Ranji Trophy - Final

Mumbai v Saurashtra

Mumbai won by an innings and 125 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

A smallish crowd is in at the Wankhede. Mumbai have taken the risk and have bowled first. The pitch does seem to have some moisture. A test then for Shitanshu Kotak and Sagar Jogiyani. The last time Kotak played Mumbai here he batted for 796 minutes. This could also be Kotak's last Ranji Trophy match

9.20am Saurashtra, I hear, have made the tough move to leave out Vishal Joshi, who bowled exceptionally in the semi-final but is a spinner too many for a Wankhede track and loses out by the virtue of being the second offspinner in the side as opposed to Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, who bowls left-arm spin. And they have brought in a young medium-pacer, Saurya Snandiya, in Joshi's place

9.05am Mumbai have won the toss, and are bowling first. That's a departure from their preferred way to go about it: rough it out in the tough first session and then put runs on the board over the first two days. Let's see how this new strategy works

Mumbai have retained the same XI that prevailed over Services in the semi-final

8.50am Left. Left. Left, right, left. That's all you hear this morning, on India's Republic Day. It's also the Ranji Trophy final day; can Saurashtra march past Mumbai? We are about to find out. Toss in 10 minutes

0.1

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, bouncer to start off with, Kotak gets under it without trouble

0.2

Agarkar to Kotak, 1 run, swing there, Kotak gets it into a bit of a tangle, but nudges it to long leg for one

Three slips and two gullies for Jogiyani

0.3

Agarkar to Jogiyani, no run, and Jogiyani attacks first ball by cutting a shortish delivery. Makes a lovely connection, but can't beat point

0.4

Agarkar to Jogiyani, no run, fuller, swinging away, but starts wide, and is left alone

0.5

Agarkar to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, Jogiyani stays back to defend

0.6

Agarkar to Jogiyani, 1 run, nearly played on. Stays back to a length ball, gets an inside edge to a nothing prod, but somehow avoids the stumps

End of over 1 (2 runs) Saurashtra 2/0
SD Jogiyani    1* (4b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-2-0
SH Kotak    1* (2b)     

Dhawal Kulkarni to share the new ball

1.1

Kulkarni to Jogiyani, no run, full, some hint of swing, Jogiyani defends from the crease. Not quite sure in defence

1.2

Kulkarni to Jogiyani, no run, short of a length, starts wide, is left alone

1.3

Kulkarni to Jogiyani, OUT, this was a-comin'. Jogiyani has hardly looked at ease. Stuck in the crease, he has been feeling for balls. Stays back, no foot movement, pushes at one short-of-a-length ball outside off. The feet are stuck in front of leg, and all he manages is a healthy edge to second slip. The ball did nothing

SD Jogiyani c Jaffer b Kulkarni 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Rahul Dave is the new man in. Mumbai attacking with three slips and two gullies

1.4

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended well

1.5

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, this one seams away from outside off and beats the hanging bat

1.6

Kulkarni to Dave, 1 run, fuller, Dave meets it with soft hands, gets a single past point

End of over 2 (1 run) Saurashtra 3/1
RR Dave    1* (3b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-1-1
SH Kotak    1* (2b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Agarkar to Dave, no run, full, swinging away, Dave pushes forward and defends

2.2

Agarkar to Dave, no run, stays full, on off, Dave plays around the front pad, but the bat comes down in time

2.3

Agarkar to Dave, no run, stays on that full length, swinging away at off, defended back towards mid-on

2.4

Agarkar to Dave, no run, slightly shorter, but wide, and is left alone

2.5

Agarkar to Dave, 2 runs, length ball, swinging away from off, pushed well through cover, covering the movement well

2.6

Agarkar to Dave, no run, this one goes straight with the angle, but Dave defends well in front of off

End of over 3 (2 runs) Saurashtra 5/1
RR Dave    3* (9b)      AB Agarkar    2-0-4-0
SH Kotak    1* (2b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-1-1

Three slips, a gully, a leg gully for Kotak

3.1

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, short of a length, straight, hits him high on the thigh, beating his attempt to nudge it around the corner

3.2

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, fuller, wider, angling away, left alone

3.3

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, wide again, and Kotak won't be playing at those

3.4

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, straighter, on off, Kotak presses forward to defend

3.5

Kulkarni to Kotak, 1 run, short of a length, stays back, works this square of leg gully for a single

3.6

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, is it dropped by Nayar?. Dave flicks a length ball to leg, fails to keep it down, Nayar is there at square leg, but the catch is not completed. My first reaction is that it didn't carry. Yes, it fell well in front of Nayar

End of over 4 (1 run) Saurashtra 6/1
RR Dave    3* (10b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-2-1
SH Kotak    2* (7b)      AB Agarkar    2-0-4-0

4.1

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, full and wide, left alone

4.2

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, full, swinging back in to the left-hand batsman, pushed to mid-off

Kotak's guard is almost outside leg stump and he is moving across

4.3

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, wide again, left alone

4.4

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, and Agarkar struggling to get the line right for the left-hand batsman. Easy leave outside off for Kotak

Goes round the wicket

4.5

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, that angle makes Kotak play, and he defends well to cover

That guard still stays outside leg

4.6

Agarkar to Kotak, 2 runs, worked away past gully, played with the angle, but he almost runs himself out coming back for an easy second. The throw is almost a half-volley, which allows him that extra second to get in

End of over 5 (2 runs) Saurashtra 8/1
SH Kotak    4* (13b)      AB Agarkar    3-0-6-0
RR Dave    3* (10b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-2-1

5.1

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short, wide, Dave cuts without any feet movement, and is beaten

5.2

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, well bowled. Short of a length, outside off, a bit wide, but Dave plays at it, and is beaten by the extra bounce and seam movement. Get it a little closer to off, and he might get more wickets

5.3

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, this one starts too wide, and is left alone

5.4

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short and wide, Dave does well to not go with the cut, because it bounces more than expected

