Railways Leg-spinner Karn Sharma grabbed six wickets, including a sensational three in 12 balls, but Mumbai rode on opener Akhil Herwadkar’s disciplined knock of 145 to take the first innings lead in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Mumbai on Monday.
Replying to Railways’ paltry first innings total of 217, Mumbai ended day two of the four-day tie at 330 for 9 for a lead of 113 on a Wankhede Stadium track offering appreciable turn to the slow bowlers, indicated by the 28-year-old Sharma’s impressive figures of 6 for 90.
At stumps, Nikhil Patil was unbeaten with a well-made 82 along with number 11 batsman Vishal Dabholkar (0) after left-handed Herwadkar had played the sheet-anchor’s role with aplomb in his 277-minute stay in which he hit 15 fours and 2 sixes.
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Mumbai, in fact, started at 4 for 2 in the morning when Herwadkar and Shreyas Iyer (57 in 62 balls; 1×6, 8×4) flayed the attack to take the hosts to 131.
Sharma then produced a magical spell to dismiss Iyer, Mumbai captain Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad while off-spinner Arnab Nandi accounted for Suryakumar Yadav to leave the home team gasping at 147 for 6.
UP-born Sharma, who played in the Adelaide Test against Australia during India’s tour last season, had the aggressive Iyer caught behind off a forcing shot and then bamboozled Tare for a duck and Lad for 5.
And with Nandi accounting for Yadav, Mumbai slumped from 131 for 2 to 147 for 6 in 21 minutes and 24 balls before lunch.
Herwadkar found in Patil the ideal man to counter the spin threat. The latter used his feet convincingly, either to go forward or play back, and the duo put on a seventh wicket partnership of 124 at run-a-minute to regain the initiative.
Herwadkar was out just before tea, falling to Sharma’s guiles, but Patil — who hit four sixes over the straight field and two fours — batted with the tail to prolong the innings.
Brief Scores: Railways 217. Mumbai 330 for 9 (A Herwadkar 145, S Iyer 57, Nikhil Patil 82 not out, V Dabholkar 0 not out; K Sharma 6 for 90)
Baroda in strong position against Railways on Day 2
Hardik Pandya and Pinal Shah struck half centuries to take Baroda to 475 all out before the home side reduced Punjab to 112 for three on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Vadodara on Monday.
Resuming at 344 for 3, Baroda added 131 runs today in 40.5 overs with Pandya (59) and Shah (55) doing most of the scoring as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Brief Score: Baroda 1st Innings: 475 all out in 130.5 overs (Kedar Devdhar 186, Aditya Waghmode 96, Hardik Pandya 59, Pinal Shah 55; Deepak Bansal 3/57) Punjab 1st Innings: 112 for 3 in 36 overs (Uday Kaul 47 batting, Yuvraj Singh 43 batting; Irfan Pathan 2/33)
Tamil Nadu 174/6 against UP on Day 2
Uttar Pradesh held the edge after Vijay Shankar’s 92 guided Tamil Nadu to 174 for six in reply to the home team’s 348 all out in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Kanpur on Monday.
Resuming at their overnight score of 277 for four, Uttar Pradesh lost Saurabh Kumar (41) for the addition of 33 runs at the Green Park Stadium. Kumar smashed a breezy 41 off 27 balls, striking nine boundaries.
Gujarat on verge of taking 1st innings lead against MP
Gujarat closed in on securing an innings lead by reducing Madhya Pradesh to 187 for 7 on the second day of their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match in Surat on Monday.
Starting the day at 252 for 6, Gujarat rode on a handy half-century from Axar Patel (55) and a 38 from Rush Kalaria.
Jalaj Saxena took three wickets while Puneet Datey and Ankit Kushwah chipped in with two each, but Gujarat still managed a healthy first-innings total of 311.
In reply, Madhya Pradesh lost wickets at regular intervals right from the start. A lot of batsmen made starts, but only Naman Ojha (56) could muster a fifty.
The visitors are now left with a massive task in hand to get back into the match.
Brief Scores: Gujarat 1st innings: 311 all out in 106.1 overs (Manpreet Juneja 61, Rujul Bhatt 51, Axar Patel 55; Jalaj Saxena 3/56) Madhya Pradesh 1st innings: 187 for 7 in 71 overs (Naman Ojha 56; R P Singh 2/51)