Dhrumil Matkar stands out as Mumbai go down

The southpaw recorded his maiden First Class fifty and fifer in the Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha.

Dhrumil Matkar stood out as the only comfort in Mumbai's innings loss to Vidarbha in the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, with the left-hander recording his first half-century and five-wicket haul in only his third First Class match.

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Opting to bat first, the hosts posted an enormous 511 in little time with left-arm spinner Matkar grabbing 5/141, including the scalps of the two highest scorers -- that of former Mumbai batsman Wasim Jaffer (178) and opener Atharwa Taide (95).

Mumbai, in response, succumbed to 252 in their first innings led by opener Jay Bista's 64 and Shubham Ranjane's 52, with the two putting on 99 for the fourth wicket.

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Walking in at No. 8 at 158/6, Matkar's unbeaten 62 was instrumental in keeping the runs flowing. Pillared by a 53-run stand for the seventh wicket with Shivam Dube, the SoBo Supersonics player from the inaugural T20 Mumbai league faced 100 balls and found the boundary seven times along with a six.

Following on, things didn't get any better for the visitors in the second innings as they folded for a paltry 114, Matkar top-scoring this time with 36.

Mumbai, yet to win a Ranji match this season in six outings, lost by an innings and 145 runs on the third day. They are set to play Chattisgarh next in their final game of the campaign.

"Disappointing, but it's been a learning curve," summarised Mumbai captain Siddhesh Lad. "We have got a lot to improve on and now all of us will sit down and discuss the areas to improve."

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