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Powar leads Mumbai to victory

Powar's performance helped Mumbai beat Baroda by three wickets in the Ramakant Desai Trophy (West Zone) league cricket tournament in Mumbai on Saturday, reports Amol Karhadkar.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2007 01:01 IST

Ramesh Powar made the utmost use of his last opportunity ahead of India's World Cup squad selection as his all-round performance helped Mumbai beat Baroda by three wickets in the Ramakant Desai Trophy (West Zone) league cricket tournament in Mumbai on Saturday.

Wilkin Mota's single on the fourth ball of the 48th over helped Mumbai overhaul Baroda's total of 223 for eight with 14 balls to spare. While Mumbai earned four points from the win, Baroda's slate remained clean.

After taking three wickets for just 28 runs off his 10 runs, Powar, promoted at No 4 in the batting order, smashed 54 off 40 balls. The all-rounder scored 50 off his 54 runs through boundaries, hitting 11 boundaries and a towering six that flew out of the Wankhede Stadium.

Powar came in to bat when Mumbai were reduced to 29 for two in the ninth over, with Sushant Marathe (0) and Rohit Sharma (6) back in the pavilion. He took his time to settle, respecting fast bowler Rakesh Patel, who finished with figures of 10-3-24-4.

However, once he got his eye in, Powar cut loose. In the 16th over, Powar welcomed left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar with two boundaries and a huge six and then followed it up by hitting medium-pacer Ketan Panchal for three successive boundaries in the very next over.   

Powar added 68 runs off 72 deliveries with top-scorer Wasim Jaffer (73) before failing to clear Yousuf Pathan at mid-off off Baroda skipper Ajit Bhoite in the 20th over. Jaffer then added 81 runs with skipper Amol Muzumdar (52) to put Mumbai in a comfortable situation. 

Mumbai now play Gujarat on Monday.

Maharashtra win with a bonus

At the Brabourne Stadium, Maharashtra thrashed Gujarat by five wickets with 19 overs to spare to earn a bonus point.

After captain Sairaj Bahutule (3-29) and Shrikant Munde (2-27) bowled Gujarat out for 176 in 45.2 overs, veterans Hrishikesh Kanitkar (69 off 84 balls, 10x4, 1x6) and Sridharan Sriram (47 off 31 balls, 8x4) helped Maharashtra reach the target in 31 overs for the loss of five wickets.

The win gave Maharashtra five points while Gujarat's tally read–1.
Maharashtra next play Saurashtra on Monday.

Brief scores: Gujarat 176 all out in 45.2 overs (Parthiv Patel 34, Akash Christian 32, Kirit Damani 30; Sairaj Bahutule 3-29, Shrikant Munde 2-27) lost to Maharashtra 177 for 5 in 31 overs (Hrishikesh Kanitkar 69, S Sriram 47; K Damani 2-25) 

Scoreboard

Baroda
Rishikesh Parab b Verma 0
Connor Williams c Kulkarni b Powar 56
Rajesh Pawar c Jaffer b Hazare 8
Jacob Martin lbw b Mota 13
Rakesh Solanki st Marathe b Powar 18
Ajit Bhoite c Jaffer b Powar 8
Yousuf Pathan c sub (Waghela) b Hazare 6
Pinal Shah not out 54
Ketan Panchal c Marathe b Verma 14
Rakesh Patel not out 20

Extras (lb-4, w-22) 26
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 223

Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-10, 3-47, 4-98, 5-115, 6-123, 7-125, 8-157. 

Bowling: Rajesh Verma 10-1-36-2 (1w), Swapnil Hazare 8-0-48-2 (12w), Wilkin Mota 6-0-37-1 (2w), Abhishek Nayar 7-0-31-0 (2w), Ramesh Powar 10-0-28-3 (2w), Nilesh Kulkarni 9-0-39-0. 

Mumbai
Sushant Marathe lbw b Patel 0
Wasim Jaffer run out 73
Rohit Sharma c Shah b Patel 6
Ramesh Powar c Pathan b Bhoite 54
Amol Muzumdar lbw b Patel 52
Hiken Shah c Bhoite b Patel 14
Wilkin Mota not out 10
Abhishek Nayar run out (Panchal) 1
Nilesh Kulkarni not out 0

Extras (lb-3, nb-3, w-8) 14
Total (7 wkts, 47.4 overs) 224

Fall of wkts: 1-13, 2-29, 3-97, 4-178, 5-211, 6-216, 7-218.

Bowling: Rakesh Patel 10-3-24-4 (3w), Sankalp Vohra 9-1-31-0 (1w), Ketan Panchal 4.4-0-29-0 (2nb, 1w), Rajesh Pawar 7-0-52-0 (3w), Ajit Bhoite 10-0-46-1 (1nb), Yousuf Pathan 7-0-39-0.