Writing is on the wall for Mumbai Ranji team
Defending champions staring at early exit after another poor batting display
Gujarat find themselves well placed to send Mumbai crashing out of the Ranji Trophy if they can build upon the good work of the first two days. They first took a 99-run first innings lead over Mumbai and then reduced the visitors to 76 for four in their second essay here yesterday.
In reply to Mumbai’s 154, Gujarat posted 253 all out in their first innings to take a solid lead. At stumps, Mumbai were struggling with their top four batsmen back in the pavilion. Hiken Shah and Iqbal Abdulla, both unbeaten on four, were at the crease.
Earlier, resuming on 90 for two, Gujarat lost their overnight batsman Parthiv Patel, who added just one more run to his overnight score of five. But the other overnight batsman Samit Gohel, resuming on 36, went on to complete his half century.
He scored a fine 58 off 171 balls, laced with five hits to the fence. Y Venugopal Rao (39), Akshar Patel (36) and Chirag Gandhi(26) also chipped in with valuable runs but none of them could convert their scores into a big one.
For Mumbai, Iqbal Abdulla was the pick of the bowlers with figures of six for 42, while Shardul Thakur claimed 3-54. In their second innings also, Mumbai got off to a poor start as they were straightaway reduced to 18 for two.
Although skipper Wasim Jaffer (16) and Suryakumar Yadav (34) steadied the innings, they failed to see the day off. Gujarat’s medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3-12) chipped in with crucial wickets.
Brief scores: Mumbai: 154 & 76 for four in 33 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 34; Jasprit Bumrah 3-12). Gujarat: 253 (Samit Gohel 58, Iqbal Abdulla 6-42).