Opener Akhil Herwadkar missed out on a hundred by four runs as Mumbai reached 244 for five at stumps on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Railways in Mysore on Saturday.
Herwadkar batted for the better part of the day anchoring the innings with other contributions coming from Shreyas Iyer (70) and Suryakumar Yadav, who remained unbeaten on 60.
Herwadkar hit 15 fours and a six before falling four runs short of a third straight hundred in as many games.
The southpaw had struck 153 and 106 against Madhya Pradesh and Baroda respectively.
His good work then was carried forward by Yadav, who played a very patient knock.
Herwadkar’s dismissal led to fall of two quick wickets — Aditya Tare and Siddhesh Lad — with leggie Karn Sharma doing the damage towards the end of the day.
Brief scores: Mumbai 244/5 in 90 overs (Herwadkar 96, Iyer 70; Karn Sharma 3/56).
Tamil Nadu bowl out Baroda for 93
Krishnamoorthy Vignesh and Aswin Crist shared nine wickets between them as Tamil Nadu bundled out Baroda for 93 in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match in Raipur.
Vignesh was the most successful for Tamil Nadu, returning impressive figures of 5/23, while Crist, also a medium pace bowler, picked up 4/39 after Baroda were sent into bat on day one of the match at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
By the end of day’s play, Tamil Nadu progressed to 79 for 1 in 31 overs, trailing by only 14 runs with nine wickets remaining.
Yadav, Dwivedi steer UP to 300/6 against Punjab
Kuldeep Yadav (62 not out) and wicketkeeper Eklavya Dwivedi (60) rescued Uttar Pradesh from a shaky 143 for five to take the team to 300 for six at the close of first day’s play against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy Group A match in Hyderabad.
At stumps, left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar (39 not out) was giving Kuldeep, known more for his chinaman bowling, company.
Opting to bat, UP did not have an ideal start as they lost both their openers — skipper Tanmay Srivastava (0) and Samarth Singh (12) — cheaply, to be struggling at 31 for two.
Shubhek Gil (3/52) and Sandeep Sharma (2/68) managed to cause the early damage despite important contributions from Umang Sharma (49) and Rinku Singh (50).
However, Yadav and Dwivedi played patient and responsible knocks, and in the process pulled the team out of a jittery start by putting on a solid 99-run stand together for the sixth wicket.
Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 300 for six in 90 overs (Kuldeep Yadav 62 batting, Eklavya Dwivedi 60, Rinku Singh 50; Shubhek Gil 3/52) vs Punjab