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Mumbai beat Delhi to lift Vijay Hazare Trophy for 3rd time


Mumbai players pose with the trophy after defeating Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Saturday. – PTI
 BENGALURU, Oct 20: Aditya Tare struck a fluent half-century as a clinical Mumbai defeated Delhi by four wickets to win their third Vijay Hazare Trophy title at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.

Mumbai last won the trophy way back in 2006-07 when they defeated Rajasthan.

Opting to bowl after winning the toss, pacers, Shivam Dubey (3/29) and Dhawal Kulkarni (3/30) picked up three wickets apiece as Mumbai bowled out Delhi for a paltry 177 in 45.4 overs.

Later, Tare starred with the bat with an 89-ball 71 that included 13 boundaries and a six and in the company of crisis man Siddesh Lad (48) stitched 105 runs for the fifth wicket to seal the win for Mumbai with 15 overs to spare.

But Tare had his heart in his mouth in the 19th over of the innings when he survived a caught behind decision. Repeated TV replays showed the ball had bounced before nestling into Delhi wicket-keeper Unmukt Chand’s gloves.

Tare eventually fell prey to Manan Sharma, trapped plumb in front of the wicket in the 31st over but by then he had already taken Mumbai to sniffing distance of a win. Lad’s valiant 48 came off 68 deliveries with four boundaries and two sixes but he fell two short of his half century, caught by Dhruv Shorey off Lalit Yadav with Mumbai scoreboard reading 176 for six.

Lad also survived a run out appeal at the non-strikers end after the umpires could not come to a conclusive proof to suggest that the straight drive off Tare hit the boots of Subodh Bhati and ricocheted onto the stumps.

The benefit of doubt went in favour of the batsman.

Chasing 178, Mumbai lost in-form Prithvi Shaw for eight in third ball of the innings after he smashed two consecutive boundaries of Navdeep Saini.

Ajinkya Rahane (10), captain Shreyas Iyer (7) and Suryakumar Yadav (4) all departed cheaply to Saini and Kulwant Khejrolia, leaving Mumbai struggling at 40 for four in 7.4 overs.

Earlier, Delhi began their innings on a bad note with Mumbai pacers Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande exploiting the moist conditions.

Deshpande (2/30), Dubey and Kulkarni picked up eight wickets between them to rattle Delhi’s batting line-up.

Captain Gautam Gambhir got out for one in the second over off the innings. Soon Unmukt Chand (13) and Manan Sharma (5) also went cheaply. – PTI

SCORECARD

Delhi: Unmukt Chand ct Ajinkya Rahane b Dhawal Kulkarni 13, Gautam Gambhir ct Prithvi Shaw b Tushar U Deshpande 1, Manan Sharma ct Aditya Tare b Tushar U Deshpande 5, Dhruv Shorey st Aditya Tare b SZ Mulani 31, Nitish Rana ct SD Lad b Shivam Dubey 13, Himmat Singh ct Aditya Tare b Shivam Dube 41, Lalit Yadav ct Aditya Tare b Dhawal Kulkarni 6, Pawan Negi retired hurt 21, Subodh Bhati lbw Dhawal Kulkarni 25, Navdeep Saini b Shivam Dubey 7, Kulwant Khejroliya not out 0. Extras: (nb 1, w 12, lb 1) 14. Total: (For 9 wickets in 45.4 overs) 177. Bowling: Dhawal Kulkarni 7.4-0-30-3, Tushar U Deshpande 9-0-30-2, Royston H Dias 9-1-40-0, Shivam Dubey 10-2-29-3, SZ Mulani 10-1-47-1. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-17, 3-21, 4-60, 5-81, 6-100, 7-141, 8-170, 9-177.

Mumbai: Prithvi Shaw b Navdeep Saini 8, Ajinkya Rahane lbw Navdeep Saini 10, Shreyas Iyer ct Unmukt Chand b Kulwant Khejroliya 7, Surya ct Nitish Rana b Navdeep Saini 4, SD Lad ct Dhruv Shorey b Lalit Yadav 48, Aditya Tare lbw Manan Sharma 71, Shivam Dubey not out 19, Dhawal Kulkarni not out 0. Extras: (nb 1, w 2, b 8, lb 2) 13. Total: (For 6 wickets in 35 overs) 180. Bowling: Navdeep Saini 10-0-53-3, Kulwant Khejroliya 9-1-50-1, Subodh Bhati 10-1-37-0, Manan Sharma 5-0-24-1, Lalit Yadav 1-0-6-1. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-21, 3-25, 4-40, 5-145, 6-176.

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