5.5

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, fuller, on off, defended to cover

5.6

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, full, on off, defended solidly

End of over 6 (maiden) Saurashtra 8/1
RR Dave    3* (16b)      DS Kulkarni    3-1-2-1
SH Kotak    4* (13b)      AB Agarkar    3-0-6-0

A long chat between Tendulkar and Agarkar as Kotak gets some repair work done on his thigh pad. And Agarkar has made way for Shardul Thakur's medium-pace. Three slips, a gully, a short square leg

6.1

Thakur to Kotak, no run, bouncer, middle and leg, he gets under it well

6.2

Thakur to Kotak, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

6.3

Thakur to Kotak, no run, and starts too wide again to make Kotak play

6.4

Thakur to Kotak, no run, and he fails to bother Kotak again as he floats this wide outside off

6.5

Thakur to Kotak, no run, makes him pay finally, Kotak defends solidly in front of off

6.6

Thakur to Kotak, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended back to him

First chants of "Sa-chin, Sa-chin" can now be heard at the Wankhede. I can also hear trains pulling into Churchgate Station nearby so quiet has the Wankhede been

End of over 7 (maiden) Saurashtra 8/1
SH Kotak    4* (19b)      SN Thakur    1-1-0-0
RR Dave    3* (16b)      DS Kulkarni    3-1-2-1

7.1

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended well

7.2

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, length ball, outside off, teasing Dave, who lets it be

7.3

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short of a length, just outside off, plays away from the body, but defends well

7.4

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, this is wide, and Dave doesn't need to play at it

Niranjan Shah is there to watch his team play its first final under the name Saurashtra

7.5

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, wide of the crease, angles a length ball in, which is defended from the crease

7.6

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, wide length ball again, and is left alone for a third maiden on the trot

End of over 8 (maiden) Saurashtra 8/1
RR Dave    3* (22b)      DS Kulkarni    4-2-2-1
SH Kotak    4* (19b)      SN Thakur    1-1-0-0

8.1

Thakur to Kotak, no run, Thakur continues bowling wide, and Kotak continues letting Tare make collections

Mumbai wasting the new ball by bowling too wide. That, sadly, is a trick employed by many domestic sides because the modern batsmen lack the patience to keep leaving balls alone

8.2

Thakur to Kotak, no run, length ball, on off, defended well

Short square leg moves to short leg

8.3

Thakur to Kotak, FOUR, too straight this time, Kotak gets inside the line, and deflects this wide of the diving keeper. First boundary of the final

8.4

Thakur to Kotak, no run, fullish, on off, solid front-foot defensive, as if smothering the turn from a spinner

8.5

Thakur to Kotak, no run, length, on off, slightly wide, but Kotak plays at it, with an open face

Madhav Mantri is in attendance too. Good to see him there. He is 91 years old, and is there in time to not miss any action

8.6

Thakur to Kotak, no run, short, down the leg side, Kotak watches it pass under his arm pit

End of over 9 (4 runs) Saurashtra 12/1
SH Kotak    8* (25b 1x4)      SN Thakur    2-1-4-0
RR Dave    3* (22b)      DS Kulkarni    4-2-2-1

9.1

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, full, outside off, swinging away, beats the pushing bat

9.2

Kulkarni to Dave, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

9.3

Kulkarni to Dave, OUT, bouncer. Given. Dave is slow to react. Watching replays, he has been extremely slow. Stunned by the bouncer, at his head, he just brings up the bat up almost in slow motion, and edges a lob to gully where Ankeet Chavan nearly makes a meal of it, but catches it at the second grab

RR Dave c Chavan b Kulkarni 3 (37m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.00

The bespectacled Aarpit Vasavada is in to bat. Two left-hand batsmen in the middle

9.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, on the pads, pushed to leg

Three slips, a gully, a short square leg

9.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, 1 leg bye, short of a length, on the pads, takes a leg-bye

Short square leg moves to leg gully

9.6

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended in front of off

End of over 10 (1 run, wicket maiden) Saurashtra 13/2
SH Kotak    8* (26b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    5-3-2-2
AV Vasavada    0* (2b)      SN Thakur    2-1-4-0

10.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

10.2

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, length ball, just outside off, left alone to angle away to the keeper

In Rajkot, it was captain Jaydev Shah batted at No. 4. Here Vasavada gets a promotion. Wonder why

10.3

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, length ball, on off, defended towards mid-off

10.4

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, full and wide, so wide it could have been called one

10.5

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, full, just outside off, defended to cover

10.6

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 run, straighter, on a length, on the pads, helped away for a single to deep square leg

End of over 11 (1 run) Saurashtra 14/2
AV Vasavada    1* (8b)      SN Thakur    3-1-5-0
SH Kotak    8* (26b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    5-3-2-2

Kulkarni's figures: 5-3-2-2

11.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, FOUR, that will damage the figures a little. Another bouncer, not too sharp, and he pulls it in front of square from just outside off

11.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, pitches middle and leg, defended in front of off

11.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, extra bounce from a length, hits him high on the thigh pad as he looks to work this to leg

11.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, follows a wide delivery, no feet movement at all, and nearly edges it through

11.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, that's a beaut. Length ball, pitches leg, makes him play, and then seams away a little to beat the edge. Saurashtra not looking all that comfortable outside Rajkot

Mr and Mrs Agarkar, Ajit's parents, are there to watch too

11.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, wide length ball, left alone

End of over 12 (4 runs) Saurashtra 18/2
AV Vasavada    5* (14b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    6-3-6-2
SH Kotak    8* (26b 1x4)      SN Thakur    3-1-5-0

12.1

Thakur to Kotak, no run, wide again. Thakur has been bowling wide all morning, and Kotak is happy to not play at them

12.2

Thakur to Kotak, no run, the ball leaving Thakur's hand is almost like a magnet repelling the other magnet that the bat is. The like poles, you know. Wide again, and left alone

