Ranji Trophy 2016/17: Gujarat Steady In Chase Of 312 Target
Mumbai hoped that they might get a wicket or two in the last 15 overs of the day. In this hope, they used each and every trick up their sleeves but none of them could come up with results as Gujarat opening batsmen Samit Gohel and Priyank Panchal survived the last few overs of the day to take driver’s seat heading into the day 5 of Ranji trophy final. Mumbai’s dream of defending their Ranji Trophy title hangs in balance as they need to take 10 wickets on last day.
Mumbai started the day with a score of 208/3 but was soon reduced to 238/4 with Mumbai losing crucial wicket of SuryaKumar Yadav. A small partnership between Siddhesh Lad and Aditya Tare saw Mumbai team getting past the score of 250, but a loss of Lad’s wicket followed soon. Mumbai suffered another jitter when they were close to the score of 300, which further dented hopes of getting to a big target.
On one side, when Mumbai was losing wickets at regular intervals, Abhishek Nayar was guiding the team’s boat, taking the score to a respectable position and it was due to his innings of 91 only that Mumbai was able to add additional runs to their kitty before finally being dismissed on a score of 411. Gujarat, as a result, are now chasing 312 in the fourth innings of the game.
Chintan Gaja shone with the ball as he scalped a six-fer but Abhishek Nayar was the pick of the day as once again his experience came into play, which attracted everyone on the field.
Gujarat did a pretty good job to survive last few overs in the day as their openers were right on the money which somehow pulled down the confidence of Mumbai as a wicket here could have generated some hope in Mumbai’s camp but with bowlers going wicketless in 13.2 overs bowled in the evening, Mumbai will have a task to first gather the scattered bowling line-up and then think of dismissing Gujarat in 90 overs tomorrow.
It’s still a game which can go either way with Gujarat in control of their destiny to clinch the 83rd Ranji Trophy.
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