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, and whereas the Saurashtra Cricket Association was getting ready for a workforce {photograph} to have fun its workforce’s entry into the quarterfinals, Mumbai captain Aditya Tare and senior batsman Siddhesh Lad sat with Bhupen Lalwani, the rookie who dropped a straightforward likelihood that most likely might have compelled a Mumbai win.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, whose sitter Lalwani dropped, joined in and mentioned “thank you” to Lalwani. Not to rub salt into Mumbai’s wounds however as a real praise for serving to him salvage a draw together with Kamlesh Makwana.

Such was the camaraderie that either side exchanged pats on one another’s backs. While Tare lauded Jadeja and Makwana’s resistance for 40 overs as a “gritty partnership”, Saurashtra head coach Karsan Ghavri applauded Mumbai’s preventing 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 instructed The Hindu.

“But eventually, we are happy and I am proud of the thrilling contest ending 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.”

Even on hindsight, Tare felt Mumbai’s delayed declaration didn’t deprive it 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 variable bounce and both Kamlesh and Dharmendra showed their wealth of experience with gritty knocks.”

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