CHENNAI: Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare stressed before the Vijay Hazare Trophy started that his side’s primary objective was to qualify for the knockouts, which they had failed to do in the last two years.
On Monday, Mumbai registered a four-wicket win against Goa at the SSN College Ground to make the quarterfinals of the domestic limited-overs tournament. Second-placed Mumbai, with 16 points, have one more match left in the league phase in which they face table-toppers Andhra (20 points) on February 14. Andhra, too qualified for the knock-outs when they beat Gujarat by nine wickets at the Murugappa ground. It was their fifth win on the trot.
Chasing 267, Mumbai rode on half-centuries from U-19 star Prithvi Shaw (53), Suryakumar Yadav (71) and skipper Tare (59) to shut the door on Goa in 46.3 overs.
With the primary mission accomplished, Tare wants his team to carry forward the confidence heading into the crunch phase.
“We didn’t qualify over the last two years. Having achieved it now, we have to finish the league phase on a high with a win so that we take that confidence into knockouts. From quarters, you have to be at your best and there’s no scope for errors,” said Tare.
While the return of Shaw, who has registered two half-centuries in three games, has been a boost for Mumbai, Tare said that the U-19 skipper “needs to learn” the art of finishing matches.
“He is pretty young and still has to learn the art of finishing matches. In both games, he got to fifties and got out. Today was an example. He could have ended up with a century and saw the team through. That’s something he needs to add to his game, take up the responsibility from now on to seal games. He can work on it and prove everyone, batting up the order he can also finish games,” added the 30-year-old stumper.
Another highlight of Mumbai’s journey thus far has been the manner in which the experienced batting unit has got the runs on the board which has helped the relatively inexperienced bowling unit.
“That’s what we need to do. We have a solid batting unit. We have got players from No 1 to No 7 who are match-winners on their day. We can give an extra cushion to our inexperienced bowling unit, bit for Dhawal Kulkarni, by scoring those extra runs. Our bowlers have had a great experience in this tournament and it’s a good sign for us going forward,” said Tare.
Goa 266/8 in 50 overs (S Asnodkar 56, S Prabhudesai 56, D Matkar 3/49). Mumbai 267/6 in 46.3 overs (S Yadav 71, A Tare 59, P Shaw 53, L Garg 3/52). Mumbai won by 4 wkts.
Gujarat 250 in 50 overs (R Bhatt 74, P Chawla 56, I Raman 4/32). Andhra 251/1 in 45.2 overs (KS Bharat 106 no, A Hebbar 99). Andhra won by 9 wkts.
Source : timesofindia