Source: News Bharati English15 Jan 2017 09:59:19
Indore, January 15: Gujarat registered a comprehensive win against Mumbai in the final match of Ranji Trophy and won the title for the first time at Holkar stadium in Indore.
Notably, Gujarat defeated Mumbai by five wickets on the very last day of the match. Parthiv Patel’s 143 and Munprit Juneja’s 54 runs helped Gujrat to chase down the highest successful chase in the finals of Ranji Trophy.
Parthiv Patel also top-scored for his side with 90 in the first innings, giving Gujarat a crucial 100-run lead after Mumbai were restricted to 228 in the title match for India's domestic first-class championship.
Mumbai, who were aiming to claim the 42nd title, improved in the second innings and set their opponents a winning target of 312, leaving Gujarat needing to complete the highest final run chase in tournament history to claim the title.
Resuming on 47 without loss, Gujarat, who had only featured in one previous Ranji Trophy final back in 1951 in the same city, were reduced to 89-3 before Patel and Manprit Juneja (54) revived the chase with a fourth-wicket stand of 116.
The 31-year-old, who hit some streaky boundaries at the start of his knock, added 94 with Rujul Bhatt for the next wicket to take Gujarat within striking distance of victory before he was out, caught and bowled by paceman Shardul Thakur.
For their part, Mumbai was left to rue a number of dropped catches during the match as well as their poor display with the bat in the first innings.
"It was a dream we collectively saw before the season started," Patel said during the presentation. "So happy we have been able to achieve a Ranji Trophy victory. "I was taking my chances because, while chasing 312, I thought somebody has to play attacking shots. I am glad whatever chances I took they all came off," Parthiv added.
Summary of the final match of Ranji Trophy:
Mumbai (1st Innings) 228
Gujarat (1st Innings) 338
Mumbai (2nd Innings) 411
Gujarat (2nd Innings) Samit Gohil c Tare b Nayar 21, Prinyank Panchal c Yadav b Sandhu 34, Bhagwan Merai b Sandhu 2, Parthiv Patel c & b Thakur 143, Manprit Juneja c Tare b Herwadkar 54, Rujul Bhatt not out 27, Chirag Gandhi 11 not out, Extras (lb-8,nb-3.w-5, pentlay 5 runs) 21, Total (for 5 wkts in 89.5 overs) 313
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-51,3-89, 4-205, 5-299
Mumbai bowling: Shardul Thakur 22.5.4-90-1, B.S.Sandhu 24-4-101-2, Vijay Gohil 15-4-46-0, Abhishek Nayar 15-4-31-1, Vishal Dabholkar 4-0-15-0, Akhil Herwadkar 9-1-17-1.