Akhil Herwadkar notched up an unbeaten century as Mumbai inched closer to Madhya Pradesh’s first innings total by progressing to 290 for five in their Group A Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.
At stumps on the third and penultimate day of the game, Herwadkar was batting on 136 and giving him company was Tushar Deshpande on eight at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.
Aditya Tare made 80 off 165 balls with the help of 10 boundaries.
Opener Herwadkar, who was batting on 29 overnight, scored his runs off 326 deliveries, and found the fence 19 times.
Herwadkar was involved in a partnership of 155 runs for the fifth wicket with Tare, as Mumbai trailed by 155 runs by the end of day’s play.
In the middle order, Suryakumar Yadav contributed 41 off 90 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
Madhya Pradesh were all out for 445 in their first innings, with Rajat Patidar top-scoring with 106.
Mumbai were 38 for two overnight and lost Shreyas Iyer early in the morning, but Herwadkar added 67 runs for the fourth wicket with Yadav to steady the innings, before consolidating it in the company of Tare.
Mukund’s ton helps TN reach 398/6 in reply to UP’s 524
A brilliant 154 by skipper Abhinav Mukund and half-centuries by Dinesh Karthik and Baba Indrajith enabled Tamil Nadu reach 398 for six in their first innings on the penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match here.
Tamil Nadu now need 126 more runs with four wickets in hand to overtake Uttar Pradesh’s first innings total of 524.
At the close of play, Indrajith was unbeaten on a solid 70 and giving him company at the other end was A Aswin Crist on 2.
Earlier, starting the day on 34 for one, overnight batsman Mukund, resuming at a personal score of 18, went on to put up a dominating show with the bat and complete his century.
En-route to his 154 that came off 249 deliveries and studded with 26 boundaries and a six, Mukund also put on crucial partnerships.
Tamil Nadu captain shared a solid 132-run stand for the fourth wicket with Karthik, whose 121-ball 73 included 11 hits to the fence and another 50 runs with Indrajith for the fifth wicket.
Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: 524
Tamil Nadu 1st innings: 398 for six in 110 overs (Abhinav Mukund 154, Dinesh Karthik 73, Baba Indrajith 70 batting; Ankit Rajpoot 2/91).
Railways need 300 runs against Gujarat
Gujarat held the edge as Railways required another 300 runs for an improbable victory with six wickets remaining in their Group A Ranji Trophy match here today.
At stumps on the third and penultimate day of the game at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Lahli, Mahesh Rawat was batting on 52 with Arindam Ghosh on 26, to help Railways to 171 for four in 61 overs.
Overnight 295 for three following a fluent century by Priyank Kirit Panchal (106) and Bhargav Merai’s 70, Gujarat rode on half centuries by Manpreet Juneja (66), Chirag Gandhi (60 not out) Parthiv Patel (53) to notch up 437 for seven declared in their second innings on day two yesterday.
After managing just 187 in their first innings, Gujarat bowled out Railways for a megare 124 to take the upper hand.
For Railways, Deepak Bansl, Ranjit Mali and Karn Sharma picked up two wickets apiece.
Rawat’s knock was laced with five boundaries and three sixes.
When stumps were called on day two, Parthiv Patel (39) and Manpreet Juneja (59) were the two batsmen at the crease.