Visakhapatnam: Assam’s dream run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy continued as they stunned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai by 27 runs to enter the semi-finals, here, on Thursday.
Chasing a paltry 179 for win, Mumbai, the last season’s runners-up, were in for a shock as their batting line-up crumbled in front of a disciplined Assam attack to be bowled out for 151 in 46.5 overs in the low-scoring quarter final.
Assam will play Kerala on Saturday for a place in the final.
The day, however, had started on a bright note for Mumbai as they bundled out Assam for 178 in 47.4 overs after opting to ball at the Dr Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Pace duo of Aavishkar Salvi (3/25) and Rajesh Verma (3/32) shared six wickets between them while left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla picked up two wickets to destabilise Assam’s innings.
In-form Sibsankar Roy (69) and Gokul Sharma (51) scored half-centuries apiece to take Assam to close to the 180-run mark.
Salvi’s opening burst had Assam tottering at 30 for three before Sibsankar and Gokul revived the innings with a 92-run fifth-wicket stand.
Assam were in a decent position at 147 for four in the 40th over before their lower order crumbled like a pack of cards.
Assam 178 in 47.4 overs (SS Roy 69, G. Sharma 51; A. Salvi 3/25). Mumbai 151 in 46.5 overs (S. Shaikh 42; A. Nechim 3/31). Assam won by 27 runs