A chanceless double-hundred by Cheteshwar Pujara and his 288-run stand for the second-wicket with Ajinkya Rahane enabled Indian Oil to declare their innings at 449 for six against Western Railway ‘B’ on the second day of their three-day Times Shield Division ‘A’ league match at the Western Railway ground on Tuesday. In response,the hosts were left tottering on 88 for 4 with Mumbai swing bowler Balwinder Singh Sandhu Jr making early inroads ending the day with figures of 3/31. The only solace for Western Railway was a solid knock of 43 by Bhargav Meral,and thankfully for his team,he remained unbeaten at stumps.
The spotlight just like on the opening day though remained fixated on India No.3 Pujara,as he slammed 21 fours and two sixes in his double-ton that came off 425 balls. Mumbai boy Rahane was in no hurry either,taking 291 balls for his 124,which included 13 fours.
Kaustubh Pawar,meanwhile,was the star of the show at the MIG ground in Bandra,as he stroked a graceful century and put on 173 with fellow opener Sufiyan Shaikh (58) to help Tata Sports finish Day Two on 299 for two in their second innings against Air-India. Pawar’s 143 along with Sujit Nayak’s 61 also ensured that Tata now lead by 271 going into the final day.
Division ‘A’: Group A: Tata Sports 124 and 299 for 2 (Sufiyan Shaikh 58,Kaustubh Pawar 143,Sujit Nayak 61) vs Air-India 152 (Ajit Chandila 34; Ramesh Powar 3/9); Jain Irrigation 309 (Amit Patil 59,Abhishek Raut 116; Kshemal Waingankar 4/81,A Sankalecha 5/55) vs D Y Patil ‘B’ (D Subramaniam 70,Vidyut 46,N Parab 44,Pankaj Jaiswal 31; Amol Jungade 4/56); Group B: D Y Patil ‘A’ 115 and 50 for 3 vs BPCL 259 (Anup Revandkar 50,Onkar Khanvilkar 45,Vinit Indulkar 36; Aniket Redkar 3/48,Siddharth Chitnis 3/56); Indian Oil 449 for 6 decl (Cheteshwar Pujara 200,Ajinkya Rahane 124,Abbas Ali 42) vs Western Railway ‘B’ 82 for 4 (Bhargav Meral batting 45; Balwinder Sandhu 3/31).
MCA president Savant to meet BCCI chief today
The Cricket Board is expected to decide on the request made by Mumbai Cricket Association to shift the second tour game of the England cricket team from BKC Ground to DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. I’m meeting the BCCI chief (N Srinivasan) tomorrow (to discuss the matter). I’m confident the Board would agree to the change in venue,” said MCA president Ravi Savant today. Savant continued to maintain his stand that the MCA’s BKC ground lacked facilities for holding such an important game,scheduled from November 3-5.
The BKC ground does not have facilities like toilets for the spectators. There are no catering facilities around the ground. And the fence is not tall or strong enough to prevent the crowd from jumping on to the ground,” he said. The Mumbai police,too,are sceptical about the security in and around the place,Sawant said adding that provisional bookings have been done at hotels in Navi Mumbai to accommodate the players.
England are to reach Mumbai on October 29 and will prepare for the four-Test series — considered a grudge rubber by India after their 0-4 rout in the last away series — by playing three warm-up tour games — two in Mumbai and the third in Ahmedabad,venue of the opening match of the rubber. England’s tour opener is scheduled from October 30 to November 1 at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium and the third game is to be held on a ground,just outside the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera from November 8-11. The opening Test is scheduled at the Motera main stadium from November 15-19 with the subsequent Tests scheduled in Mumbai,Kolkata (Dec 5-9) and Nagpur (Dec 13-17). England would play two T20 Internationals against India on December 20 (Pune) and December 22 (Mumbai) prior to departing home for the Christmas and New Year break,before returning to play in a five-match ODI series in January 2013.