Pacers shine but Railways overshadow Mumbai

Deepak Shetty and Tushar Deshpande rattled the top order and the tail respectively, but Mumbai's batting didn't quite click.

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Distinctive bowling performances of debutant Deepak Shetty and spearhead Tushar Deshpande were the only positives for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy match against Railways after the home team suffered a ten-wicket loss within three days at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Shot out for a paltry 114 after T Pradeep's fiery 6/37 in the first innings after they were put in to bat, Mumbai hit back when Railways came out to the crease as they reduced the visitors to 43/5.

Deepak Shetty, adjudged the Best Development Player in the T20 Mumbai league where he bowled for SoBo Supersonics earlier this year, provided the breakthrough in his opening spell which started with four successive maiden overs and went on to account three of the first five wickets to fall.

But from there, the visitors steadied their ship, led by captain Karn Sharma's unbeaten 112, as the innings ended at 266 with a hefty lead of 152.

While pacer Deepak Shetty ended with figures of 3/35 in 19 overs after rattling the top order, it was Tushar Deshpande who cleaned up the tail. From 244/6, Railways lost their last four wickets for just 22 runs as Tushar Deshpande, recently picked by the Delhi Capitals for the 2020 Indian Premier League, bagged three wickets in final two overs to snap 4/44.

In their second innings, however, Mumbai made just 198 with Himanshu Sangwan turning up the heat this time with a five-wicket haul. As was in the first innings where he put up a quickfire 39 in 40 balls, captain Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for his side again with a swift 65 (94b, 12x4s). The only notable stand of the innings was the 64-run partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare for the fifth wicket, of which the latter scored just 14.

Suryakumar Yadav has been in form this year, highlighted by his performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and his century in Mumbai's opening Ranji Trophy match of the season against Baroda.

Mumbai's trifling 46-run lead was chased down by Railways in under 12 overs and with all 10 wickets in hand.

"They actually bowled really well," conceded skipper Suryakumar Yadav. "I am disappointed, so is the team."

Next Friday on January 3, Mumbai is scheduled to play their third Ranji Trophy match of the season against heavyweights Karnataka in the Elite Group B fixture at the Bandra Kurla Complex grounds.

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