Mumbai on verge of win over Punjab in Ranji Trophy
Defending champions Mumbai look on course to register their second outright win of the current Ranji Trophy season after finishing Day Three of their Group 'A' tie against Punjab on top at the Sector 16 Stadium here on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 399, Punjab were reduced to 108 for four at stumps on Day Three with Yuvraj Singh and Uday Kaul batting on 19 and 0 respectively. Punjab now need 291 runs on the last day to win with six wickets in hand.
Earlier, resuming the day on 35-0, Mumbai scored 271 in 64.4 overs. Suryakumar Yadav, with his quickfire 61-ball 62, was the highest run-scorer for Mumbai in the second innings. The 23-year-old struck nine boundaries in his 77-minute stay.
Pacer Javed Khan smashed a handy 30-ball-44. Javed and Dabholkar added 45 runs for the last wicket to help Mumbai set a target close to 400. Javed struck three sixes and three fours.
Left-arm spinner Rajwinder Singh took 5-102 for Punjab while skipper Harbhajan Singh finished with figures of 4-67. Harbhajan, with 17 wickets from two matches, is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, followed by Dabholkar with 13 scalps.
Brief scores: Punjab 155 & 108-4 (Jiwanjot Singh 31, Zaheer Khan 2-24) vs Mumbai 282 and 271 (Suryakumar Yadav 62, Javed Khan 44, Rajwinder Singh Golu 5-102, Harbhajan Singh 4-67)