Rohit Sharma’s hundred would have helped Indian Team: Mumbai coach

New Zealand bowlers were put to a stern test as Ranji Trophy Champions Mumbai reached 431/5 to gain a comfortable 107-run lead on the second day of the three-day practice game here on Saturday.

Resuming at 29/1, Mumbai rode on brilliant centuries from opener Kaustubh Pawar (100) and Suryakumar Yadav (103) and half centuries from Armaan Jaffer (69), skipper Aditya Tare (53 not out) and Siddhesh Lad (86 not out) to make things difficult for the visitors.

India’s concern will be the form of Rohit Sharma, who failed to make score in the three-day practice game and fell after making 18 runs. He was out stumped but the Mumbai coach didn’t feel that it was a disappointing outing for the Indian batsmen.

The highlight of the day was the two century-plus partnerships from the young Mumbai batsmen, with the second wicket stand between Pawar and Jaffer yielding 107 runs while Pawar and Yadav produced another 155 runs for the fourth wicket.

Pawar consumed 228 balls for his century, including 15 fours and a six, while Yadav’s brisk 86-ball knock was laced with nine fours and eight giant sixes.