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Published: February 8, 2020 12:19:43 am


Dharmendra Jadeja (L) and Kamlesh Makvana stonewalled Mumbai. BCCI

On a pitch which stored low, had some flip and the place batsmen couldn’t predict what would bounce at them subsequent, Mumbai did not dismiss Saurashtra’s Nos. Eight and 9 for 40 lengthy overs. Kamlesh Makvana and Dharmendra Jadeja aren’t huge names in home cricket however they crashed Mumbai’s hopes of qualifying for the Ranji Trophy knockouts as they batted for the following 240 balls to make sure Saurashtra progressed and the guests had been denied.

The duo not solely rubbed salt into the injuries of Mumbai bowlers, but in addition proved proper the outdated adage that huge names didn’t matter on a difficult pitch. Mumbai had set Saurashtra 290 to chase on the final day and at one stage had been even eyeing an early wrap-up. Needing to win this one earlier than they might eye an outright win within the subsequent one towards MP to qualify for quarters, the script spectacularly unravelled. Saurashtra had been 83 for 7 at one stage and with yet another session left within the day, Mumbai hoped to complete off the irritating resistance. They’ve had a wretched Ranji season, dropping again to again video games outright at residence, and had 13 factors. A win in Rajkot might’ve given them a foot within the door, however the hosts had been in no temper to surrender.

Makvana and Jadeja didn’t strive any shot that might result in an edge or land them in a hazard zone. Luck too favored them, a Royston Dias ball kissed the sting of off-stump of Makvana however the bails didn’t dislodge and with 20 extra overs to go Jadeja was dropped off a easy catch at mid-off by teen Bhupen Lalwani.

Back at tea, Saurashtra brainstormed on methods to sort out these closing hours of the day. Makvana stated, “During tea break we had a discussion in the dressing room, on this pitch it wasn’t easy to play shots. There was no point in taking singles as reaching the total was out of reach, so the idea was to defend as much we can.”

The Saurashtra tailenders did simply that, regardless of Mumbai placing 5 fielders close-in at one stage.

They both left ungrudgingly or put their our bodies behind each protection. Every shot was performed with tender palms with no actual strain to attain. Mumbai waited for some odd balls to maintain low or flip sharp however Makvana handled them with ease. His father Rasiqbhai is the curator of the bottom and the familiarity helped. There had been days when he had assisted his father too. With greater than 15 years of home cricket expertise behind him, Makvana stated he had performed in such conditions earlier than too.

“Never felt that the match was gone from our hands. I made my debut in 2004 and I have played such innings before too. Once against MP (Madhya Pradesh) I had batted for half a day and saved the game. Whenever such a situation arises, bowlers have to bail the team out. Key is to know how to use basic footwork and how to defend, for which I practice a lot in the nets. Whenever such a situation arises, there is no fear in the back of my mind. I knew if I get in line with the ball, no one can get me out,” the 36-year-old off-spinning all-rounder stated.

Asked what he advised Jadeja on the different finish, he replied, “When Dharmendra went inside I told him that at no time should we give an impression that khelte khelte hum game se baahar ho jayenge, that there’s no hope. Whenever we go out to play, sab ball bat pe hi lenge. Intent should be positive. I have batted at different positions before, so there is some idea about how to tackle situations.”
Brief Scores (At Rajkot): Mumbai 262 & 362/7 dcld (Suryakumar Yadav 134, Shams Mulani 92; Prerak Mankad 2-52) vs Saurashtra 335 & 158/7 (Makwana 31 not out, 116 balls, D Jadeja 33 not,125 balls, Vasavda 31 Match Drawn. Saurashtra took first-innings lead.

Points: Saurashtra 3, Mumbai 1

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