Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament: Mumbai give champs Gujarat a jolt

Mar 31, 2014, 20:51 IST | Shweta Haranhalli

Mumbai bounced back after suffering a defeat in their opening game when they thrashed Gujarat by six wickets with nine balls to spare in the West Zone T20 league game at the MCA's BKC ground on Monday

After losing their first match against Baroda, Mumbai got their T20 campaign back on track with a comprehensive six-wicket win over defending champions Gujarat in the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament at the MCA's Bandra Kurla Complex ground yesterday.

Aditya Tare
Aditya Tare 

Batting first, Gujarat managed 126-9 thanks to a 47-run partnership for the second wicket between Rajul Bhatt (31) and Rajdeep Darbar (31) after Zaheer Khan (2-14) gave Mumbai an early breakthrough.

Chasing 127, openers Aditya Tare (55) and Kevin Almeida (32) got off to a flying start. The duo shared a 57-run opening stand. The hosts chased the target in 18.3 overs.

Tare told the media: "We bowled and fielded brilliantly which helped us restrict them to 126. In T20 cricket, any team will be happy chasing 127."

On Mumbai's overall dismal performance this season, he said: "If you look at the overall season, our bowlers have always done the job for us. It's the batting unit this needs to step up."

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