Saurashtra on brink of elimination after Mumbai registers fifth consecutive win in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023-24

Defending champion Saurashtra is all but out of the 2023-24 Vijay Hazare Trophy after a five-wicket loss to Mumbai at the Alur Cricket Stadium here on Friday.

Yet another below-par effort with the willow meant that Jaydev Unadkat’s men could only muster 144 runs after being asked to bat.

In reply, Mumbai wobbled a bit, reduced as it was to 76 for five. But a 74-run unbroken sixth wicket stand between Prasad Pawar and Shardul Thakur carried the side to its fifth straight win.

Shardul’s was, in fact, an all-round effort. Added to the Mumbai squad ahead of the game after a short period of rest to recover from the World Cup exertion, the pacer scalped two wickets (two for 37) in the morning.

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If not for Cheteshwar Pujara’s dogged batting Mumbai would have wrapped up the win much earlier.