Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal scored a quick 34 on Friday to set the tone for the Gujarat chase of the mammoth victory target of 312 set by Mumbai. He would be looking to continue the innings on Day 5, Saturday, and lead Gujarat to a victory. Catch live cricket score and updates from Day 5 of the Gujarat vs Mumbai Ranji Trophy Final here. (PTI)
Gujarat, who are eyeing their first Ranji Trophy title, are chasing 312 to win on Day 5 of the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. The Parthiv Patel-led Gujarat finished Day 4, Friday, at 47/0 with openers Priyank Panchal (34) and Samit Gohel (8) making a solid start. Mumbai scored 412 in their second innings, riding on half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare.Catch live cricket score and updates from Day 5 of the Gujarat vs Mumbai Ranji Trophy Final here.
Priyank Panchal (34) and Samit Gohel (9) started the chase on an aggressive note in the final session of Day 4, as they reached 47 for no loss in 13.2 overs at stumps when bad light stopped play in the extended last session of the day. It was a sensible start by both the batsmen, who unlike their sluggish approach in the first innings, played positive cricket.
Mumbai started the day from where they had left off — captain Aditya Tare looking to extend the lead and Suryakumar Yadav approaching the task in similar fashion. Twenty-five of the 30 runs were scored by Tare till the old ball was in play before Rush Kalaria removed Suryakumar (49) off the second delivery with the new ball.
It didn’t bother Tare who continued to play aggressively, aware of the importance of runs. Like most batsmen in the final, Tare was lucky on two occasions — once off Chintan Gaja when he was caught behind but the bowler had overstepped, and when he slashed hard and the ball went flying past Panchal at gully.
Tare reached his half-century in style but couldn’t build on it as he fell to Hardik Patel for the second time on 69.