Arjun Tendulkar’s domestic cricket debut did not bring a smile as Mumbai’s winless run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy continued for the third game in a row. The host, thanks to a batting debacle organized by a well-oiled Haryana bowling unit, collapsed to an eight-wicket loss to end even the distant mathematical chance he had to qualify for quarterfinals. final.
After suffering devastating losses from Delhi and Kerala at Wankhede Stadium, the boys from Suryakumar Yadav surrendered to the facilities at the Bandra Kurla complex. Still, he hasn’t turned the tide of his stick meltdowns.
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Southpaw Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare gave the host a quick start after Suryakumar elected the bat. However, once mid-tempo Arjun Chaprana represented Tare off the last ball of the fourth plus, the seasoned spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav took over.
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The Rotating Wizards broke the back of the Mumbai bat, splitting five wickets for 19 runs over the next five rounds to leave Mumbai reeling at 56 for six in the ninth. Neither Suryakumar (played by Chahal), nor Siddhesh Lad nor Shivam Dube – promoted to No.5 – were able to open their accounts as Yadav chose four key counters.
The promising 48-innings partnership between Atharva Ankolekar and Sarfaraz Khan stabilized the innings before Sarfaraz and Dhawal Kulkarni propelled Mumbai to 143.
Despite Arjun, the son of legendary Sachin Tendulkar, sacking left-handed opener Chaitanya Bishnoi on his second stint, the left-arm couturier had a forgettable outing as he was crushed for 34 points in three assists.
Former Indian Under-19 drummer Himanshu Rana (75, 53b, 8×4, 3×6) showcased his artistry with the willow tree as his continued 117-run partnership with Shivam Chauhan for the third wicket saw Haryana revise the target with eight wickets and 14 bullets to spare.