Mumbai break hearts to clinch 39th Ranji Trophy TitleJanuary 14, 2010 • By
Mumbai broke the hearts of thousands of fans at the Gangothri Glades Ground in Mysore to steal a 6-run victory against a spirited Karnataka. The atmosphere was simply electric at the venue with all corners of the stadium filled up with men and women, all involved in each and every ball that was bowled and cheering the home side. Their hear breaking moment came late in the afternoon when Ajit Agarkar got a simple return catch from left hander Sreesanth Aravind, who was until then holding the fortunes along.
Karnataka needing 203 more runs for a win with 7 wickets in hand got off to a good start in the morning. Overnight batsmen Ganesh Satish and Manish Pandey continued the fight to chip away at the target. Pandey raced away to a truly outstanding 144 (from 151 balls with 18 fours and a six) before he was forced to edge a turning and bouncing delivery from left armer Iqbal Abdulla to the slip. Abdulla broke what was a 209-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mumbai were blessed with two more wickets in succession which included that of the defiant Ganesh Satish who made 75.
Pacers Dhawal Kulkarni and Ajit Agarkar helped Mumbai to defend the target by taking two wickets each after lunch. Agarkar finished with a 5-wicket haul and his partner Dhawal Kulkarni was the real hero having also scored 87 yesterday.