Ranji Trophy 2016: Mumbai strengthen position against Railways

Vijay Gohil, together with Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Sandhu ripped apart the Railways' middle order as Mumbai took a handsome 185-run lead.

By: PTI | Mysore | Published:November 7, 2016 9:18 pm
Ranji Trophy 2016, Ranji Trophy, Mumbai vs Railways, Mumbai vs Railways Ranji Trophy, Vijay Gohil, Shardul Thakur, Cricket news, Cricket Shardul Thakur took two wickets in the first innings for Mumbai against Railways. (Source: File)

Reigning champions Mumbai tightened their grip over their Ranji Trophy Group A match by bowling out Railways for 160 and scalping four more batsmen after enforcing follow on.

Railways began at 76 for three but left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil, together with Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Sandhu ripped apart the Railways’ middle order as Mumbai took a handsome 185-run lead.

Railways batsmen managed to get starts but there was no big partnerships as they continued to perish one after another.

Captain Karn Sharma was highest scorer with 24 while Ashish Singh made 22. Nitin Bhille (18) and Arindam Ghosh (17) too got starts but could not convert those into big ones.

Gohil, who had taken two of the three wickets yesterday, got rid of Gosh, Fiaz Ahmed (16) and Karan Thakur (0) to complete his five-wicket haul. Thakur and Sandhu took two wickets apiece.

Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare had no hesitation in enforcing follow on and his bowlers responded again by removing top four batsmen.

Railways ended the third day at 135 for four and are still trailing by 50 runs.

Faiz Ahmed (12) and Bhille (17) were at the crease while they lost Saurabh Wakaskar (39), Ashish Singh (19), Ghosh (31) and Shivkant Shukla, who could not open his account.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 1st innings: 345 all out

Railways 160 in 70.3 overs and 135 for 4 in 65 overs.