Ranji Trophy: Mumbai thrash Vidarbha by 338 runs to go top of points table

With this win, Mumbai take their points tally to 19, three more than second-placed Punjab and five ahead of third-placed Gujarat.

Updated: December 01, 2013 12:12 IST
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Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai needed just 22 minutes and 31 balls to wrap up a massive 338-run victory over minnows Vidarbha and log six points to shoot to the top of the Ranji Trophy Group A table at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

Chasing an imposing target of 530 and staring defeat in the face last evening at 177 for 8, Vidarbha collapsed for 191 by adding 14 runs while losing their last two wickets to medium pacer Shardul Thakur, who ended up with innings figures of four for 48 on the fourth and final day of the lop-sided clash.

Thakur, who grabbed three for 40 in the first innings, polished off the Vidarbha innings in a morning spell of 2.4-0-2-2 for impressive match figures of seven for 88.

The Vidarbha batsmen who were dismissed by Thakur on Sunday were Akshay Wakhre, caught behind for five and Sandeep Singh, bowled for a duck to leave Shrikant Wagh stranded on 41 off 52 balls.

Mumbai took their overall points tally to 19 from 4 games, three more than second-placed Punjab and five ahead of third-placed Gujarat, who have also played four games each.

The 40-time champions next face Jharkhand at home from December 6-9.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 261 and 381 for 4 decl. beat Vidarbha 113 and 191 (S Shrivastava 69, S Wagh not out 41; S Thakur 4 for 48, V Dabholkar 2 for 33) by 338 runs.

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