Ranji Trophy: Mumbai's free fall continues, surrender to Karnataka now

MUMBAI: The miracle that Mumbai required to save any kind of pride against Karnataka in his Ranji Trophy The confrontation in the Bandra-Kurla complex of the MCA in a Sunday morning breeze did not materialize, which resulted in a five wicket defeat, one hour after lunch, for the team led by Surya Kumar Yadav on the Day 3 of the contest.

Incidentally, this is only the third occasion when Mumbai have lost back-to-back games in Ranji Trophy , and the result damages their chances of progressing to the quarterfinals severely.

Mumbai has secured only six points in three games, thanks to his victory over Baroda in the opening of time, while Karnataka, who became the second team after Mumbai to achieve 200 Ranji, has 16 points after four games, thanks to two direct victories over Tamil Nadu and Mumbai.

Summarizing his score of 109-5 overnight and an insignificant advantage of 85, Mumbai's chances of extending the total depended heavily on the performance of the young Sarfaraz Khan, who had already reached 53 on Saturday night. He eventually remained undefeated with 71, but the others around him could not resist, which caused the hosts to double by 149/9 in 50 overs.

Injured Prithvi Shaw He could not go out to bat since he has flown to the NCA in Bangalore to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered on Friday while in the field.

The rhythm bowler Prateek Jain emerged as the most successful Karnataka bowler, with 4/11 in nine overs. Bowling accurately, getting rid of Shashank Attarde (10 races), Tushar Deshpande (6 races), Deepak Shetty (0) and Royston Dias (0). However, the experienced Abhimanyu Mithun was his most effective bowler after breaking Mumbai's back on Saturday night, and finished with 3/62 of 16 overs.

Defending a total of 125 would never be easy, and although visitors lost a flurry of wickets when approaching the target, Devdutt Padikkal starters (50 runs, 46 balls, 5x4, 2x6) and R Samarth (34 runs, 55 balls, 2x4) they had inflicted enough damage, making 78 runs in just 14 overs.

Shashank Attarde was once again Mumbai's most successful bowler, with 4-52 in 10 overs. He finished with a tour of nine wickets, but his countrymen couldn't match his effort.

Attarde got rid of Padikkal, catching his leg before the wicket, Abhishek Reddy (4 races), Rohan Kadam (21 races) and skipper Karun Nair 10 (races).

Karnataka captain Nair was a happy man after his team's fourth straight victory in the last seven games against Mumbai. He said: “A goal of 126 was very feasible. Our bowlers did very well by restricting Mumbai to cheap totals in both innings (194 and 149). We believe that with our team members we can beat any other team. We have defeated Mumbai in Mumbai, which is a great feeling. ”

He was satisfied with the quality of the wicket that prepared for the match, and said: “This wicket helped bowlers spin and give rhythm. We had good starts in both innings, we lost a couple of wickets and that's when the pressure came in. We included four fast bowlers when watching the grass-covered wicket and the early start (9 am) and we were lucky that I won the pitch. Any type of advantage in a low scoring game is crucial. But it's time to move on and keep the momentum. ”

Meanwhile, things are likely to get worse for Mumbai next week, when they travel to Tamil Nadu for their fourth game.

They will be without employer services Suryakumar Yadav , Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane. The trio is scheduled to travel to New Zealand with the side of India A, but it remains to be seen if the Shaw will accompany them.