12.3

Thakur to Kotak, no run, good comeback for Thakur, who finally pitches one close to off, gets some seam movement, and beats the poke

12.4

Thakur to Kotak, 1 run, full, on the pads, deflected away for an easy single

12.5

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, wide bouncer. Way down leg side. Vasavada wouldn't have reached it had he tried

12.6

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, poke. An unnecessary poke at a wide length ball. Nearly edges it. It's incredible how it works in domestic cricket. You keep bowling wide, wide, wide, and then some batsman loses patience and begins to poke

End of over 13 (1 run) Saurashtra 19/2
AV Vasavada    5* (16b 1x4)      SN Thakur    4-1-6-0
SH Kotak    9* (30b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    6-3-6-2

13.1

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, length ball, pitches in front of off, angles away, and is left alone

13.2

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, on the pads, Kotak early to close the face, and ends up with a soft leading edge back to Kulkarni

13.3

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, appeal for lbw as this length seems to have held its line after pitching in front of off. The line looks good, but the bounce seems to be carrying it over. Hits him over the knee roll

13.4

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, full and wide, left alone

13.5

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, on a length, middle and off, defended back to him

13.6

Kulkarni to Kotak, no run, short of a length, seaming away, seems like Kotak has been beaten, but he stays back and pushes well inside the line of the ball, giving the impression he played at it. On watching the replay, he did push at it, and he was indeed beaten

End of over 14 (maiden) Saurashtra 19/2
SH Kotak    9* (36b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    7-4-6-2
AV Vasavada    5* (16b 1x4)      SN Thakur    4-1-6-0

14.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, Thakur back to normal routine of bowling wide

14.2

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, another wasted delivery well wide outside off

14.3

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, and an action replay. Wide, left alone

14.4

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended off the back foot. Almost a push, actually

14.5

Thakur to Vasavada, FOUR, wide full toss, Vasavada has had enough of leaving, and drives this square for a four

Round the wicket. That angle might help him make the batsmen play at deliveries

14.6

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, appeal for lbw as he beats the inside edge with the angle. It's full enough for height to not be an issue, but the umpire thinks it is headed down leg. And he is right too

End of over 15 (4 runs) Saurashtra 23/2
AV Vasavada    9* (22b 2x4)      SN Thakur    5-1-10-0
SH Kotak    9* (36b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    7-4-6-2

Agarkar comes back. Replaces Kulkarni, who has taken both the wickets

15.1

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, full, on off, defended back to AA

15.2

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, god leave. Short of a length, just outside off, Kotak covers the stumps, and then shoulders arms

15.3

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, another leave, but this is too close for comfort. Length ball, pitched just outside off, he leaves it alone and the ball shapes back in. Very close to hitting the off stump

15.4

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

15.5

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, appeal for lbw. Agarkar is getting the shape back in to make it a good shout, but the bounce and inside edge have saved Kotak

15.6

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, digs this in short. Kotak follows it outside off, lucky not to edge it

Time for a drink

End of over 16 (maiden) Saurashtra 23/2
SH Kotak    9* (42b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    4-1-6-0
AV Vasavada    9* (22b 2x4)      SN Thakur    5-1-10-0

Thakur to continue with his (hopefully not) wide bowling

Hopefully the angle from round the stumps will help

16.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, yes the angle works. Short of a length, angling in, defended off the back foot

16.2

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, fuller, angling in again, defended off the front foot

16.3

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 run, angling into the pads, nicely pushed past midwicket, but with Kotak you are going to get only one for this

16.4

Thakur to Kotak, no run, bouncer, way way wide down the leg side. I don't see a way you can play these balls. Wonder why they are not being called wides

Saxena: "Che Pujara should have skipped the ODI and played the final. After all, he is India's No 3 now and this is the premier game in that format. Thanks for the live commentary."

16.5

Thakur to Kotak, no run, that's wide on the other end of the pitch, and gets away with one again. That's pitched almost outside the pitch. A very ordinary spell of bowling

Goes back over the stumps

16.6

Thakur to Kotak, no run, and this is wider than the previous delivery, and the umpires continue to not punish him. You can't touch those balls with fishing poles, let alone bats

End of over 17 (1 run) Saurashtra 24/2
SH Kotak    9* (45b 1x4)      SN Thakur    6-1-11-0
AV Vasavada    10* (25b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-1-6-0

17.1

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, length ball, on off, holding its line, pushed to cover

17.2

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, angling away, left alone

17.3

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, short, rising towards the chest, Vasavada fends it well, keeps it down with soft hands

17.4

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on off, defended from the crease

17.5

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, pokes at one length ball on off, and is beaten by the slight seam movement

As I mentioned earlier, the captain, Jaydev Shah, has been batting at No. 4 in all the matches in Rajkot, but here it is the young man playing his first season

17.6

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, wider, and left alone this time

End of over 18 (maiden) Saurashtra 24/2
AV Vasavada    10* (31b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    5-2-6-0
SH Kotak    9* (45b 1x4)      SN Thakur    6-1-11-0

Finally, Thakur is taken off. Those overs were a write-off. He hardly made any batsman play. Here is Abhishek Nayar

18.1

Nayar to Kotak, no run, full and straight, slight swing away, defended back to him

SanjayN: "Thakur bowling 1st change for the Ranji Finalist is a poor reflection on the state of Indian bowling nationally. Quite frankly, Mumbai are a tad fortunate to be in the final with this bowling attack."

