Mumbai thrash Vidarbha by 338 runs to shoot to top of Group A

PTI| Updated: Dec 01, 2013, 16:50 PM IST

Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai needed just 22 minutes and 31 balls to wrap up a massive 338-run victory over minnows Vidarbha and log six points to shoot to the top of the Ranji Trophy Group A table at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

Chasing an imposing target of 530 and staring defeat in the face last evening at 177 for 8, Vidarbha collapsed for 191 by adding 14 runs while losing their last two wickets to medium pacer Shardul Thakur, who ended up with innings figures of 4 for 48 on the fourth and final day of the lop-sided clash.

Thakur, who grabbed 3 for 40 in the first innings, polished off the Vidarbha innings in a morning spell of 2.4-0-2-2 for impressive match figures of 7 for 88. The Vidarbha batsmen who were dismissed by Thakur today were Akshay Wakhre, who was caught behind for 5 and last man Sandeep Singh, who was beaten and bowled for a duck to leave Shrikant Wagh stranded without partners on 41 off 52 balls.

Mumbai took their overall points tally to 19 from 4 games, three more than second-placed Punjab and five ahead of third-placed Gujarat, who have also played four games each.
The 40-time champions next face another weak team, Jharkhand, at home from December 6-9.

Brief scores: Mumbai 261 and 381 for 4 decl beat Vidarbha 113 and 191 (S Shrivastava 69, S Wagh not out 41; S Thakur 4 for 48, V Dabholkar 2 for 33) by 338 runs.