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Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra emerges on top in local derby

Timely knock: Rahul Tripathi was the backbone of Maharashtra's second innings.

Timely knock: Rahul Tripathi was the backbone of Maharashtra's second innings.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

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Tare’s dour resistance helps Mumbai salvage a point

Aditya Tare’s (52 not out, 125b, 7x4) staunch resistance may have helped Mumbai salvage a draw in the Maharashtra Derby, but Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy season continued to be in the doldrums.

Once stand-in captain Rahul Tripathi (76, 129b, 7x4, 1x6) and Satyajeet Bachhav’s 97-run partnership for the sixth wicket avoided a Maharashtra collapse on the last morning at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the possibility of taking home six points had been virtually nullified.

Another collapse

Another second-innings batting collapse saw Mumbai reeling at 44 for four just before tea in the chase of 334 in 49 overs. Tare and Shubham Ranjane then dropped anchor until Satyajeet Bachhav trapped the latter in front. But Tare continued his vigil and Shivam Dube blocked till the teams shook hands.

Earlier, Maharashtra’s experienced new-ball duo of Anupam Sanklecha and Samad Fallah kept the batsmen on a leash. However, after Jay Bista’s dismissal, Tare opened up for a brief while until Siddhesh Lad hooked a short ball from left-arm seamer Mukesh Choudhary straight to leg-gully.

In the next over, rookie Ashay Palkar bowled two superb deliveries to dismiss Suryakumar Yadav (caught behind off an inside edge) and Armaan Jaffer (squared up for an edge in the cordon) to leave Mumbai reeling at 44 for four.

Tare, however, was at his finest. The wicketkeeper-batsman — who was on the field for each of the 12 sessions of the match — did not suffer any concentration lapse and dealt capably with the short-ball ploy employed by the Maharashtra seamers.

In the morning, Tripathi and Bachhav frustrated the Mumbai bowlers. With Maharashtra starting the day at 112 for five, Mumbai looked to run through the tail.

Admirable patience

But the duo showed admirable patience, denying Mumbai a breakthrough for two hours. Bista’s part-time off-spin saw the back of Bachhav before Shivam Malhotra struck twice in the same over with the second new ball.

At lunch, Maharashtra had a lead of 307 and Palkar top-edged a pull to long-leg in the first over after the break. But the last pair of Choudhary and Fallah held fort for half an hour to ensure Maharashtra would take home at least three points.

The scores: Maharashtra — 1st innings: 352.

Mumbai — 1st innings: 273.

Maharashtra — 2nd innings: Swapnil Gugale c Tare b Malhotra 37, Chirag Khurana c Ranjane b Parkar 38, Jay Pande lbw b Dube 9, Naushad Shaikh c Ranjane b Dube 4, Rahul Tripathi c Jaffer b Malhotra 76, Rohit Motwani c Tare b Dias 1, Satyajeet Bachhav lbw b Bista 37, Ashay Palkar c Malhotra b Dias 6, Anupam Sanklecha c Bista b Malhotra 0, Mukesh Choudhary (not out) 16, Samad Fallah b Dube 10; Extras (b-5, lb-9, nb-5, w-1): 20. Total (in 90.1 overs): 254.

Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-77, 3-89, 4-89, 5-104, 6-201, 7-228, 8-228, 9-228.

Mumbai bowling: Matkar 13-5-26-0, Dias 24-4-85-2, Parkar 17-5-30-1, Malhotra 15-2-41-3, Dube 13.1-5-25-3, Ranjane 1-0-4-0, Bista 6-0-28-1, Suryakumar 1-0-1-0.

Mumbai — 2nd innings: Jay Bista c Motwani b Sanklecha 6, Aditya Tare (not out) 52, Siddhesh Lad c Shaikh b Choudhary 18, Suryakumar Yadav c Motwani b Palkar 5, Armaan Jaffer c Shaikh b Palkar 0, Shubham Ranjane lbw b Bachhav 35, Shivam Dube (not out) 8; Extras (lb-2, nb-5, w-4): 11. Total (for five wickets in 47 overs): 135.

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-39, 3-44, 4-44, 5-107.

Maharashtra bowling: Sanklecha 8-0-16-1, Fallah 7-1-27-0, Choudhary 9-0-27-1, Palkar 6-0-23-2, Bachhav 10-4-27-1, Chirag Khurana 7-2-13-0.

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