Mumbai has come out as champions of Ranji Trophy yet again (I think for the 39th time). They beat Karnataka in a nail biting finish in a low scoring match at Mysore today.
Though Mumbai had been bundled out for 233 in their first innings, they managed to fight back and restrict Karnataka just to 130 runs, with Salvi grabbing five wickets.
In the second innings, Mumbai was again all out for 234, but that itself would not have been possible if not for Dhaval Kulkarni’s 87 runs which gave Mumbai a good score to try and defend.
Karnataka started their second innings chasing 339 to win, but ended up losing three quick wickets. Ganesh Satish and Manish Pandey rescued them with a 209 run stand for the fourth wicket. When they were at 255 for 3 with just 84 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand, almost every one thought the match was over. The Mumbai bowlers had a different agenda. Ajit Agarkar led the pack and they fought back aggressively. At the end, with just six runs to win, Karnataka lost their last wicket and Mumbai came out victorious in this nail biting finish.
Hats off to Mumbai for the well deserved victory – they are now the Ranji Trophy Super League Champions.