Mumbai v Tamil Nadu - Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – 2nd Quarter-final – Match Update
Mumbai 193 v Tamil Nadu 162 - Mumbai won by 31 runs
Mumbai qualified for the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after beating Tamil Nadu by 31 runs on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Winning the toss, Mumbai decided to bat first as they wanted to post a huge total on the board in order to secure a place in the tournament finale.
Opener, Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane mustered 17 runs together before the partnership was broken when Rahane lost his wicket on a run out after scoring just one run.
After the fall of an early wicket, Jaffer was joined by Abhishek Nayar as Mumbai launched a batting resurgence.
The two batsmen, vary of the importance of the match, initiated a staggering resistance against the Tamil bowling.
They steered the side to a total of 103 runs before Jaffer perished after smashing 51 runs off 31 deliveries.
With the opener back in the pavilion, it was time for the hard-hitting batsman Rohit Sharma to come on the crease; however, before the batsman could forge a daunting innings, he was dismissed on a tally of seven. At the time of his demise, Mumbai were on 136 runs.
Meanwhile, as Mumbai kept losing wickets, Nayar continued his superb batting as he played an important role in keeping the scorecard ticking.
The batsman found his way back to the pavilion after hammering an innings of 79 runs off 41 deliveries.
Later, Mumbai finished their innings after bolstering a tally of 193 runs on the board in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets.
Coming out to bat second, Tamil Nadu launched an astounding batting onslaught as openers Srikkanth Anirudha and Abhinav Mukund jammed an opening partnership of 62 runs to give Mumbai a run for their money.
However, the demise of Mukund, who fell in the 6th over after smashing an inning of 34 runs, trigged a batting collapse as Tamil Nadu kept losing wickets and looked helpless against the Mumbai bowling arsenal.
In the middle, it was the innings of 49 runs by Suresh Kumar that almost steered his side to victory but his demise was the last nail in Tamil Nadu’s coffin as they faltered after scoring only 162 runs.