that's the win! it's all ovahh! Dinda gives himself room and goes for a heave ho on the on-side! the ball gets the top edge and skies towards point, Wasim Jaffer runs from gully, Abhishek Nair runs from the direction of cover, a near collision takes place but Nair manages to hang onto it comfortably
Scenes of jubilation all around and the home crowd are ecstatic! Nope, this is not an international game. Mumbai win their 37th Ranji Trophy title in unbelievable circumstances. Just think of this - zero points from their first three matches and a score of 0-5 in the semi-finals! Just how many people would have bet on them to win? Not many, certainly not this writer. Yet they managed to confound thre critics and that's what makes their journey so poetic.
Bengal seemed like thet had it in the bag when Gavaskar and Ganguly were around but that one breakthrough from Agarkar turned it all. Zaheer Khan returned to decimate the lower order to pick up his second five-for. What a debut match he's had.
We're ready for the presentation ceremony. Deep Dasgupta collects the runners-up trophy. He applauds his team for contributing when the chips were down. A word of praise for Ganguly as well.
Amol Muzumdar collects the rather massive winner's trophy. Here's what he had to say - "This has been a tremendous season and a complete team effort. We always believed in ourselves and that's why we're here. Full credit to Bengal and for making it the most memorable finals. We always believed we had enough runs. It's a tremendous effort by Sachin Tendulkar. There is no substitute to his commitment. The crowd has also been tremendous."
That's it from us here. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this classique to you. We hope you enjoyed our company over the last four days. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran signing off. Cheers!
good length delivery, carefully steered to point
Zaheer digs it in, early wake up call for Dinda
Ashok Dinda walks in, Mumbai just one wicket away from a win
Zak's on fire! classic left-arm seamer's dismissal, switches back to over the wicket, good length delivery, deviates away , Sarkar stretches his bat out and edges to Samant who dives to his left
bouncer from round the wicket, Sarkar ducks and the ball nearly sails over Samant who takes it cleanly
short of a length and Sarkar swings and misses
defended on the back-foot
Ranadeb Bose comes in
gone! Zak traps Sourav again! short of a length, Ganguly backs away and whacks it in the air, ends up hitting it down Powar's throat at long-on, Ganguly kicks the air in frustration, he can't figure out what induced him to fall into that trap
pitched closer to the batsman, defended, good technique by Sarkar
wide outside off and Sarkar has another swish at that, Ganguly looks worried at the other end
good length ball outside off, slashes, no foot movement
bouncer! Sarkar gets under it
full and a fraction wide, Ganguly slashes hard over point
Sourav Sarkar takes strike
pitched up and driven uppishly, cries of 'catch it', the batsmen just scamper through for a double, third umpire called in for a possible run-out chance at the srikers end, Sarkar was safe
Match State: Tea - Day 4
Seven balls, 1 run, three wickets.... that was the story of the last few frenetic minutes! Just when it looked like Bengal were running away with it, the senior pros, Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan struck back. Gavaskar's aggressive innings was cut short after a lapse in concentration and Zaheer finally rose from his slumber. I have said time and again how dangerous Zaheer is when he makes the batsmen play and that was precisely what he did to bag those late strikes. Ganguly has only the tail to keep him company and it is imperative he hogs the strike.
trapped on the pads and given! Zaheer changes his line of attack, comes round the wicket and it works! pitches on off stump, comes in just a fraction, Lahiri is caught at the crease, ball strikes the top flap of the front pad, in line with leg stump, easy decision for the umpire
short on the leg side and ducked
good length delivery, defended cautiously
Saurasish Lahiri walks in
Six down! a sudden shift in momentum happening here folks!
castled! Zak's got 'im! good length delivery coming in just a tad, Shukla seemed like he was beaten for pace and the ball clipped the top of off stump
short, Ganguly gets behind that on the hop, nudged to point for a single
Bengal need 138, Ganguly still going strong...