Mumbai: Defending champions Mumbai were shown the door by minnows Maharashtra, who showed tremendous resilience to record a come-from-behind eight-wicket victory here on Saturday for a place in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals.
Set a target of 252 to chase for only their third outright victory in the long-running competition over the 40-time winners, Maharashtra rode an unbeaten century from Kedar Jadhav (120 not out) and his superb 215-run unconquered third-wicket stand with 19-year-old Vijay Zol (91 not out) to turn the tables on the home team on the fourth day.
Jadhav, who made 51 in the first innings and also crossed 1000 runs for the season during this excellent knock, faced 144 balls and hit 14 fours and three sixes in his 239-minute knock.
But Jammu and Kashmir’s dream run in the Ranji Trophy came to an end after Punjab defeated them by a 100 runs to enter the semis.
Seamer VRV Singh returned with a five-wicket haul as Punjab dismissed Jammu and Kashmir, chasing a target of 324, for 233 in their second innings.
Singh ran through the lower middle-order, dismissing skipper Parvez Rasool (10), Manzoor Dar (10), Obaid Haroon (0) and Samiullah Beigh (2) in quick time to derail J&K’s chase.
Punjab will now face Karnataka who rode leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal’s five-wicket haul to get the better of Uttar Pradesh by 92 runs.
Chasing a target of 333, UP were bundled out for 240 in 65.3 overs.