18.2

Nayar to Kotak, no run, floated outside off, left alone

18.3

Nayar to Kotak, no run, short and wide, and left alone

18.4

Nayar to Kotak, no run, beaten outside off as the ball goes with the angle. A very loose push from Kotak

18.5

Nayar to Kotak, no run, full, middle and leg, swings down big time, and needs a big dive from Tare to prevent byes

18.6

Nayar to Kotak, no run, wide, outside off, left alone

End of over 19 (maiden) Saurashtra 24/2
SH Kotak    9* (51b 1x4)      AM Nayar    1-1-0-0
AV Vasavada    10* (31b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    5-2-6-0

19.1

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, no room, Vasavada tall on his feet to defend

19.2

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

19.3

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, kicks off that length, Tare collects it head high as Vasavada lets it go

Round the wicket now

19.4

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, holds its line outside off, but starts too wide to make him play

19.5

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, fuller, angling in, defended off the front foot

19.6

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

End of over 20 (maiden) Saurashtra 24/2
AV Vasavada    10* (37b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    6-3-6-0
SH Kotak    9* (51b 1x4)      AM Nayar    1-1-0-0

20.1

Nayar to Kotak, no run, wide delivery, swinging away, left alone

20.2

Nayar to Kotak, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, defended in front of the pads

20.3

Nayar to Kotak, 1 run, nudged away off the pads for a single

Kotak seems to have pulled a muscle going for this quick single. He is not the lightest on his feet. Is this a cramp or a muscle pull?

Kotak might need to retire-hurt here. There are no runners available in cricket today. he is getting some attention from Saurashtra's support staff

Kotak is back on his feet now

20.4

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, wide length ball, moves away to become wider, left alone

20.5

Nayar to Vasavada, FOUR, nearly gone. Full, on the pads, Vasavada is early to play it to leg, gets a thick leading edge that goes between the two slips and gully

20.6

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

End of over 21 (5 runs) Saurashtra 29/2
AV Vasavada    14* (40b 3x4)      AM Nayar    2-1-5-0
SH Kotak    10* (54b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-3-6-0

21.1

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, Kotak drives, but finds straight cover with it

21.2

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, short of a length, wide, angling further away, no need to play at it

21.3

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, on a length, middle and off, Kotak stays back to defend

21.4

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, full, swinging in, dangerous delivery, Kotak's bat comes bat comes down just in time

21.5

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, this starts wider outside off and is left alone

21.6

Agarkar to Kotak, FOUR, half-volley, no mid-off in place, and he off-drives this through that region for four

End of over 22 (4 runs) Saurashtra 33/2
SH Kotak    14* (60b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    7-3-10-0
AV Vasavada    14* (40b 3x4)      AM Nayar    2-1-5-0

"Are the Mumbai bowlers really bowling so exceptionally well as to warrant a run-rate below 1.5?" No, Lalit, this has been a highly uninspiring session of play. Mumbai have been bowling wide outside off, but Saurashtra batsmen haven't been too good either. In between is a good pitch with good seam movement going unused. If at all, the pitch has resulted in the Saurashtra captain, used to batting at No. 4 in Rajkot, demoting himself

First signs of spin. Vishal Dabholkar to bowl

22.1

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, defended to mid-on

22.2

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, flighted, middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

A slip and a short leg in for this SLA bowler

22.3

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, flighted outside off, defended with an open face

22.4

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, right forward to smother whatever little turn is imparted on this flighted delivery

22.5

Dabholkar to Vasavada, 1 run, angled in to the pads, flatter, nudged away for a single around the corner

22.6

Dabholkar to Kotak, no run, full, middle and off, defended to short leg

End of over 23 (1 run) Saurashtra 34/2
SH Kotak    14* (61b 2x4)      VV Dabholkar    1-0-1-0
AV Vasavada    15* (45b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    7-3-10-0

23.1

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, on a length, on off, holding its line, defended with an open face

23.2

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, on off again, holding its line slightly, and defended to mid-off

23.3

Agarkar to Vasavada, 1 run, on the pads this time, helped away for a single

23.4

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, length ball, outside off, angling away, left alone

23.5

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, bouncer, on off, doesn't get too high, but Kotak manages to duck under it

23.6

Agarkar to Kotak, no run, length ball, pitches on off, angles away, is left alone

End of over 24 (1 run) Saurashtra 35/2
SH Kotak    14* (64b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    8-3-11-0
AV Vasavada    16* (48b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    1-0-1-0

24.1

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, turning in slightly, defended off the front foot

24.2

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, flatter, shorter, defended off the back foot

24.3

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, fuller, outside off, defended off the front foot

24.4

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, tossed up outside off, Vasavada smothers the turn

24.5

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, another forward-defensive

24.6

Dabholkar to Vasavada, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away for a single

End of over 25 (1 run) Saurashtra 36/2
AV Vasavada    17* (54b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    2-0-2-0
SH Kotak    14* (64b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    8-3-11-0

"Uninspiring batting? No ways. I think this is excellent batting. give the first session to the bowlers and the next two are yours. The Indian team too needs batsmen who have a temperament like the legendary Kotak! Love his determination."

Prat, I am sure you missed Jogiyani and Dave. Kulkarni comes back for a spell before lunch

25.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball outside off, slight angle away, left alone

25.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended in front of off

25.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, that's a ripper. Kulkarni has been the best bowler on the show. This is like a fast offbreak. Short of a length, pitched outside leg, and then seams away to square him up and beat the edge

WV Raman has long ago made the observation that this man will struggle against quick deliveries pitched anywhere around the leg stump

25.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, this is outside off, and has been left alone

25.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, angling away, no need to play at it

25.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length, middle and leg, defended in front of off

End of over 26 (maiden) Saurashtra 36/2
AV Vasavada    17* (60b 3x4)      DS Kulkarni    8-5-6-2
SH Kotak    14* (64b 2x4)      VV Dabholkar    2-0-2-0

Round the wicket now

26.1

Dabholkar to Kotak, no run, pitched on off, holding its line, hits the pad high, hence only a stifled lbw shout

26.2

Dabholkar to Kotak, OUT, Kotak plays an uncharacteristically loose shot. And this is a big wicket. Short of a length, outside off, goes with the arm, Kotak pushes at it, playing for the turn, and edges it to slip

SH Kotak c Jaffer b Dabholkar 14 (128m 66b 2x4 0x6) SR: 21.21

No Jaydev Shah in sight. Sheldon Jackson to bat now

26.3

Dabholkar to Jackson, no run, flat, into the pads, defended to leg

26.4

Dabholkar to Jackson, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

26.5

Dabholkar to Jackson, 1 run, short of a length, dabbed wide of point for a single

Ashish: "No offence to Kotak, but IMO now days test are won with being aggressive and circumspect. We don't have concept of winning a test on first innings lead or by flip of a toss when you go to the international level."

