Iqbal Abdulla (30) down the order, the visitors would have struggled to cross the 100-run mark.
Abdulla was the second-highest run scorer after opener Kaustubh Pawar, who managed 37 off 150 balls with six shots to the fence. Abdulla's cameo included an over in which he hit 19 runs before being run out.
Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel was the most successful bowler for Gujarat with three scalps for 32 runs while Ishwar Chaudhary (2/54) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/36) took two wickets each.
In reply, the host were a strong 90 for two with opener Samit Gohel (36) batting solidly at one end.
Gujarat lost opener Smit Patel (11) cheaply, bowled by Bhargav Thakur, and later on Bhargav Merai, who was well set on 37 before being caught by Shah off Abdulla.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 1st innings: 154 all out in 52.5.(Kaustubh Pawar 37, Iqbal Abdulla 30; Akshar Patel 3/32). Gujarat 1st innings: 90 for 2 in 35 overs.(Bhargav Merai 37, Samit Gohel 36 batting; Iqbal Abdullah 1/25).