Shardul Thakur (file photo) led the Mumbai attack in a splendid display of bowling against Maharashtra. © BCCI

Shardul Thakur (file photo) led the Mumbai attack in a splendid display of bowling against Maharashtra. © BCCI

Mumbai’s bowlers carved up Maharashtra to set up a comprehensive seven-wicket win at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in a West Zone game of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy all-India Twenty20 tournament on Thursday (January 11).

Maharashtra v Mumbai in Rajkot

Maharashtra simply had no idea what hit them as they were bundled out for 89 before Mumbai cantered to the target in just 9.2 overs.

Mumbai opted to field, and Shardul Thakur struck in the second over to remove Ruturaj Gaikwad. Rahul Tripathi, the captain, and Vijay Zol steadied the innings briefly, but both were out to identical scores of 21 off 16 balls.

Akash Parkar, the medium pacer, struck first with the wicket of Tripathi and sent back Ankit Bawne and Nikhil Naik in his next two overs. There was no respite at the other end with Parikshit Valsangkar, the legspinner, nabbing Zol and Naushad Shaikh in a single over.

Maharashtra were reduced to 66 for 6 in ten overs, and they only eked out 23 runs in the next five overs before they were all out.

Mumbai didn’t waste too much time in the chase. Eknath Kerkar and Jay Bista, the openers, were both dismissed inside three overs, but it was one-way traffic from there.

Aditya Tare, the captain, and Siddhesh Lad took the side to within 14 runs of the target in eight overs before Jagdish Zope sent back the latter for a 15-ball 25 with four fours.

Mumbai wrapped up the game a few moments later, Suryakumar Yadav hitting two boundaries in his 12 not out while Tare remained unbeaten on 42 off 26, with four fours and two sixes.

Baroda v Saurashtra in Rajkot

Deepak Hooda remained unbeaten on 20-ball 32, with two fours and two sixes. © BCCI

Deepak Hooda remained unbeaten on 20-ball 32, with two fours and two sixes. © BCCI

Kedar Devdhar’s unbeaten half-century and his unbroken stand of 53 with Deepak Hooda, the captain, helped Baroda canter past Saurashtra at the same venue later in the day.

Set 132 to win after the bowlers had struck as a pack to bowl Saurashtra out for 131, Baroda lost Urvil Patel to Shaurya Sanandia for 10 in the fourth over with the total on 26, but the chase never went off the rails and they got to 132 for 2 in just 16.3 overs.

Devdhar, the other opener, and Krunal Pandya scored quickly in a 53-run stand for the second wicket, Pandya hitting 25 in 21 balls with two fours and a six before being caught and bowled by Chirag Jani. That left Baroda on 79 for 2 in the 11th over.

Devdhar’s 62 not out in 48 balls, with seven fours and a six, and Hooda’s unbeaten 20-ball 32, with two fours and two sixes, took Baroda home with lots to spare.

Earlier, a 19-ball 29 at the top of the order from Robin Uthappa, a steadying 21 in 22 balls from Jani in the middle and Jaydev Unadkat’s 26-ball 33 lower down kept Saurashtra in the game, but only just.

Saurashtra suffered from lack of substantial partnerships, which they could have overcome had any of their batsmen batted through and made a big score, but that didn’t happen and it hurt their prospects.

The best periods for Saurashtra were when Uthappa, the opener, and Vishvarajsinh Jadeja got together for the third wicket and later, when Jani and Unadkat were batting together after six wickets had fallen. Sheldon Jackson and Kishan Parmar fell with just six runs on the board, Atit Sheth picking up both wickets, when Uthappa and Jadeja put together 41 to get the innings on track. Uthappa was the third to go, and three more wickets fell quickly before Jani and Unadkat added 33.

But there was never any momentum to the innings, and the Baroda bowlers controlled the proceedings all the way through, Sheth’s 2 for 18 the best in a good show.

This was Baroda’s third win in as many matches, and took them to the top of the table with 12 points, while Saurashtra remained at eight points after suffering their first reversal in three outings. Mumbai, with two wins in four games, are at No. 2 on the five-team table, and Saurashtra are third with the same number of points but an inferior net run-rate to Mumbai.