26.6

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, flighted, middle and off, defended back to him

End of over 27 (1 run) Saurashtra 37/3
AV Vasavada    17* (61b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    3-0-3-1
SP Jackson    1* (3b)      DS Kulkarni    8-5-6-2

27.1

Kulkarni to Jackson, no run, full, swinging in, defended from the crease

Jackson is probably Saurashtra's best batsman after Pujara, who by the way is keeping benches warm in the cold Mohali and Dharamsala

27.2

Kulkarni to Jackson, 4 byes, bouncer, Jackson ducks under it, the ball swings after passing the batsman, and swings big time to beat Tare for four byes

27.3

Kulkarni to Jackson, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to straight short midwicket

"Do you think Rajkot being their home ground is hindering Saurashtra batsmen's development? to quote Sourav Ganguly "Rajkot is the flattest pitch with the fastest outfield in the country"!!!" Mohit Garg, Pujara found a way around it. So it depends on the individuals, I suppose

27.4

Kulkarni to Jackson, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

27.5

Kulkarni to Jackson, no run, lovely delivery. Kulkarni is bending his back and is drawing help from the pitch. This one kicks from just short of a length, and passes him chest high just outside off. Jackson drops his wrists well

27.6

Kulkarni to Jackson, FOUR, Jackson goes after this short ball with all his might, and gets a healthy edge to clear the slips and get a one-bounce four

End of over 28 (8 runs) Saurashtra 45/3
SP Jackson    5* (9b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    9-5-10-2
AV Vasavada    17* (61b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    3-0-3-1

"Sid can u confirm whether the entry for this ranji final is free or not?" Altaf, it is not. I think the tickets are priced at Rs 50 and Rs 100

28.1

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, down the wicket, drives it to mid-off

28.2

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, defended well

28.3

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, another forward-defensive

28.4

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, half-volley, on off, driven back to the bowler

28.5

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, cut away, can't beat point

28.6

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, ends the over with a block off the front foot

End of over 29 (maiden) Saurashtra 45/3
AV Vasavada    17* (67b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    4-1-3-1
SP Jackson    5* (9b 1x4)      DS Kulkarni    9-5-10-2

29.1

Kulkarni to Jackson, no run, loose stroke. Kulkarni looks like getting a wicket every over. Short of a lenght, holds its line, Jackson pushes at it away from the body. Lucky to not edge it

29.2

Kulkarni to Jackson, OUT, and Kulkarni gets the wicket. The big one of Jackson's. Not great technique this outside Rajkot. No foot movement, and he pushes at a short-of-a-length ball outside off. Kulkarni gets it to hold its line, and takes the edge through

SP Jackson c †Tare b Kulkarni 5 (11m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

"Tickets are priced at 50 rs for North Stand and Vijay Merchant pavilion and Rs150 for Garware Pavilion.Entry is free for School/College students on School/Colege ID cards." Thanks for that, Mihir

And I am sure they are all lining up to watch the brave captain Jaydev Shah bat, who has dropped himself down the order to shore up the lower half of the batting. They are crucial runs, you know

29.3

Kulkarni to Shah, no run, defended off the front foot

29.4

Kulkarni to Shah, no run, beaten outside off as he pushes without conviction

29.5

Kulkarni to Shah, no run, plays inside the line of a ball that is angled across him

29.6

Kulkarni to Shah, no run, wide of the crease, length ball, middle and off, defended back to him

End of over 30 (wicket maiden) Saurashtra 45/4
JN Shah    0* (4b)      DS Kulkarni    10-6-10-3
AV Vasavada    17* (67b 3x4)      VV Dabholkar    4-1-3-1

30.1

Dabholkar to Vasavada, FOUR, down the wicket, gets right to the pitch of the ball, and drives beautifully between mid-off and cover

30.2

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, full and wide and flat, left alone

30.3

Dabholkar to Vasavada, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for one

30.4

Dabholkar to Shah, no run, flat, middle and off, defended off the back foot

30.5

Dabholkar to Shah, OUT, Shah doesn't survive too long. Playing outside Rajkot after a while, Saurashtra are collapsing here. Full, middle and leg, chipped away to short midwicket. It's the pressure of the seam bowling from the other end

JN Shah c Shah b Dabholkar 0 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kamlesh Makvana coming in at No. 7

30.6

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, flat, into the pads, pushed to square leg

End of over 31 (5 runs) Saurashtra 50/5
KR Makvana    0* (1b)      VV Dabholkar    5-1-8-2
AV Vasavada    22* (70b 4x4)      DS Kulkarni    10-6-10-3

Last over before lunch coming up

31.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

31.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, defended in front of the rib cage

Round the wicket now

31.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, dug in short, just outside off, Vasavada sways out of its line

31.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone after covering the angle with a stride forward

Mel: "Maybe tad too early to comment...but the gap between 'forever champions' and first time finalists looks to be just large to expect any other end result!"

31.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

cris: "Unless Unadkat produces a blistering spell, this is going to be one of those finals where Mumbai bat till the end of time and score something ridiculous like 700/6. Pity Punjab aren't here. This could have been a more even game with Sid Kaul, Gony and Sandeep Sharma on a seaming track.."

