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Mighty Mumbai go home with a win and bonus

cricket Updated: Nov 06, 2011 23:53 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times
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Mumbai romped home in style, wresting six points against Railways, including a bonus to begin their Ranji Trophy campaign on a strong note.

Skipper Wasim Jaffer was a happy man after his side won by 10 wickets and was satisfied with the form and composition of the team.

The visitors had Railways by the noose even before the day started, having enforced the follow on and then taking two wickets.

But Railways parried for a part of the morning session, infusing hope that Mumbai might be stretched. Despite losing overnight batsmen, Anureet Singh and the in-form Shivakant Shukla, early, Sanjay Bangar tried to grind the opposition bowlers.

He found support in Nitin Bille and the two pushed them past the 200-mark. With six wickets in hand and just 20-odd runs left to wipe off the deficit, Railways could have managed a point for drawing the game.

But a collapse followed, engineered by left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla. The youngster got three quick wickets with some excellent bowling that induced batsmen to commit mistakes.

"Iqbal did it," said Jaffer, praising the spinner who looked jovial after the game. He had Bangar and Dhiren Salvi caught and trapped Bille in front of the stumps. The game was as good as over for Railways.

"I knew a wicket would help us sneak in with a chance," said Iqbal after the match.

Railways would be heart-broken and need to work on their batting as they next face Karnataka, a team that has a strong bowling line-up.

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