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Ankit Bawne reached out for the ball, gave it a cursory tap and then hared off for a single. Kedar Jadhav who was at the non-striker's end also set off almost simultaneously heeding to his partner's call. Halfway down the track, Jadhav hesitated all of a sudden. He mustn't have stopped for more than a fraction of a second but that was enough for Ankeet Chavan, rushing in from mid-on to throw down the stumps as Jadhav put in a desperate dive that didn't help his cause but did kick up a cloud of dust. The third umpire almost instantaneously sent the diminutive right-hander on his way. Jadhav had already survived two similar chances earlier in his innings. His luck had now finally run out this time. The senior batsman's departure was only one of the many uncalled for incidents that marred Maharashtra's run-chase on Monday.
Eventually, farcical run-outs, an unerring line by the Mumbai bowlers and poor batting by the home team batsmen were highlights of the day-night game between two two state rivalsat the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. The latter ran out victors by 50 runs as they defended 255 to finish with 12 points from their four league assignments. Maharashtra have nine points from three games and will play their last group game against Baroda on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, debutant Subramaniam Doraiswamy struck an emphatic half century after Mumbai lost two quick wickets. Doraiswamy also put on an important 76-run partnership with Siddhesh Lad. The 29-year-old right-hander's 61-run knock included seven boundaries and two sweetly-timed sixes. Lad's 42 contained just two boundaries but he made up for a lack of them with some energetic running. Tare then chipped in with 45 to take Mumbai to a competitive 255.
Maharashtra never really looked the part from the early going after they lost a wicket in the very first over of their innings when Harshad Khadiwale was adjudged leg-before off Ajit Agarkar. Rohit Motwani joined Vijay Zol at the crease and the two southpaws struck up a 47-run partnership before the former took off for a non-existent single. The skipper did not seem to have heard his partner's refusal and wicketkeeper, Aditya Tare, gleefully whipped off the bails. Five overs later, Zol was trapped in front by Kshemal Waingankar as he was caught on the crease with the ball hurrying on to him. There was some resistance from Jadhav and Bawne as they compiled a 77-run stand but it was a rather labored affair as they took more than 20 overs. Neither batsman was able to find the boundary on a regular basis and their partnership never looked like threatening Mumbai. Bawne struck 63 but unfortunately didn't find support from the other end. He was partly to blame too after he ran Jadhav out.