31.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, worked away to leg for a single

12.03pm That's lunch. Mumbai's session without doubt, Kulkarni has bowled really well to lead the charge, and that pressure has resulted in two wickets for Dabholkar too. Mumbai playing like a team that has lost only four of the 43 finals it has made. This session also puts Saurashtra's runs in Rajkot in perspective. I will be back with the second session at around 12.40pm

End of over 32 (1 run) Saurashtra 51/5
AV Vasavada    23* (76b 4x4)      DS Kulkarni    11-6-11-3
KR Makvana    0* (1b)      VV Dabholkar    5-1-8-2

Mumbai are breaking out of their huddle at the edge of the field. They will want to run through the rest without any drama

12.40pm Back. "Mumbai can achieve the unique feat of winning all age groups tournament," says Mihir. "Mumbai have already won U-25 .Well placed in the ranji final. 270/2 vs Delhi in U-16 vijay merchant trophy final. U-19 cooch behar final starts tommorow.Champion stuff aint it ?"

Only to update the scores, says Mihir: "A little bit of update from U-16 final .Mumbai have reached 402/2 .Wassim Jaffers Nephew armaan jaffer on 111 not out"

Abhishek speaks of the other side of the story: "Its a pity that both of Saurashtra main batsmen in recent times are not in playing XI of the India's premier domestic tournament Finals... instead playing (Non-playing) a dead rubber in an already won series... couldn't the Ranji Final be played after the final ODI... :("

32.1

Dabholkar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, flat, defended to leg

32.2

Dabholkar to Vasavada, 1 run, worked past short leg for a single

32.3

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, short of a length, into the pads, no turn, defended to square leg

32.4

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

32.5

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, on a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

32.6

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, quicker, flatter, defended to leg

End of over 33 (1 run) Saurashtra 52/5
KR Makvana    0* (5b)      VV Dabholkar    6-1-9-2
AV Vasavada    24* (78b 4x4)      DS Kulkarni    11-6-11-3

Shardul "wide" Thakur comes back into the attack. Can he get it right this time?

33.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, starts with a wide delivery down the leg side

33.2

Thakur to Vasavada, FOUR, full and wide, driven with an open face, past cover. Not much feet movement but he makes good connection

33.3

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 wide, wide again, and this time finally he has been wided by the umpire

Two slips and a gully

33.3

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, and he is aiming for that cordon only by bowling so wide. Left alone

33.4

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, dug out to cover

It's not as if Thakur is bowling at 150kmph and losing direction. He is bowling wide at 130-135kmph

33.5

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, appeal for a catch at the wicket, but this is well down leg side and there is no way he has got any touch on it

33.6

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, and finishes off with a wide delivery well outside off stump

End of over 34 (5 runs) Saurashtra 57/5
AV Vasavada    28* (84b 5x4)      SN Thakur    7-1-16-0
KR Makvana    0* (5b)      VV Dabholkar    6-1-9-2

Slip, gully and silly point

34.1

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, this one holds its line in front of leg, defended off the back foot

34.2

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, fuller, outside off, pushed to cover

34.3

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, tossed up wide, Makvana accepts the invite, but can't beat cover with the drive

34.4

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, flatter, shorter, defended off the front foot

34.5

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, full, middle and off, defended off the front foot

34.6

Dabholkar to Makvana, no run, fuller, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

End of over 35 (maiden) Saurashtra 57/5
KR Makvana    0* (11b)      VV Dabholkar    7-2-9-2
AV Vasavada    28* (84b 5x4)      SN Thakur    7-1-16-0

"I wonder if Thakur has been instructed by the management to bowl outside off stump,acting as the bowler who dries up the runs and frustrates the batsman, while Mumbai look for wickets from other end" It can't be, Amogh, because he is bowling wide on both sides of the batsmen

35.1

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 wide, wide again. Tare collects it in front of slip. Wided by the umpire now

Round the wicket now

35.1

Thakur to Vasavada, (no ball) 1 run, this time he bowls a no-ball. Angling into the pads, worked away for a single

35.1

Thakur to Makvana, no run, wide outside off, swings away, left alone

Three slips and a gully

35.2

Thakur to Makvana, no run, finally on the stumps. Short of a length, no movement, defended off the back foot

SanjayN: "Agarkar releasing the pressure by resuming the session with Thakur is captaincy straight out of the "Test Cricket by MSD" manual."

35.3

Thakur to Makvana, no run, on a length, on off, Makvana stays beside the line to defend. Better deliveries from Thakur

Agarkar loosens up

35.4

Thakur to Makvana, 2 runs, out of nowhere there is a chance. Short of a length, Makvana throws his bat at it, gets a thick edge but wide of the diving Dabholkar at gully

Two gullies in now

35.5

Thakur to Makvana, no run, and he goes back to bowling wide outside off. Lucky not to see outstretched arms of the umpire when turning around

35.6

Thakur to Makvana, 1 run, punched off the back foot between point and square gully. The gully's dive deflects the ball wide of point, and gives him a single

End of over 36 (6 runs) Saurashtra 63/5
KR Makvana    3* (17b)      SN Thakur    8-1-22-0
AV Vasavada    29* (85b 5x4)      VV Dabholkar    7-2-9-2

Agarkar is back. Makes sense. Try to finish Saurashtra off. Three slips and a gully

36.1

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, short of a length, into the ribs, defended to leg

arun: "With the Saurashtra batting line-up struggling withput quality, Pujara has the right to be very upset if he is not selected in the playing xi tomorrow!"

