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Ranji Trophy: Tailenders hold nerve as Mumbai come from behind to beat MP

Tailenders Iqbal Abdulla and Shardul Thakur held nerves under intense pressure as they raised an unbeaten 68-run stand to lead Mumbai to a stunning come-from-behind victory over Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday

Indore: Iqbal Abdulla (39) and Shardul Thakur (38) held nerves under intense pressure as they raised an unbeaten 68-run stand lower down the order to lead Mumbai to a stunning come-from-behind victory over Madhya Pradesh, here today.

Chasing a tricky 280, Mumbai were staring down the barrel at 215 for seven when Abdulla and Thakur joined forces. They showed nerves of steel and eked out a match-winning partnership. Mumbai ended at 283 for seven with one full day to spare, walking away with six full points. It was a tremendous comeback by the visitors who had conceded the first innings lead of 78 runs.

Mumbai lost opener Akhil Herwadkar in the seventh ball of the day but the other opener Jay Bista (74) and Shreyas Iyer (36) added 99 runs for the second wicket.

Things looked rosy for Mumbai before the match dramatically turned even with Mumbai losing wicket after wicket. It was MP's first innings hero Jalaj Saxena, who again rocked Mumbai batting order with four wickets but eventually Mumbai had the last laugh.

Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (45) also played a good hand in his side's success.

Brief Scores:
Madhya Pradesh 240 & 201 in 71.2 overs.(J Saxena 79, D Bundela 42; S Thakur 3/33) Mumbai 162 and 283 for 7 in 73.3 overs(J Bista 74, Aditya Tare 45, I Abdulla 39 not out; J Saxena 4/89).

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