Result
Final, Hyderabad (Deccan), Jan 12-16 2009, Ranji Trophy Super League
402 & 367
(71.5 ov, target 525)
245 & 281
Mumbai won by 243 runs
1y
• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Rohit and Samant shut out UP

Rohit Sharma played his second important innings of the Ranji Trophy final as Mumbai batted Uttar Pradesh out of the match

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Scorecard summary
Mumbai402(131 overs)1st Innings
Rohit Sharma141 (258)
RP Singh3/100(27)
Uttar Pradesh245(100.2 overs)1st Innings
Mumbai367(127 overs)2nd Innings
Vinayak Samant113 (239)
Rohit Sharma108 (146)
Uttar Pradesh281(71.5 overs)2nd Innings

The margin of victory is 243 runs and UP have lost the finals of the Ranji Trophy for the second successive time; they lost to Delhi last year. The last-wicket stand of 55 between Gupta and Amir Khan frustrated Mumbai for a while but barring that one agonising passage, Mumbai looked on top for almost all day. They did well to come back in this match after being 55 for 4 in the first innings. They recovered to 402, thanks to a century from Rohit Sharma and a qualitatively better 99 by Abhishek Nayar. Rohit was lucky and his innings proved decisive in the outcome; Mohammad Kaif dropped him twice and UP missed a couple of run-outs. Had they fielded better, the match would well have been a closely contested one. Shukla batted well in UP's first innings, but Zaheer Khan triggered a collapse to put his team firmly in control.

After having gained a first innings lead and batted UP out of the game in the second innings, the events on the final day would have only served an academic purpose. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was UP's star, taking five wickets in the first innings and impressing with the bat.

Mohammad Kaif: "We have a young team and they've been learning quite fast. We fielded first to get some early wickets and we weren't good with the fielding. Shukla batted well for us. We did get bogged down in the first innings and Zaheer bowled superbly to restrict us. Congratulations to Mumbai for playing so well throughout. I must thank all the staff and the younger members of the side to have played so well and I'm confident we'll be a better side in the future."

Wasim Jaffer holds aloft the Ranji Trophy

Jaffer: "I thought UP bowled really well in the first session but Rohit and Nayar brought us back to get to 400. We feel really proud to have won this and we have a great history behind us. Whenever, a new player comes into the Mumbai team, we expect him to perform outstandingly, so there is a huge responsibility on our shoulders. We have a superb Ranji record and there have been some outstanding performers for us this season, and I'm happy about my own form as well."

That's all from all of us here at Cricinfo. It's been a pleasure bringing you the coverage for the final stages of this tournament. Thank you for all your feedback. Two other really interesting ODI games today: Bangladesh are on the verge of upsetting Sri Lanka and Australia are locked in a close contest against South Africa.

On behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's goodbye from Siddhartha Talya on the commentary and S Raju from the scoring desk. Adios!

71.5
w
Kulkarni to Gupta, OUT
Mumbai win the Ranji Trophy for the 38th time, landing full outside off and he drives at it lazily to get an outside edge straight to first slip where Kukreja holds on this time. Dhawal has taken five and is now on par with Ravindra Jadeja to become the highest wicket-taker this Ranji season
P Gupta c sub (SO Kukreja) b Kulkarni 25 (41m 36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 69.44

Round the wicket to the left hander

71.4
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
good length outside off stump, swinging away, left alone
71.3
3
Kulkarni to Amir Khan, 3 runs
full on middle and leg, driven off the front foot wide of midwicket for three more
71.3
5nb
Kulkarni to Amir Khan, (no ball) FOUR runs
full outside off stump, angling in a touch, tries to drive it to cover, gets a thick outside edge wide of gully for a boundary
71.2
Kulkarni to Amir Khan, no run
good length outside off and swinging away a touch, left alone
71.1
Kulkarni to Amir Khan, no run
full on the off stump, driven crisply to cover off the front foot

So how long will Mumbai take to finish this off?

end of over 713 runs
UP: 273/9CRR: 3.84 
Amir Khan35 (52)
Praveen Gupta25 (34)
Sachin Tendulkar1-0-3-0

A frustrating time for Mumbai here as they've failed to dismantle the last pair who've added 47 in under ten overs. They've missed chances and have themselves to blame for this torturous passage

70.6
1
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, 1 run
dropped into the off side for a single
70.5
2
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, 2 runs
pushed through cover off the front foot
70.4
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, no run
defended on the front foot
70.3
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, no run
dropped, full outside off, drives and it's put down at second slip by Kukreja, the agony continues for Mumbai.
70.2
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, no run
flighted on middle and off, defended on the off side
70.1
Tendulkar to Amir Khan, no run
short on middle and off, pushed to cover off the back foot

Tendulkar to bowl

end of over 704 runs
UP: 270/9CRR: 3.85 
Praveen Gupta25 (34)
Amir Khan32 (46)
Dhawal Kulkarni18-1-69-4
69.6
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
full outside off, driven straight to cover off the front foot. Well struck but didn't pierce the field
69.5
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
kept low but played well, short of a good length on middle and leg, defended off the back foot to the off side
69.4
4
Kulkarni to Gupta, FOUR runs
full outside off and swinging away, slashes at it and slices it away over point for boundary
69.3
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
short of a good length on middle, turned away to midwicket
69.2
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
short outside off, swinging away and left alone
69.1
Kulkarni to Gupta, no run
short outside off, tries to pull it away towards square leg, a touch too high for him to do that, misses
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
TossUttar Pradesh , elected to field first
SeriesRanji Trophy Super League 2008
Series resultMumbai won the 2008/09 Ranji Trophy Super League
Season2008/09
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 16.30
Match days12,13,14,15,16 January 2009 (5-day match)
Umpires
Amiesh Saheba
Shavir Tarapore
TV Umpire
Sudhir Asnani
Match Referee
Divakar Vasu