It had been an eventful third day’s play in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A clash between Mumbai and Gujarat in the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday. First Dhruv Raval (99) was unfortunate to miss a century brought Gujarat near overhauling Mumbai’s first innings total. Then Chintan Gaja staged Mumbai’s collapse until Aditya Tare’s remarkable 59 () along with his 58-run venture with Shivam Dube (40 n.o.) assisted the host regain ascendancy.
Shivam Dubey, that hit a hundred in the first innings and took few wickets, will finally have to shepherd the lower order to push Mumbai, on 157 for 7, towards a complete they can be based on the last day. They lead by 173 runs and considering that Tushar Deshpande suffered a hamstring injury, the onus will now rest on Dubey and also the number nine batsman Dhrumil Matkar.
Mumbai opener Jay Bista once again had no response to an incoming delivery from Gaja — the chunk had rammed to the pad prior to the bat could come down.
Akhil Herwadkar edged a delivery outside off, just as he had done in the first innings. Mumbai’s hope rested on their experienced Suryakumar Yadav however he had been taken out lbw by lovely incoming delivery from Kalaria. Siddesh Lad, Mumbai’s tragedy guy, was a bit unlucky as the ball didn’t bounce as far as he’d expected.
The scores: Mumbai — 1st innings: 297.
Gujarat — 1st innings: Kathan Patel c Tare b Kulkarni 28, Priyank Panchal c Tare b Dias 31, Bhargav Merai b Dube 4, Manprit Juneja c Tare b Dube 37, Rujul Bhatt c Jaffer b Bista 41, Dhruv Raval c Tare b Dube 99, Roosh Kalaria c Suryakumar b Dias 23, Piyush Chawla c Tare b Dias 1, Chintan Gaja lbw b Kulkarni 2, Arzan Nagwaswalla c Jaffer b Kulkarni 0, Siddharth Desai (not out) 5; Extras (lb-2, nb-2, w-6): 10; Total (in 99.4 overs): 28.
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-60, 3-64, 4-131, 5-154, 6-214, 7-216, 8-232, 9-238.
Mumbai bowling: Kulkarni 24-9-71-3, Deshpande 7-1-23-0, Dias 25-5-74-3, Dube 24.4-8-50-3, Matkar 11-1-38-0, Bista 8-0-23-1.
Mumbai — 2nd innings: Akhil Herwadkar c Bhatt b Kalaria 10, Jay Bista lbw b Gaja 0, Siddhesh Lad b Gaja 17, Suryakumar Yadav lbw b Kalaria 1, Armaan Jaffer c Raval b Gaja 5, Aditya Tare c Chawla b Desai 59, Dhawal Kulkarni c Panchal b Gaja 6, Shivam Dube (batting) 40, Dhrumil Matkar (batting) 12; Extras (b-1, lb-6): 7; Total (for seven wickets, in 58 overs): 157.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-18, 3-20, 4-28, 5-41, 6-66, 7-124.
Gujarat bowling: Kalaria 14-3-44-2, Gaja 22-7-50-4, Nagwaswalla 12-1-34-0, Desai 5-1-12-1, Bhatt 2-2-0-0, Chawla 3-0-10-0.