Skipper Parthiv Patel (143) led from the front, scoring a century under pressure and batting almost through the day, as Gujarat (313/5) beat Mumbai by five wickets on Day 5 o f the Ranji Trophy final at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Saturday.
Gujarat, who won their first Ranji Trophy title, were chasing 312 to win on Day 5 . Mumbai scored 412 in their second innings, riding on half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare.Get highlights from Day 5 of the Gujarat vs Mumbai Ranji Trophy Final here.
4:03 pm IST: And the new Ranji Trophy champions, Gujarat, with their trophy:
3:58 pm IST: The presentation ceremony:
3:37 pm IST: Back to back boundaries from Chirag Gandhi and Gujarat have won their maiden Ranji Trophy title!The entire Gujarat team, including the support staff, is on the field. Final score 313/5 in 89.5 overs. Chirag Gandhi 11 (7); Rujul Bhatt 27 (77).
3:32 pm IST: Just nine required to win now. Rujul Bhatt and Chirag Gandhi should see it off.
3:25 pm IST: It’s a wicket. Parthiv Patel hits across the line and lofts the ball for an easy caught and bowled for Thakur. Gets out for 143. But the skipper has done his job. Gujarat just 11 runs short of victory.
3:22 pm IST: Rujul Bhatt and Parthiv Patel are in a hurry now -- dealing in boundaries. They race to 299/4 in post tea session, 13 runs away from victory
2:55 pm IST: It’s Tea on Day five and Gujarat are just 27 runs away from lifting the Ranji Trophy. Parthiv Patel 137; Rujul Bhatt 17. Gujarat 285/4 after 86 overs. Parthiv has led by example out here; an exemplary knock!
2:40 pm IST: The new ball has been taken and Thakur and Sandhu have been brought back into the attack. Parthiv has managed to nick one behind the stumps for yet another boundary. Perhaps the seventh time he has edged one behind and it hasn’t rattled the stumps. Gujarat 262/4 after 83 overs. Gujarat need just 50 runs more to win.
2:22 pm IST: 13 runs off the last four overs. Gujarat are cruising towards victory. Mumbai have to get quick wickets.
2:18 pm IST: Nothing going Mumbai’s way. Aditya Tare drops Rujul Bhatt behind the stumps and the ball goes on to hit the helmet. Five runs awarded as penalty to Gujarat.
1:55 pm IST: Hundred for Parthiv Patel! A well-deserved ton under pressure from the senior pro! Gujarat just 90 runs away. 222/4 after 70 overs.
1:35 pm IST: Breakthrough! Akhil Herwadkar provides it. Manprit Juneja’s caught behind on 54. Gujarat lose their 4th wicket. A bit of verbal exchange from Aditya Tare as Juneja heads back. Gujarat 205/4.
1:22 pm IST: Parthiv brings up the 100+ partnership for the fourth wicket with a glorious cover drive. He goes on to 82
1:18 pm IST: A glorious shot through the covers by Manprit Juneja. Gujarat need just 124 runs to win. Gujarat 188/3. Juneja just four runs away from his half-century
1:10 pm IST: Vishal Dabholkar has been straight away introduced into the attack with Abhishek Nayar from the other end. Gujarat just 135 runs away from lifting the trophy now. Gujarat 177/3 after 58 overs. Parthiv 75; Juneja 38.
1:00 pm IST: Vishal Dabholkar has finally come back in the field. Had been away after he fractured his right hand yesterday. Gujarat 168/3 after 55 overs. Eknath Kerkar has replaced Prithvi Shaw in the field.
11:48 am IST: It’s lunch on Day 5. Gujarat 146/3 after 47 overs. Parthiv Patel is batting on 53 while Manprit Juneja is on 29. Gujarat need 166 more to win. Session detail: 99 runs in 33.4 overs; 3 wickets
11:43 am IST: Just 5 runs in the last 3 overs for Gujarat. Gohil and Nayar bowling from both ends. Gujarat 146/3 after 45 overs.
11:33 am IST: Parthiv Patel nudges one down to the leg side to bring up his half-century. An inside edge that ran down for four earlier in the over also brought up the fifty partnership for the fourth wicket. It’s 141/3 after 42 overs for Gujarat.
