Ranji Trophy: Mumbai Demolish Kerala, Register Hat-Trick Of Wins

Spin duo of Shams Mulani and Tanush Kotian exploited the conditions beautifully to trigger a stunning batting collapse as Mumbai registered a handsome 232-run win after skittling out Kerala for 94 in their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Thumba, Kerala on Tuesday. On a turning fourth day wicket, the home side crumbled under relentless pressure with left-arm spinner Mulani returning with 5/44 from his 16 overs. Off-spinner Kotian provided the perfect support, claiming 5-1-6-2. Mulani is now the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai with 17 to his name. Veteran seamer Dhawal Kulkarni (2/32) triggered the collapse in the first over of the day when he dismissed Jalaj Saxena (16).

He followed it up with Krishna Prasad (4) in his third over before the spin duo took over.

Kerala, who were 24 for no loss overnight, chasing a stiff 327 lost all their wickets in 27 overs with the match getting over half-an-hour before lunch on the final day.

This was Mumbai’s third successive victory as they consolidated their position atop Group B standings with 20 points.

Captain Sanju Samson was Kerala’s lone warrior, displaying resilience and determination on a challenging fourth-day pitch.

With wickets tumbling around him, Samson stood firm in his unbeaten knock of 15 runs off 51 balls.

Mohit Avasthi was adjudged player-of-the-match for his seven-wicket haul and valuable contributions with the bat (16 and 32).

Andhra win big vs Assam

In Dibrugarh, Andhra posted their maiden win of the season defeating hosts Assam by 172 runs and log six points. Andhra now have nine points from three matches.

Chasing an imposing 363, Assam managed to add 109 runs to their overnight total before being bowled out for 190 in 48.2 overs.

Overnight 46, skipper Riyan Parag ended up with 75 and after his dismissal wicketkeeper-batter Sumit Ghadigaonkar put up a resistance in his 60 (102 balls).

But he lacked support at the other end as Andhra bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals.

Lalith Mohan (4/81) was the pick of Andhra bowlers, while Girinath Reddy and Manish Golamaru returned with three apiece.

Ricky Bhui was awarded player-of-the-match for his impactful second innings score of 125.

Chhattisgarh deny Bengal 3 points

Bengal were left ruing their luck as visitors Chhattisgarh showed resilience, led by Ashutosh Singh’s gritty 88 from 240 balls, that denied the home side a first innings lead.

Despite the pressure, the No. 4 batter displayed commendable shot selection and stayed firm at the crease as Chhattisgarh saw through the final day, finishing at 214/6.

As the innings was incomplete on the fourth day, both the teams returned with one point each.

In hindsight, Bengal could have made an early declaration instead of choosing to bat two full days keeping in mind the overcast conditions.

Only nine overs were possible on the penultimate day. Bengal had made an overnight declaration at 381/8 after day two.

Abdul Samad steers Jammu and Kashmir to first win of Ranji Trophy season

Abdul Samad helped Jammu & Kashmir overcome a tricky chase with an unbeaten 66, steering his team to a two-wicket win over Odisha in Ranji Trophy.

It was the first win of the season for J&K after sharing points with Delhi and Himachal in their two home games marred by bad light in Elite Group D.

Resuming at 72 for four, J&K needed another 77 runs for the win and they somehow managed to cross the line.

IPL regular Samad stood like a rock as wickets kept falling at the other end. His knock comprised seven fours and two sixes.

Samad remained unbeaten alongside India pacer Umran Malik when the winning runs were scored.

J&K had taken the first innings lead by making 180 in response to Odisha’s 130 on the opening day.

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