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Ranji Trophy, Group B: Railways beat Andhra; Abdulla, Thakur unite in Mumbai's three-wicket win

Iqbal Abdulla (39) and Shardul Thakur (38) held nerves under intense pressure as they raised an unbeaten 68-run stand lower down the order to lead Mumbai to a stunning come-from-behind victory over Madhya Pradesh.

Press Trust of India |November 25, 2015, 8:28 PM IST
Ranji Trophy, Group B: Railways beat Andhra; Abdulla, Thakur unite in Mumbai's three-wicket win

Indore: Iqbal Abdulla (39) and Shardul Thakur (38) held nerves under intense pressure as they raised an unbeaten 68-run stand lower down the order to lead Mumbai to a stunning come-from-behind victory over Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

Chasing a tricky 280, Mumbai were staring down the barrel at 215 for seven when Abdulla and Thakur joined forces. They showed nerves of steel and eked out a match-winning partnership.

Mumbai ended at 283 for seven with one full day to spare, walking away with six full points.

It was a tremendous comeback by the visitors who had conceded first innings lead of 78 runs.

Mumbai lost opener Akhil Herwadkar in the seventh ball of the day but other opener Jay Bista (74) and Shreyas Iyer (36) added 99 runs for the second wicket.

Things looked rosy for Mumbai before the match dramatically turned even with Mumbai losing wicket after wicket. It was MP's first innings hero Jalaj Saxena, who again rocked Mumbai batting order with four wickets but eventually Mumbai had the last laugh.

Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (45) also played a good hand in his side's success.

Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh 240 & 201 in 71.2 overs.(J Saxena 79, D Bundela 42; S Thakur 3 for 33); Mumbai 162 and 283 for 7 in 73.3 overs(J Bista 74, Aditya Tare 45, I Abdulla 39 not out; J Saxena 4 for 89).

Railways beat Andra by 148 runs

In New Delhi, Anureet Singh and Ashish Yadav shared seven wickets between them as Railways dismissed Andhra Pradesh for 124 in their second innings to notch up a 148-run win.

The pace-spin duo of Anureet (4 for 32) and Ashish (3 for 36) wrecked havoc on the Andra batsmen after setting them a target of 273 on the penultimate day.

The win helped Railways to pocket six points.

Resuming at 194 for eight, Railways' second innings folded for 204 runs in 69.2 overs after B Sudhakar and DB Prashanth dismissed overnight batsmen Ashish (62) and SS Mishra (12).

Chasing 273 to win, Andra found the going tough as they kept losing wicket regularly with only three batsmen -- KS Bharat (32), Mohammad Kaif (15) and K Ashwin Hebbar (30) -- reaching double figures.

Anureet dealt the first blow when he trapped opener Prasanth (8) infront of wicket in the 8th over, before cleaning up Murumulla Sriram (2) in the 14th over.

Ashish then claimed the next three batsmen dismissing Bharat, A G Pradeep and Kaif as Andra lost their half their side in 33rd over at the score of 66.

Karn Sharma then got rid of Sudhakar (9), while Anureet returned to remove K Sreekanth (7) and D Siva Kumar (4). Next two batsmen fall prey to run outs as Hebber was left stranded at the other end.

Brief score: Railways 182 & 204 allout in 69.2 overs (Ashish Yadav 62; B Sudhakar 5 for 49); Andhra: 114 & 124 in 64.2 overs (K S Bharat 32; Anureet Singh 4/32).

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