Mumbai batsmen were all out for 411 on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Friday. Gujarat began the 312-run chase for victory on a positive note and were 40/0 at stumps. Earlier, Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare and Abhishek Nayar batted steadily to score half centuries, while Chintan Gaja took six wickets. Mumbai lost Suryakumar Yadav (49) in the morning. On Day 3, Shreyas Iyer finally came back to form as he smashed 82 and helped Mumbai gain a 108-run lead. Gujarat bowlers, in the mean time, were on attack mode in the morning, sticking to a wicket-to-wicket line, eyeing quick wickets to restrict Mumbai’s lead on a pitch that is not becoming easy to bat on. Get highlights and score of the Gujarat vs Mumbai Ranji Trophy final Day 4 from Indore here.
5:45 pm IST: Stumps on Day 4. Bad light stops play. Gujarat 47/0 after 13.2 overs. Priyank Panchal 34; Samimt Gohel 9. Need 265 more to win.
5:35 pm IST: Spin has been introduced through Vijay Gohil. And it had almost worked with Samit Gohil edging one behind, but it fell just short of Suryakumar Yadav at 1st slip. Gujarat have already crawled to 40 in 11 overs.
5:15 pm IST: A couple of boundaries for Panchal as Gujarat reach 27/0 after 8 overs.
5:12 pm IST: An extended session final session today to compensate for the deficit in overs.
5:03 pm IST: It’s a cautious yet positive start from Gujarat. Neither are they leaving everything outside the off-stump nor are they resisting themselves from hitting the shots. 13/0 after five overs. Panchal’s gone on to 12 with three boundaries.
4:45 pm IST: Shardul Thakur starts off proceedings for Mumbai with a maiden. Gujarat have 312 to chase for a win. Sandhu will share the new ball with Thakur. Priyank Panchal and Samit Gohil will take guard for Gujarat.
4:35 pm IST: Coach Chandrakant Pandit and captain Aditya Tare had signalled this was going to be the last over and Nayar had shifted gears accordingly. Nonetheless, brilliant knock from the veteran
4:30 pm IST: Abhishek Nayar goes for 91 as Mumbai are bowled out for 411. Mumbai all out for 411. RP Singh claims the last wicket. Mumbai lead by 311 runs. Gujarat need 312 runs to win.
4:15 pm IST: Abhishek Nayar’s dealing in sixes now. two gigantic ones in the last two overs off Rujul Bhatt. He’s gone on to 66. Mumbai 385/9 after 134 overs.
3:59 pm IST: Wicket! Gone! Vishal Dabholkar edges it to Samit Gohel in the slips and the gritty show comes to an end. Chintan Gaja claims his sixth wicket of the day as Mumbai reach 370/9 after 131 overs. Abhishek Nayar is unbeaten on 51 and will be joined by Vijay Gohil for the last wicket.
3:56 pm IST: End of the 131st over. Abhishek Nayar reaches his well-deserved half-century, Chintaj Gaja hits the 100-mark in conceding runs. Mumbai 368/8 after 130.1 overs.
3:13 pm IST: It’s Tea. Mumbai 361/8. It’s been a slow session in terms of over rate. Just 12.1. But Gujarat will be happy picking those three wickets.
3:11 pm IST: None of the fielders are in the circle anymore for Abhishek Nayar apart from the bowler and Parhiv. Everyone else is on the ropes. No wonder Mumbai have scored just 24 runs in the last 10 overs. Mumbai 360/8 after 125 overs.
2:53 pm IST: Another bowling change. Rujul Bhatt has been brought back into the attack replacing Hardik Patel who had a great spell of 12-2-18-1. Mumbai 349/8 after 122 overs. Nayar 33; Dabholkar 9
2:36 pm IST: RP Singh has been brought back into the attack. Just a slip inside the circle for Abhishek Nayar. Dabholkar, however, has managed to pick up a boundary in between. Mumbai 344/8 after 119 overs. Nayar 29 Dabholkar 8. Mumbai lead by 244 runs.
2:29 pm IST: The runs have dried up with Gujarat sending nearly all men back to the fence for Nayar while trying to cut short the single towards the fag-end of the overs, Just two runs in the last three overs. Mumbai 337/8 after 116 overs.
2:10 pm IST: Abhishek Nayar is not taking any chances anymore with the tail-enders. He’s trying to stay on strike while looking for those odd-boundaries. He’s batting on 24 with Vishal Dabholkar (4) at the other end. Mumbai 335/8 after 113 overs; lead by 235 runs.
1:55 pm IST: Chintan Gaja picks up his fifth wicket as Shardul Thakur (1) lofts one to the substitute Karan Patel at mid-off. Mumbai 326/8 after 110.1 overs.