36.2

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, full, on off, pushed to mid-off

36.3

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, short of a length, slightly wide, Makvana tries a one-day dab at it, and is beaten

36.4

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, fuller, on off, pushed to cover

36.5

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, dug in short, Makvana tries to play the upper-cut, and is beaten again

36.6

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, full, outside off, Makvana doesn't play at this

End of over 37 (maiden) Saurashtra 63/5
KR Makvana    3* (23b)      AB Agarkar    9-4-11-0
AV Vasavada    29* (85b 5x4)      SN Thakur    8-1-22-0

Thakur gets another over. Round the stumps

37.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

37.2

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, fuller, angling in, defended off the front foot

37.3

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 wide, bouncer, wild and wide down leg, and wided

Thakur gets a pat on the back from captain Agarkar as he walks back to his mark

37.3

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for a single

37.4

Thakur to Makvana, no run, wide length ball, left alone

Three slips and two gullies for Makvana

37.5

Thakur to Makvana, no run, wide again, and not played at again

Thakur has made Tare earn his match fee

37.6

Thakur to Makvana, no run, and another uninterrupted delivery through to Tare

End of over 38 (2 runs) Saurashtra 65/5
KR Makvana    3* (26b)      SN Thakur    9-1-24-0
AV Vasavada    30* (88b 5x4)      AB Agarkar    9-4-11-0

38.1

Agarkar to Vasavada, FOUR, draws him into a loose drive outside off with some swing away, but the thick edge flies between the two slips and gully

38.2

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, bouncer, over the top of off stumps, Vasavada sways out of its line

38.3

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, dug in short again, but outside off, and he drops his wrists and stays away from its line

38.4

Agarkar to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

38.5

Agarkar to Vasavada, 1 run, on a length, on off, drops it wide of point and takes a single

38.6

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, wide length ball, swinging away too, no need to do anything with it

End of over 39 (5 runs) Saurashtra 70/5
KR Makvana    3* (27b)      AB Agarkar    10-4-16-0
AV Vasavada    35* (93b 6x4)      SN Thakur    9-1-24-0

39.1

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to mid-off

39.2

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, wide outside off, and Tare does the rest

39.3

Thakur to Vasavada, 1 no ball, good bouncer, but he has overstepped. Vasavada is uncomfortable negotiating this as this doesn't get too high and also follows him with the angle. Perhaps the best ball he has bowled all day

39.3

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, and that bouncer has had its effect. Throws up a wide length ball, Vasavada goes after it, and is beaten

39.4

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, Vasavada back to leaving those wide floaters alone

"I hope Agarkar's pat wasnt a sarcastic remark by you." Shaleen, it was pure reporting of facts

39.5

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, wide full toss, he wouldn't have reached it had he tried with a bat twice the length he is holding

39.6

Thakur to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to cover

End of over 40 (1 run) Saurashtra 71/5
AV Vasavada    35* (100b 6x4)      SN Thakur    10-1-25-0
KR Makvana    3* (27b)      AB Agarkar    10-4-16-0

SanjayN: "Instead of getting frustrated, I'm now finding it exciting to read Sid's commentary on Thakur's bowling. How many wides can he bowl without getting wided by the umps? And now he's even added no-balls to his bag of tricks, Ashwin would be proud."

40.1

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, nice short ball. Follows him as he tries to sway out of its line, and nearly gets the glove. The crowd likes it and lets it known through loud cheers

40.2

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, follows it with a wide full ball, and is left alone

40.3

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, on a length, on off, driven on the up, but not past cover

40.4

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, short of a length, punched to cover

40.5

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, dug in short, Makvana shelves the upper-cut this time

40.6

Agarkar to Makvana, FOUR, length ball, driven away uppishly, goes off the outside half of the bat and wide of point for four

End of over 41 (4 runs) Saurashtra 75/5
KR Makvana    7* (33b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    11-4-20-0
AV Vasavada    35* (100b 6x4)      SN Thakur    10-1-25-0

Kulkarni is back. Just as well

41.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, angling away, left alone

41.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, pitches leg, makes him play, which he does solidly

41.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length again, middle and off, angling away, defended

41.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, slightly fuller, but Vasavada defends from inside the crease

41.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, looks to cut this shortish delivery, but his feet don't move and he is lucky to get a safe bottom edge

41.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball outside off, angling away, left alone

End of over 42 (maiden) Saurashtra 75/5
AV Vasavada    35* (106b 6x4)      DS Kulkarni    12-7-11-3
KR Makvana    7* (33b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    11-4-20-0

42.1

Agarkar to Makvana, 2 runs, short of a length, into the body, tucked around the corner for a couple

CR: "Arpit is in for a long innings. He'll take it all the way unless DK delivers a unplayable one."

42.2

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, dug in short, over the line of the stumps, Makvana moves away from its line

42.3

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, dug in short again, this time he stands tall and fends, and does well

42.4

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, a proper bouncer this time, and Makvana sways out of the line

42.5

Agarkar to Makvana, no run, short of a length, tucked away off the hip, but can't beat square leg

42.6

Agarkar to Makvana, FOUR, short and wide, and superbly cut away by Makvana for four. The point is square and two-thirds of the way back for that upper-cut, but he has no chance of fielding this regulation cut

End of over 43 (6 runs) Saurashtra 81/5
KR Makvana    13* (39b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    12-4-26-0
AV Vasavada    35* (106b 6x4)      DS Kulkarni    12-7-11-3

Mihir: "I suggest you to replace Shardul 'wide' Thakur to Shardul 'Yuvi" Thakur.Shardul Thakur came into limelight when he smashed six sixes in an over in Harris Shield in 2006 as a 15 year old.One more fact Shardul Thakur and Rohit Sharma played for same school !"

43.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short, but outside the line of leg, and easily negotiated

43.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, angling away from off, left alone

43.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended

Goes round the wicket

43.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, played with an open face, gets a single to deep point

43.5

Kulkarni to Makvana, no run, wide outside off, Makvana doesn't play at this shortish ball

43.6

Kulkarni to Makvana, no run, fuller, straighter, defended from the crease

End of over 44 (1 run) Saurashtra 82/5
KR Makvana    13* (41b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    13-7-12-3
AV Vasavada    36* (110b 6x4)      AB Agarkar    12-4-26-0

Nayar back into the attack

44.1

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, length, on off, angling away, left alone

Rags: "I just hope Mumbai are not complacent at this stage..The job is just half done, and they haven't got a great record this season of bowling to the tail..They also have to bat last.."

