Ranji Trophy: Mumbai take 3 points from draw against Bengal
Bengal managed to save the match but Mumbai walked away with three points due to the first innings lead on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A encounter in Nagpur on Friday
Mumbai bowler Shardul Thakur celebrates with teammates after dismissing Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary during a Ranji Trophy match at VCA stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. File pic/PTI
Nagpur: Bengal managed to save the match but Mumbai walked away with three points due to the first innings lead on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group A encounter in Nagpur on Friday. Overnight 433/8, Bengal could add just four runs to the total and were bowled out for 437 with Dhawal Kulkarni grabbing a five-wicket haul. Chasing a target of 308, Mumbai ended the match at 203/6 in 87 overs.
It was nonetheless an admirable comeback from Bengal, who had been bowled out for 99 in the first innings. Although the first innings lead was conceded by them but the team can still draw confidence from the second innings performance in which skipper Manoj Tiwary (169) and Sudip Chatterjee (130) played big knocks. In pursuit of the target, Mumbai were off to a disastrous start and lost their top-three batsmen with just 22 runs on the scoreboard.
However, the middle-order rescued the team with Shubham Ranjane's 193-ball 76 being the standout effort. He struck 11 hits to the fence during the course of his innings. Abhishek Nayar was another notable performer with a 51-run knock, which was laced with eight fours. Ashok Dinda starred with the ball for Bengal, snaring four wickets in his 27 overs, which cost 74 runs.
Bengal: 99 and 437
Mumbai: 229 and 203/6 in 87 overs (Shubham Ranjane 76, Abhishek Nayar 51, Ashok Dinda 4/74). Points: Mumbai 3, Bengal 1.
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