Mumbai v Gujarat, Ranji Trophy, 9th round, 4th day January 1, 2013

Mumbai abort chase, settle for a draw


Gujarat 244 (Parthiv 101, Chavan 3-54) and 337 (Juneja 98, Chavan 4-124) drew with Mumbai 447 (Jaffer 171, Kushang 3-79) and 65 for 1 (H Shah 42*)

Mumbai aborted a chase of 135 off a minimum of 41 overs and instead settled for three points for the first innings lead against Gujarat in their last Ranji Trophy Group A game at the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium.

The Mumbai bowlers were made to toil for more than half the day's play, courtesy Manprit Juneja and Chirag Gandhi's attractive batting. So, Mumbai had to keep the scoreboard flowing in order to achieve the target that was not out of reach by any means, especially since the wicket was playing true even on the fourth day.

With Wasim Jaffer, who anchored the first innings with a trademark 171, having to rush to a hospital in the morning since his father suffered a cardiac arrest, Aditya Tare walked out to bat along with Kaustubh Pawar. But the duo showed little intent of going for the target. The only instance of Mumbai trying for six points came when Hiken Shah, replacing Tare who was caught behind the wicket in the eighth over, hit left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv for four boundaries in an over before tea.

However, the half an hour following the tea break saw neither Pawar nor Shah trying to up the ante, even when Parthiv Patel took his gloves off and rolled his arm over, making it evident they were settling for a draw. As a result, it did not come as a surprise when both the teams shook hands at the start of the mandatory overs.

"It wasn't really going to matter eventually - whether we went for the target or not. The fact is we have achieved the objective of qualifying for the semi-final. It doesn't really matter whether we qualify second or third since the line-up for second and third teams from top two groups is going to be decided by chits," Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni said.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Mumbai coach does not understand the difference between a draw and a win!

  • Vivek on January 2, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The Dominica 2012 instance will continue to haunt Indian cricket time and again.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    This kind of attitude towards winning and settling for a draw should concern BCCI. The same attitude will also prevail at international cricket and then we'll be settling for draws instead of developing the killer instinct to go for outright wins.

    I hope teams get penalized when they play for a draw when they had a chance to win :/

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    good news for Mumbai for sachin played. all those said unfair to MP & Gujarat, Mumbai played well in all the match

  • Anup on January 1, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    The point rules of Ranji Trophy is pathetic.. Mumbai has won only one match yet the qualify to knockout. That is unfair to Gujarat, Railways and MP

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Not sure how you can call return of a non-performing Sachin who just requires 2 straight, over-pitched balls above 125 KPH on his middle stump to lose his wicket.

    In fact, I feel Sachin will become a problem for Agarkar - he will not score at any sensible pace, will insist on abusing the respect Indians have for him & bat at # 4, the most critical position in any batting line-up & do nothing of note.

    Worse - Sachin will come in & occupy a slot that was traditionally assigned to someone who delivers. So Sachin being available is BAD NEWS for Mumbai.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Fans might say pathetic attitude by Mumbai. But they had everything to loose had they went on to chase. Fixing the opponent is also out of question as indicated by Sulakshan Kulkarni. But for Mumbai, already Zaheer and Jaffer were out of batting lineup. Had there been a collapse, they would have been out of knockouts. Also Mumbai for whole season have preferred a bit more rest rather than chance of injuring a player in this packed schedule.

  • Vinay on January 1, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Well done karnataka, but why the hell u people will always choose to bowl first even though you are performing well while batting first. check out the performance of this particular series itself.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Well Done Karnataka..Do well In QF's..

  • Suhas on January 1, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    What a fantastic last-minute squeeze by Karnataka! Amazing chase in the end after Maharashtra looked set to spoil K'taka's party with a stubborn second innings fightback. Perhaps the most closely fought league stage in recent years. The result of Delhi match also went in K'taka's favour. Augers well.

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