44.2

Nayar to Vasavada, 2 runs, short of a length, wide, punched away between point and cover

44.3

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, full, on off, defended off the front foot

44.4

Nayar to Vasavada, FOUR, another punch. The time he has timed it well enough to get four. Short of a length, slightly wider, gives him the room to play the shot, and he has placed it between cover and point

Point goes back now

44.5

Nayar to Vasavada, 1 run, push-driven to that deep point for one

Rags: "Apart from being a Diehard Mumbai cricket fan, the main reason I want to see them win is the anticipation of a mouth-watering Irani Cup..I know it is too early, but still am already looking that far..!!"

44.6

Nayar to Makvana, 1 run, length ball, swinging away, pushed to deepish point for one

And we can have a drink

End of over 45 (8 runs) Saurashtra 90/5
KR Makvana    14* (42b 2x4)      AM Nayar    3-1-13-0
AV Vasavada    43* (115b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    13-7-12-3

Sachin Tendulkar gives the team a talk during the drinks break. They have gone an hour without a wicket

And his chat has now become a one-on-one with Kulkarni

45.1

Kulkarni to Makvana, no run, length ball, on off, holding its line, defended to mid-on

SanjayN: "If six 6s in an over is Thakur's claim to fame, then surely it should be Shardul "Shaz" Thakur. After all, it's a Bombay/Mumbai thang."

45.2

Kulkarni to Makvana, no run, fuller, angling in, another solid defensive from Makvana

45.3

Kulkarni to Makvana, no run, wide now, and left alone easily

45.4

Kulkarni to Makvana, FOUR, straying down the pads, and nicely glanced away for a fine boundary to fine leg. Partnership 44 now

45.5

Kulkarni to Makvana, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off for one. Cheers at the Wankhede as Tendulkar does the fielding

Round the wicket to AV

45.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, holding its line in front of off, defended well

End of over 46 (5 runs) Saurashtra 95/5
AV Vasavada    43* (116b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    14-7-17-3
KR Makvana    19* (47b 3x4)      AM Nayar    3-1-13-0

Ankeet Chavan to bowl for the first time in the final. A slip, a silly point, a short cover in

46.1

Chavan to Makvana, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

46.2

Chavan to Makvana, no run, tossed up high now, middle and leg, played to leg

46.3

Chavan to Makvana, no run, some turn there, straightens from the leg-stump line, defended to leg

46.4

Chavan to Makvana, no run, flighted outside off, left alone after putting in a stride

46.5

Chavan to Makvana, no run, flighted outside off, driven into the shin pads of silly point

46.6

Chavan to Makvana, no run, quicker, into the pads, defended

End of over 47 (maiden) Saurashtra 95/5
KR Makvana    19* (53b 3x4)      AA Chavan    1-1-0-0
AV Vasavada    43* (116b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    14-7-17-3

Two slips and a gully as Kulkarni goes round the stumps

47.1

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, wide length ball, left alone

47.2

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, fuller, closer to off, defended off the front foot

47.3

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on off, blocked off the back foot

47.4

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, defended towards point

Back over the stumps

47.5

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, length ball, angling away, pushed with an open face to point

47.6

Kulkarni to Vasavada, no run, wide length ball, doesn't play at it

End of over 48 (maiden) Saurashtra 95/5
AV Vasavada    43* (122b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    15-8-17-3
KR Makvana    19* (53b 3x4)      AA Chavan    1-1-0-0

48.1

Chavan to Makvana, no run, flat delivery outside off, left alone

48.2

Chavan to Makvana, no run, full, on off, defended back to him

48.3

Chavan to Makvana, no run, defended off the front foot

48.4

Chavan to Makvana, no run, short of a length, on off, he transfers the weight back and defends

48.5

Chavan to Makvana, no run, flighted outside off, blocked off the front foot

48.6

Chavan to Makvana, no run, short of a length, on off, slight turn, defended without drama

End of over 49 (maiden) Saurashtra 95/5
KR Makvana    19* (59b 3x4)      AA Chavan    2-2-0-0
AV Vasavada    43* (122b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    15-8-17-3

Nayar replaces Kulkarni

49.1

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended off the back foot

49.2

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, slightly fuller, middle and off, defended from the crease

49.3

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, short of a length, on off, he is right behind it again

49.4

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, fuller, on off, push-driven to mid-off

49.5

Nayar to Vasavada, 2 runs, short, wide, cut away, square of deep point, gets a couple

Vasavada - with that prominent arm guard - reminds a bit of S Ramesh when playing certain shots

49.6

Nayar to Vasavada, no run, wide length ball, left alone

End of over 50 (2 runs) Saurashtra 97/5
AV Vasavada    45* (128b 7x4)      AM Nayar    4-1-15-0
KR Makvana    19* (59b 3x4)      AA Chavan    2-2-0-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Tournament Results
Mumbai v Saurashtra at Mumbai - Jan 26-28, 2013
Mumbai won by an innings and 125 runs
Services v Mumbai at Delhi - Jan 16-21, 2013
Match drawn (Mumbai won on 1st innings)
Saurashtra v Punjab at Rajkot - Jan 16-20, 2013
Saurashtra won by 229 runs
Jharkhand v Punjab at Jamshedpur - Jan 6-10, 2013
Match drawn (Punjab won on 1st innings)
Mumbai v Baroda at Mumbai - Jan 6-10, 2013
Match drawn (Mumbai won on 1st innings)
Saurashtra v Karnataka at Rajkot - Jan 6-10, 2013
Match drawn (Saurashtra won on 1st innings)
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Jan 28, 2013

Mumbai celebrate after sealing their 40th Ranji triumph, Mumbai v Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy, final, 3rd day, January 28, 2013

Mumbai celebrate after sealing their 40th Ranji triumph

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Jan 28, 2013

Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar receives the Ranji Trophy, Mumbai v Saurashtra, Ranji Trophy, final, 3rd day, January 28, 2013

Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar receives the Ranji Trophy

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