11:31 am IST: Gohil has been brought back into the attack but he’s gone for eight runs off that over. Gujarat 136/3 after 41 overs.
11:22 am IST: The bit of chirping behind the stumps seem to have charged up Juneja. He’s picked up back to back boundaries against Sandhu. Gujarat are 126/3 after 39 overs.
11:08 am IST: The umpires have a word with captain Aditya Tare. The other captain, Parthiv Patel, is trying to calm Juneja down and bring back his concentration. Parthiv’s batting on 43 while Juneja is unbeaten on 9. Gujarat 115/3 after 37 overs
11:01 am IST: Plenty of drama going on here at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Manprit Juneja has walked up the umpires stating the sledging from the Mumbai team is perhaps a tad-more than usual. One can hear stuffs like “Pressure mein khelne ka aadat nehi hai inko..” etc clearly! Gujarat 105/3 after 35 overs.
10:50 am IST: 100 up for Gujarat. Parthiv picks up yet another boundary. At the end of the 33rd over, Gujarat are at 101/3. Parthiv 38; Manprit 0.
10:40 am IST: Gujarat will be unhappy with the decision. Television replays suggest there was no edge as the ball carried to the keeper but at the moment, Gujarat in deep trouble. Manprit Juneja has joined captain Parthiv Patel in the middle. Gujarat 97/3 after 31 overs.
10:37 am IST: Wicket! Samit Gohel (21) departs. Abhishek Nayar gets the breakthrough. Gujarat 89/3 after 29.4 overs
10:31 am IST: Change of bowling from both ends. Abhishek Nayar and Vijay Gohil have been brought into the attack. Gujarat 88/2 after 29 overs.
10:22 am IST: Parthiv Patel hass raced to 24 in 26 deliveries. Six boundaries in that knock. He’s has edged a few that’s just missed the stumps or gone through the slip corridor, but Gujarat won’t mind that. 83/2 after 27 overs.
10:13 am IST: A couple of boundaries in the last four overs. Gujarat playing positive cricket, and they should. There’s no point going inside a shell when they have to play close to a 100 overs to survive. 79/2.
10:07 am IST: Mumbai made 412 in their second innings on Friday. Watch the highlights:
9:55 am IST: Parthiv survives a scare. It was Sandhu again, but the inside edge instead of rattling the stumps went behind for a boundary. Gujarat 55/2 after 21 overs.
9: 44 am IST: Gone! Bhargav Merai bowled by Sandhu and Guajrat are under pressure early on. 51/2 after 19 overs.Parthiv Patel is now out in the middle and he’ll have to rescue his side out of the precarious situation once again.
9:38 am IST: Dropped! Prithvi Shaw drops Samit Gohil in the slips. This is the second time he has dropped Gohil in the match. Gujarat 51/1 after 18 overs. Need 261 more
9:31 am IST: Bhargav Merai has joined Samit Gohil out in the middle; Gujarat 47/1 after 15 overs.
9:30 am IST: Sandhu strikes early on Day 5. The dangerous Priyank Panchal edges one to Suryakymar Yadav in the slips and that’ll be all for Panchal in this edition of the Ranji Trophy. He won’t be able to break Laxman’s record, but what a terrific season he has had.
Priyank Panchal (34) and Samit Gohel (9) started the chase on an aggressive note in the final session of Day 4, as they reached 47 for no loss in 13.2 overs at stumps when bad light stopped play in the extended last session of the day. It was a sensible start by both the batsmen, who unlike their sluggish approach in the first innings, played positive cricket.
Mumbai started the day from where they had left off — captain Aditya Tare looking to extend the lead and Suryakumar Yadav approaching the task in similar fashion. Twenty-five of the 30 runs were scored by Tare till the old ball was in play before Rush Kalaria removed Suryakumar (49) off the second delivery with the new ball.
It didn’t bother Tare who continued to play aggressively, aware of the importance of runs. Like most batsmen in the final, Tare was lucky on two occasions — once off Chintan Gaja when he was caught behind but the bowler had overstepped, and when he slashed hard and the ball went flying past Panchal at gully.
Tare reached his half-century in style but couldn’t build on it as he fell to Hardik Patel for the second time on 69.