Mumbai 171 for 4 (Suryakumar 73, Waghela 48) trail Tamil Nadu 305 (Indrajith 64, Shankar 50, Gandhi 50, Nayar 4-66, Thakur 4-75) by 134 runs
Rajkot: Mumbai pacer trio Shardul Thakur, Abhishek Nayar and Balwinder Sandhu ensured today morning that Tamil Nadu tail did not lasts long and bowled them for 305 in morning session here at Rajkot in one of semifinal of India’s prestigious domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. In reply Mumbai struggles after fine innings by Suryakumar Yadav and Praful Waghela. Mumbai are still 134 runs behind in first inning.
Tamil Nadu who were 261 for 6 overnight, lost 4 wickets for just 44 runs in morning session. They committed same mistakes they did yesterday at final session after being in comfort zone. Their overnight batsmen V Srinivas and Aswin Crist looked steady in morning but Mumbai pacers did what they are known for. Nayar and Thakur picked four wickets each while Sandhu and Gohil picked one each.
41 time champions began their response with debutant Prithvi Shaw and Praful Waghela. Shaw who opened his account with four in very first over trapped by Karthik off Aswin Crist on fuller and wider length delivery. He scored just 4 runs in his debut inning. Middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav promoted up the order at number 3 and he along with opener Waghela built Mumbai’s inning. Yadav scored some runs quickly for Mumbai with his classic strokes. He scored his 20th first class fifty. Yadav misfortunates again on wider delivery off Vijay Shankar and Karthik again did no mistakes. Yadav helped hid team with 73 runs inning including 11 fours and 1 over the rope.
After Yadav’s dismissal, Tamil Nadu bowlers another two wickets within just 3 runs interval and they kept Mumbai on back foot. Mis-understanding between Lad and Waghela caused big bow for Mumbai and Waghela departed for 48. In the next over Siddhesh Lad dismissed for duck. After these quick wickets skipper Aditya Tare and Shreyas Iyer steadily built Mumbai’s inning. At the end of day 2, Mumbai managed to score 171 for 4 60 over. Mumbai still trail by 134 runs with 6 wickets.