Inter-State T20 tournament 2016-17, West Zone January 29, 2017

Rahane, Tare blitz helps Mumbai cling on in high-scorer

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Ajinkya Rahane opened the batting for Mumbai and came away with his 31st T20 fifty © AFP

Ajinkya Rahane struck 78 off 53 balls, including 11 fours and a six and Aditya Tare bettered him with 79 off 41 balls to amass 211 for 3 for Mumbai and yet they could barely cling on to victory. Baroda were wilting at 84 for 5 in the 10th over when Vishnu Solanki took control, razing an unbeaten 69 off 34 balls at a strike-rate of 202. The game hurtled to a hair-raising finish at Reliance Stadium in Vadodara but, in the end, there were just too many runs to chase down.

Much of that was down to Rahane, who lost his place in the Indian T20 side, and the Mumbai captain Tare. They galloped along during their second-wicket partnership, putting on 152 runs in only 84 balls. There was only one bowler who could maintain an economy rate under 9 - Irfan Pathan, on the 11th anniversary of his taking a hat-trick in the very first over of the India-Pakistan Test in Mohali, conceded a mere 27 runs in his four overs. That's just over six runs an over in a match that threw up 416 runs at 10.4 per over.

File photo: Ankit Bawne's career-best score could not prevent a five-wicket win for Gujarat © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Baroda's challenge was based on a sound opening stand as Kedar Devdhar and Miten Shah put on 52 in 4.5 overes, but they were hurt badly as soon as they lost their first wicket. Pravin Tambe, the 45-year old legspinner, used that opening to dismiss Deepak Hooda and both Pathan brothers for single-digits to put Mumbai on top. He finished with 3 for 26 in four overs but had to spend much of his time on the field fretting as Solanki kept pushing. He put on 59 for sixth wicket with Swapnil Singh at 10.11 per over and 56 with the seventh with Soaeb Tai at over 16 an over. But eventually, he ran out of time.

Gujarat overcame Ankit Bawne's unbeaten 59-ball 90 to beat Maharashtra by five wickets. That Maharashtra posted 154 for 7 was down to a fifth-wicket partnership of 47 between Bawne and debutant Naushad Shaikh, and an unbroken eight-wicket stand of 45 off 20 balls between Bawne and debutant Jagdish. Offspinner Rujul Bhatt took 3 for 28, while the new-ball pair of Chintan Gaja and Ishwar Chaudhary impressed with figures of 2 for 30 and 1 for 16 in their respective quotas.

Gujarat lost two early wickets in the chase, and when Dhruv Raval was taken out for 20, they were 56 for 3. A half-century stand between Bhatt and Chirag Gandhi then kept them on course. Although Bhatt fell for 54 off 34 balls, and Jesal Karia was dismissed for a duck, Rohit Dahiya partnered Gandhi to knock off the remaining runs. Gandhi was unbeaten on 39 off 22 balls, while Dahiya's struck at 200 for his 32 not out.

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  • InsideHedge on January 30, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    Since Rohit Sharma isn't playing for Mumbai, I take it then that he's still not fit? I hope the selectors ensure he proves his form and fitness before making him an automatic selection for the upcoming Champions Trophy squad.

    Good to see Rahane get some runs but I don't see how this innings proves anything about his credentials for the Indian T20 starting XI. Personally, his kind of player - orthodox, timer, non power hitter has no place in modern T20s. Further, he isn't exceptional in the outfield, he's a specialist close catcher which is not critical in T20s, and of course he can't bowl.

    Unfortunately, or fortunately - the T20 game is well suited to what the Americans call a two-bit player. The muscular slogger who can score a quick 40 off 15 balls, covers the outfield quickly and powers in accurate, flat throws as well as being a safe pair of hands. It helps to roll your arm over for a couple of overs of leg stump darts.

  • CricketItihas on January 30, 2017, 8:01 GMT

    Syed Mutaq Ali is a very ordinary tournament. Instead of this, BCCI should organize one more round of FC/List A matches OR increase the no of IPL teams OR allow Indian players to play T20 leagues like Big Bash. Players like Rahane, Kedar, etc. will benefit more from Big Bash than Syed Mustaq Ali if they get selected there.

  • Oldtimer01 on January 30, 2017, 5:31 GMT

    Rahane is making a very good case for his inclusion in the T20 and ODI side. Hope selectors look at talent and form while selecting the team and give a fair chance to all deserving players. Rahane has been quite unlucky in that he has always been asked to move up and down the order (inspite of doing well in a particular position) just to accommodate players like rohit sharma).

  • zs32 on January 29, 2017, 20:58 GMT

    @PARAMNP9 - Tambe appeared very late in IPL (at the age of 40) and till then had played no first class cricket. It took Mumbai a couple of years to include him in FC team and he had a mixed bag there. But obviously he is a very good defensive spinner and is very accurate. Quite fit as well. Can still give some young players a run for their money. It is good that such experienced players play domestic cricket (though he didn't have much FC exp). Because national players play little to no domestic cricket and when people like Sachin, Saurav and Dravid retired, they retired from all forms and didn't play domestic. How will youngsters learn from their experience?

  • YogifromNY on January 29, 2017, 20:45 GMT

    In other news, the national selectors would rather select ageing "match winners" who win one in ten matches for India while sucking up momentum in the other nine games, than take the bankable Ajiknya Rahane.

  • paramnp9 on January 29, 2017, 17:40 GMT

    Good show by Rahane and Tare. It is sad that their main bowler is 45 year old. Where are the young bowlers?

  • Positivignesh on January 29, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    Where are the links to Gujarat vs Maharashtra game? What is the point of an online report if there are no hyperlinks to relevant other pages?

  •   cricfan58168152 on January 29, 2017, 11:21 GMT

    Aditya tare scored in 41 balls in 59 minutes.

  • cricfan38393454 on January 29, 2017, 11:17 GMT

    karnataka realy poor performance..why drop.t20 player .like uttappa. mithun.binni....its ok taha whate fielder...jk arun .realy hats up yu...ur poltical karnataka gone lover season should change him

  • Samyak_Sibasish on January 29, 2017, 10:55 GMT

    It's Vishnu Solanki, right? Vikram played for Surrey and England.

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