Jaffer's jaffa upstages Delhi
Mumbai 301 for 4 (Jaffer 170*, Rahane 61) beat Delhi 297 for 5 (Gambhir 105, Chopra 74) by 6 wickets
Wasim Jaffer's outstanding 170 not out, his highest score in one-dayers, guided Mumbai to a memorable win in the quarter-final of the Ranji one-day tournament in Delhi. Chasing 298, after Gautam Gambhir had helped Delhi to an impressive total, Mumbai motored along through their opening combination with Jaffer starring all the way.
Jaffer's 160-ball knock included 18 boundaries and he stayed right till the end of the chase. His matchwinning 170 was the highest ever individual score in one-day domestic competitions surpassing Gagan Khoda's 166 against Railways at Jaipur last season.
Jaffer's opening partner, Ajinkya Rahane, showed that his exploits in the Under-19 level could be translated to the higher leagues. His 61 contained four fours and two sixes and the 171-run opening stand, in the 28th over, set the stage for a successful chase. Jaffer didn't let up, though, and helped Mumbai sail through with an over to spare.
Earlier, Gambhir's 96-ball 105 had formed the backbone of the Delhi innings. He shared a 181-run stand with Aakash Chopra, who managed a composed 74, before stitching together another useful stand with Mithun Manhas. Delhi captain Shikhar Dhawan clattered a blistering 33 to finish things off but Delhi's 297 proved to be inadequate at the end of the day.