Mumbai to face Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy final

January 7th, 2009 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 7 (IANS) Mumbai entered the final of the Ranji Trophy tournament by virtue of their 258-run first innings lead over Saurashtra in the drawn semi-final at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Wednesday.In the final, to be played at Hyderabad Jan 12-16, Mumbai will take on Uttar Pradesh who overcame Tamil Nadu, also on the basis of first innings lead.

The match here was called off after tea break following a light drizzle and bad light with Mumbai on 42 for one in their second innings.

Earlier, Saurashtra, resuming at overnight score of 247 for five chasing Mumbai’s first innings score of 637 for six declared, saw their slim hopes fading first thing in the morning when skipper Jayadev Shah (49) and Sagar Jogiyani (0) were dismissed in the same over by paceman Dhawal Kulkarni.

Thereafter, it was just a matter of time before Mumbai wrapped up the innings after some dogged resistance by Kamlesh Makwana (56 not out) in the company of Rakesh Dhruv (44), the pair adding 103 runs for the eighth wicket.

The exit of Dhruv brought about a swift end to the Saurashtra innings as Kulkarni picked up three wickets and off-spinner Ramesh Powar scalped four.

Expectedly, Mumbai declined to enforce the follow-on while preferring to opt for some batting practice ahead of the final.

Rohit Sharma blazed away for 30 while Amol Muzumdar, needing 39 runs to become the highest run-getter in the tournament, failed in his attempt, making just seven runs.

After Muzumdar’s departure, fading light forced abandonment and the tea break was taken at this stage. With the light not improving, the match was called off.

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