New Delhi: A solid 92 off 110 by veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer and a powerpacked 72 off 41 by Abhishek Nayar helped Mumbai beat Delhi by 140 runs here on Saturday to book their place in the final of the Vijay Hazare limited-overs competition.
Electing to bat first, openers Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane (42 off 59) gave Mumbai a solid foundation by sharing a 72-run stand. Sushant Marathe (16 off 24), Anup Revandkar (22 off 33) and Shoaib Shaikh (20 off 25), who replaced Asia Cup-bound Rohit Sharma in the side, chipped in with useful knocks. Thereafter it was Nayar, along with skipper Ajit Agarkar (18 off 9), who propelled the visitors to a towering 295.
While Jaffer, after negotiating a slightly tough morning conditions at the Feroz Shah Kotla, played some delightful strokes, Nayar was more adventurous - trying a variety of strokes ranging from scoops over the short fine-leg fielder to big heaves over the square-leg boundary.
Delhi paid a huge penalty by feeding too many loose deliveries to the Mumbai batsmen, who took 110 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings. The home side also missed Ashish Nehra in the death overs as the lean pacer hurt himself while bowling his seventh over. Before that, he was Delhi's most economical bowler of the day, giving away just 18 runs in 6.5 overs. Except Nehra, the other bowlers went for aplenty, with Parvinder being the most expensive, going for 76 in his 10 overs.
Delhi's mammoth chase was looking good until Unmukt Chand was caught by substitute Gaurav Jathar at backward point off Agarkar. Delhi's score was 40 at that point in the eighth over. Another four wickets followed soon after, derailing the Delhi innings completely. A 74-run sixth-wicket partnership between Jagrit Anand, who made his maiden first-class half century, and Yogesh Nagar (30 off 59) tried to resurrect the chase but the initial damage inflicted by Mumbai proved too heavy.
Dismissal of Nagar by Revandkar triggered another late-order Delhi collapse, folding up the hosts' innings for 155.
Revandkar picked up 3 for 37, while Kshemal Waingankar and Iqbal Abdulla shared two wickets each for Mumbai.
They will face Bengal, who beat Punjab by three wickets in the other semifinal, on Monday.