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Hyderabad break Mumbai jinx

Even though M'bai do not earn any point for the third straight game, they succeed in not giving Hyderabad a bonus point, reports G Krishnan.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 23:51 IST
G Krishnan

Two-time Champions Hyderabad broke the jinx of never having beaten Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Though it came a little late, when it occurred after some tense moments with less than three overs left the partisan home crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium savoured the occasion.

Even though Mumbai did not earn any point for the third straight game this season and are last in Super League Group B, they succeeded in not giving Hyderabad a bonus point.

Facing an improbable task of batting out the entire day after resuming at 108 for three, requiring another 131 to avoid an innings defeat, Mumbai resisted well until the second mandatory over. They averted the initial embarrassment by putting up 268 on the board and giving the hosts a target of 30 from 11 overs.

Mumbai kept things tight and Hyderabad won with only twelve balls to spare. The hosts, however, weren't able to gain a bonus point as only a 10-wicket win would have earned them a bonus point but they lost DB Ravi Teja. Hyderabad's four from this fixture place them on top of the table with eight points from four matches.

In the morning, Vinayak Mane and Rohit Sharma went out with the determination of saving Mumbai from the defeat. Mane was at his best in defending solidly. He was full of concentration and showed the right approach according to the situation.

The right-handed opener is one who can play a long innings, especially when the chips are down. He did it on Wednesday and in the company of Sharma, seemed like pulling Mumbai out of the woods.

Sharma, on the other hand, showed his immense potential with strokes all round the wicket.

Brief score: Mumbai 115 and 268 lost to Hyderabad 354 (Vinay Kumar 103) by 9 wkts.

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