Defending champions Mumbai were on the verge of an outright win for the second match in a row but once again failed to grab five full points.
While Railways’ Murali Kartik and M Suresh frustrated them in the last match, Hyderabad’s Ambati Rayudu and Shahank Nag thwarted them on Friday. Mumbai had to settle for three points.
The holders now have 15 points from five games and are currently in third position in Group A behind Tamil Nadu and Punjab. The top three teams from each group qualify for the quarterfinals and Mumbai have a five-point cushion over fourth-placed Railways with two more games to go.
Resuming at 63 for one, Hyderabad needed to bat out the day to save the match and given the host’s batting record this season, Mumbai would have surely fancied their chances.
But Sahil Kukreja gave Shashank Nag a life when he dropped him off Ajit Agarkar. Scores: Hyderabad 266 & 276 for 6 (A Rayudu 79, PS Nag 57; I Abdulla 3-72) drew with Mumbai 521-2.