Ranji Trophy: Shams Mulani’s spin web trumps Goa
Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani helped Mumbai to the top of the points table as the 44-time champions beat Goa by 119 runs at the Motera Stadium on Sunday. Mumbai secured a win in spite of having conceded a 164-run first-innings lead in this elite group D game.
Mulani had match figures of 11 for 167 (6/107 and 5/60) along with a crucial half-century and stitching a 116-run ninth-wicket stand with spin colleague Tanush Kotian, which took Mumbai to 395/9 and left Goa with a tricky 232-run chase on the final day. Goa managed only 112 runs. Mumbai are now on top of group D with nine points from two games. While Saurashtra, by virtue of an innings victory against Odisha, got seven points and are second in the group with eight points.
For Saurashtra, left-arm spinner Dharmendra Singh Jadeja scalped seven wickets to finish with a match haul of 11 as the defending champions beat Odisha by an innings and 131 runs.
In group C, Karnataka defeated Jammu and Kashmir by 117 runs in Chennai. Pacer Prasidh Krishna (4/59) finished with 10 wickets in the game.
Jammu and Kashmir batsmen fought hard but couldn’t proceed beyond 390.