Tons from Sharma, Samant get Mumbai close to Ranji Trophy title

January 15th, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin TendulkarHyderabad, Jan 15 (IANS) Vinayak Samant (113) got his maiden first class century and Rohit Sharma (108) scored his second ton in the match as Mumbai were all out for 367 in the second innings against Uttar Pradesh on the fourth day and has virtually assured itself of its 38th Ranji Trophy title here Thursday.Uttar Pradesh now have to chase a mammoth 525 runs on the final day and only a miracle can save them at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at the Uppal. For Uttar Pradesh, Piyush Chawla and Parvinder Singh scalped three wickets apiece. Sharma, who scored 141 in the first innings, became the sixth batsman to score two centuries in a Ranji Trophy final.

Resuming at 130 for no loss, Mumbai batsmen carried on their destructive form after having scored 402 in the first innings. Uttar Prasdesh were bowled out for 245 in the first innings.

Captain Wasim Jaffer scored 85 and with Samant added 146 runs for the first wicket. Jaffer’s wicket triggered a mini collapse as Mumbai slumped from 146 for no loss to 241 for six.

Chawla picked up Abhishek Nayar (3), Ramesh Powar and Sachin Tendulkar (4) to put Mumbai on the backfoot before Sharma bailed out the team with the century, which was more impressive than his first innings knock.

Samant on the other end survived numerous edges for his maiden century before Parvinder Singh got him out caught by wicketkeeper Amir Khan.

Rohit, meanwhile, looked rock solid despite needing 27 balls to get off the mark. He was severe on Chawla, hitting the leg-spinner for three consecutive boundaries in one over.

Tendulkar, who scored his maiden first class duck in the first innings and was down with viral fever, still came out to bat at No.7.

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