Akhil Herwadkar and Shardul Thakur
Chennai: Akhil Herwadkar scored a fine fifty as Mumbai defeated Rajasthan by five wickets in a truncated Group 'C' match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here yesterday.
In a match reduced to 38-over-a-side, Rajasthan scored 181 for nine and in reply, Mumbai comfortably reached the target in just 29.1 overs, losing five wickets in the process.
Put in to bat by Mumbai, Rajasthan lost four of their wickets with just 50 runs on the board, before Salman Khan (37) and Mahipal Lomror (49) managed to steady the boat. The duo put on a crucial 68 runs together for the fifth wicket.
For Mumbai, Shardul Thakur (3-47) was the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing 182 for victory, Mumbai got off to a good start with opener Herwadkar (50) and one-down batsman Shreyas Iyer (41) taking the team past 100-run mark, having shared a 67-run stand for the second wicket. After Iyer's dismissal, Herwadkar found and able partner in skipper Aditya Tare (36 not out) and the two put on a 51-run partnership for the fourth wicket to almost drive Mumbai home.
Mumbai eventually reached 184 for five with 53 balls to spare. For Rajasthan, Tajinder Singh claimed three wickets for 45 runs.
Rajasthan 181 for 9 in 38 overs (M Lomror 49, S Khan 37; S Thakur 3-47) lost to Mumbai 184 for 5 in 29.1 overs (A Herwadkar 50; T Singh 3-45) by five wickets