Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2013-14 April 2, 2014

Mumbai down Saurashtra, Pujara fifty in vain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cheteshwar Pujara's second T20 half-century was in vain as Saurashtra fell short of Mumbai's total by 16 runs at the Bandra-Kurla Complex ground in Mumbai. Chasing 146, Pujara, who opened the batting, led the chase with a steady 60-ball 62 that included seven fours and a six but didn't receive any support from the other batsmen, with Sheldon Jackson's 26 being the only other 20-plus score. By the time Pujara was dismissed, caught behind off Zaheer Khan, the chase was almost over with 31 required off nine balls.

In the end, the runs scored by the Mumbai lower order ended up being the difference. Mumbai were tottering at 99 for 5 in the 18th over with Arpit Vasavada, with figures of 4 for 19, having inflicted the most damage, but Sarfraz Khan smashed four fours and a six in a quickfire 36 while Santosh Naik blitzed an unbeaten 23 in seven deliveries to spoil Saurashtra's good work.

Baroda made it two wins out of two matches after bowling Gujarat out for 79 at the Wankhede Stadium and chasing down the target with six wickets in hand. Gujarat, who chose to bat, were left ruing that decision as Irfan Pathan took three wickets in five balls to leave them 12 for 3 in the third over. They never recovered, with only two batsmen getting into double figures and Smit Patel's 28 their top score. Legspinner Hardik Pandya was Baroda's other big wicket-taker, finishing with figures of 3 for 7 in four overs.

Baroda were in similarly dire straits at 12 for 3, before their two bowling heroes got together and steered them to safety with a 58-run fourth-wicket partnership. Pandya was out for 37, while Irfan remained unbeaten on 21 as Baroda won with 16 balls remaining.

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  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    cris89 you are talking junk here...agree with the fact that pujara do not any records to prove but definately he has the potential in shorter formats...may be not t20's but definately are saying he couldn't score at a strike rate of 50 mate grow up look at his Test strike rate its more than particularly about this innings there were no partners ..also you need to understand his role in the team...Dravid played a role of holding the innings for RR may be pujara role is similar..if it is so he cant throw his wicket and go bang bang from ball one...he is there to hold under crisis...which he did...but in t20 fire power has to come from some one/some time which he should specialise but thats definately not a requirement in ODI's if he playing up the order and I do not have much confidence in Rohit as he performs well mostly in subcontinent conditions..if he continues to fail we might find a role for Pujara as Opener which suits him!!!

  • krishna on April 2, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Dhoni is absolutely spot on in keeping Pujara out of the LOI side. Look at his innings here- scoring 62 at 100 SR during a chase of 147. This is a match losing knock. If this is what Pujara does against domestic trundlers, how can he score quickly against international bowlers? Pujara's performances in the Deodhar Trophy were also similar- he struggled to score above a SR of 60 against military medium bowling(not quality fast/spin bowling). West Zone got to decent scores only due to the other batsmen scoring quickly. But he got fifties in all the matches maintaining his high List A average. I don't think he can score above 50 SR in Aus/NZ conditions against quality bowling attacks. Choosing him in Indian ODI side will only put more pressure on Kohli/Dhoni. Better to groom someone like Rayudu, Tiwary etc.

  • Koteswara Rao on April 2, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Pujara - he is ready for all formats, But the cool guy not allowing him. He think he is slow - but not as wt he think

  • Naresh on April 2, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Pujara - has proved many times over that he is ready for any format. He is the AMLA of India.

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