1:46 pm IST: Wicket! Balwinder Sandhu mistimes one to Manprit Juneja and yet again, it’s Chintan Gaja who’s provided the breakthrough. A change in bowling worked for Gujarat as Gaja had been brought back into the attack replacing Rush Kalaria. Mumbai 323/7 after 108.1 overs.
1:32 pm IST: A direct hit as the two sneak a single in the middle but Abhishek Nayar is safe. Mumbai have added just four runs in the last three overs. 317/6 after 106 overs.
1:22 pm IST: Balwinder Sandhu has started out on an aggressive note. He’s batting on 14 in as many deliveries. Mumbai have reached 313/6 at the end of the 103rd over. Lead by 213.
1:04 pm IST: Balwinder Sandhu gets a boundary and its 300 up for Mumbai. They extend their lead to 201. Mumbai 301/6 after 100 overs.
1:02pm IST: Aditya Tare’s gone! Hardik Patel traps him in front of stumps and it’s a big blow for Mumbai who’ve now been reduced to 297/6. Tare departs for 69 (114).
12:57 pm IST: Rush Kalaria starts with a maiden after lunch; Mumbai 294/5 after 97 overs.
12:05 pm IST: It’s lunch on Day 4 here at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Mumbai have reached 294/5 at the end of the 96th over. Aditya Tare’s unbeaten on 68 while Abhishek Nayar is batting on 10. Mumbai lead by 194 runs.
11:53 am IST: The runs have certainly dried up since Siddhesh Lad’s wicket. Just 7 runs, including an outside edge that ran for four, in the last 20 balls. Mumbai 277/5 after 93 overs; lead by 177.
11:32 am IST: Gone! RP Singh with the breakthrough. Siddhesh Lad (15) departs. Had hit a gigantic six off the third ball of the over. Went for a similar shot off the next ball but could only find Chirag Gandhi in deep square leg. Mumbai 270/5 after 89.4 overs.
11:24 am IST: Change in bowling. Chintan Gaja replaces Rush Kalaria. Parthiv wants his most successful bowler to have a go with the new ball. Mumbai 262/4 after 88 overs.
11:22 am IST: A cracking punch from Aditya Tare as he brings up his fifty. Came off 82 balls. Mumbai 256/4 after 86.2 overs; lead by 156
11:08 am IST: Aditya Nare nudges one down towards the third man to bring up 600 runs in this year’s edition of the Ranji Trophy. Mumbai has also managed to extend their lead past the 150-mark. Mumbai 252/4 after 86 overs.
11:05 an IST: Just two runs off the last 3 overs. Siddhesh Lad has joined captain Aditya Tare in the middle. Mumbai 249/4 after 85 overs
10:55 am IST: It’s drinks. RP Singh is sharing the new ball with Rush Kalaria. Aditya Tare is unbeaten on 42, but is extremely lucky to be still out there. He was caught off a no-ball earlier, and in the last over, Panchal at gully fails to catch one that came towards him. Mumbai 247/4 after 82 overs. Lead by 147 runs.
10:43 am IST: The second new ball does the trick. Suryakumar edges one back to Parthiv behind the stumps. Kalaria with the breakthrough. The umpires check for the no-ball but it’s clean. Suryakumar Yadav’s walking back. Out on 49 off 215 deliveries. Mumbai 238/4 after 80.2 overs.
10:20 am IST: Aditya Tare has started to free his arms. Has reached 26. Mumbai 223/3 after 77 overs
10:07 am IST: Aditya Tare survives a scare! Had edged one to gully off Chintan Gaja, but the bowler has overstepped. Mumbai 215/3 after 73 overs.
9:57 am IST: Shreyas Iyer smashed a brilliant 82 on Day 3, Thursday. However, he was upset at how Gujarat kept bowling a negative line.
9:50 am IST: Far more attacking start from Gujarat this morning. They’re attacking the stumps and trying to use the morning session to their advantage. Six runs in the last overs. Mumbai 214/3 after 71 overs.
9:35 am IST: RP Singh starts off proceedings on Day 4 with a maiden. Mumbai 208/3; lead by 108 runs. Aditya Tare 13 (24) and Suryakumar Yadav 45 (180) are out there in the middle for Mumbai.
On Day 3, It was a good start for Mumbai earlyas Shardul Thakur removed Chirag Gandhi off the fifth ball of the day. With no runs added to their overnight score, Rush Kalaria and Chintan Gaja then forged a quick-fire partnership of 22 runs before Balwinder Sandhu removed Kalaria in the first over of his morning spell.
The last two Gujarat batsmen could only add 15 more to the total as they folded up on 328.
This is the first time a team has twice taken a first-innings lead against Mumbai in a single edition of the Ranji Trophy in 10 years.
The lead wasn’t a big one, but it created a psychological pressure on Aditya Tare’s boys. However, young sensation Prithvi Shaw ensured the situation didn’t stay that way for long as he blasted 44 off 34 balls. It was a delightful innings laced with eight cracking shots to the fence.