Mumbai enter semis outright

Mumbai registered an outright win over Punjab to move into the semifinal of the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy at the Shivaji college in New Delhi on Monday. Punjab declared their second innings on 243/8, setting a target of 159 runs in front of Mumbai. Mumbai chased the target in 54.2 overs losing four wickets.

Punjab batsmen failed to apply themselves as Rajat Sharma (67), Lakshay Rakra (54) and skipper Sanveer Singh (39) got out after getting in. Mumbai spinner Sarfaraz Khan picked three wickets for 58 runs. Nishant Williams and Sairaj Patil scalped two wickets each.

With a target of 159 in sight, Mumbai started confidently with openers Om Prakash Jaiswal and Adeeb Usmani putting together 52. Usmani, who scored 77 in the first innings gave a soft dismissal as he drove the ball straight back to the hands of left arm spinner Resham Sharma. Sharma than trapped Khizar Dafedar, who had scored a century in Mumbai's first innings, for a duck

Arman Jaffer batted with Jaiswal and took time to settle in. Jaffer faced 94 balls and hit 9 boundaries in his knock of 48. Jaiswal scored 57 in156 balls with 8 boundaries. From Punjab, Resham Sharma and skipper Sanveer took two wickets apeice.

Brief scores: Punjab 309 & 243/8 (R Sharma 67, L Rakra 54, S Singh 39; S Khan 3/58, N Williams 2/44) vs Mumbai 394 & 162/4 in 54.2 overs (OP Jaiswal 57, A Jaffer 48, A Usmani 34; R Sharma 2/60)

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