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December 22, 2007
Mumbai 208 (Anand Singh 98, Jadhav 6-74) and 283 for 8 (Chitnis 99, Chavan 53*, Dole 5-56) beat Maharashtra 277 (Joshi 88*) and 213 (Shilakar 53, Chavan 6-43) by two wickets
Mumbai claimed the CK Nayudu Trophy after defeating Maharashtra by two wickets in a close final of the all-India Under-22 tournament in Visakhapatnam.
The four-day final was a fight to the finish, with Mumbai reaching their target of 283 with 2.2 mandatory overs to spare on the last day. The chase was led by 99 from Siddharth Chitnis, while Ankit Chavan followed up his six-wicket haul in Maharastra's second innings with an unbeaten 53.
It was a spirited effort from the Mumbai side which was captained by Sushant Marathe, who has played in the Ranji Trophy as well. They conceded a 69-run first-innings lead, but came back to dismiss Maharashtra for 213 in the second innings.
Aditya Dole, who had taken all ten wickets in an innings during an earlier match against Rajasthan, threatened to wreck Mumbai's chances with his 5 for 56. However, the Mumbai batsmen managed to string together useful partnerships, with Chitnis adding 76 with Marathe (48), 78 with Aditya Tare (42) and 46 with Chavan, who went on to steer his team to a win.
Pradeep Sunderam, the Mumbai coach, hoped that his team's success would motivate the city's Ranji team. "When your bench strength excels, it is bound to motivate the seniors," he told THEHindustan Times. "I hope the Ranji side will also live up to the expectations." Sunderam was also pleased that the team had managed to win despite missing a few players who were required for the Ranji Trophy.
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