Ranji Trophy: Tare lauds Jadeja and Makwana’s gritty partnership

Moments after Shams Mulani was offered the Man of the Match award for his all-round efficiency — even because the Saurashtra Cricket Association workers and officers gathered for {a photograph} to have fun their group’s entry into Ranji Trophy quarterfinals — Mumbai captain Aditya Tare and senior batsman Siddhesh Lad sat with Bhupen Lalwani, the rookie who dropped a sitter that finally put an finish to Mumbai’s Ranji marketing campaign.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, whose catch Lalwani dropped, joined in and mentioned: “thank you”. Not to rub salt into Mumbai’s wounds however for serving to him salvage a draw together with Kamlesh Makwana. Such was the camaraderie between the 2 sides.

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Ranji Trophy, As it happened: Mumbai knocked out, Saurashtra into quarters

While Tare lauded Jadeja and Makwana’s resistance for 40 overs as a “gritty partnership”, Saurashtra head coach Karsan Ghavri applauded Mumbai’s combating spirit.

“Had it not been for Surykumar Yadav and Shams Mulani’s outstanding knocks yesterday, it wouldn’t have resulted in a close contest. They set the game up and the spinners and the left-arm pacer (Royston Dias) were exceptional today,” Ghavri informed Sportstar.

“But eventually, we are happy and I am proud of the thrilling contest ending up in our favour. During tea time, I just told them that it was important for us to save the game and I am glad the boys responded so well. Full credit to them.”

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai knocked out, Saurashtra sails into quarters

Mumbai began the day with a lead of 212. Despite Mulani being dismissed for 92, Tare continued to bat on for nearly six extra overs, setting Saurashtra a goal of 290 off 74 overs. Even in hindsight, Tare felt the delayed declaration didn’t deprive Mumbai of a win.

“If it didn’t happen in 74 overs, it wouldn’t have happened in 80. Our plan in the morning was to set a target of 270-280 runs by batting 15 overs in the morning, so we timed the declaration well,” Tare mentioned.

“If you see, the wickets fell till the ball was hard. Once the ball was soft, the bowlers had to rely on the variable bounce and both Kamlesh and Dharmendra showed their wealth of experience with gritty knocks.”

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