India Domestic: Ranji Trophy Elite - 3rd Quarter-Final - Madhya Pradesh v Mumbai – 2nd Day’s Update
Madhya Pradesh 192 v Mumbai 346/7 (123.0 ov) - Mumbai lead by 154 runs with 3 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
On day two of the third quarterfinal in the ongoing Ranji Trophy Elite, Mumbai have taken a lead of 154 runs with three wickets in hand against Madhya Pradesh at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Tuesday, January 03, 2011.
The second day was a Mumbai show by all means as they resumed their first innings after having clobbered 70 runs for the loss of five wickets a day earlier.
With most of the top batsmen back in the pavilion, no one was expecting Mumbai to make a comeback in the first innings as they were well short of Madhya Pradesh’s first innings tally of 192.
From the way things had proceeded on the first day, it was evident that Madhya Pradesh bowlers would open the gates of hell for Kaustubh Pawar and Hiken Shah – Mumbai’s overnight batsmen.
The duo had little to look back at as they knew that they were the only hope for their team, for which they just had to counter the bowling offensive for as long as possible.
Pawar, who had scored 30 runs a day earlier, timed the deliveries splendidly to prevent the bowlers from grabbing his wicket, while his batting partner, Shah, who had amassed just a run on the first day, exhibited tremendous resolve as he stood defiant against Madhya Pradesh bowlers.
The duo hammered 79 runs in the sixth-wicket-partnership as they desperately sought to avoid losing their wickets without giving a fight.
Shah was the first to depart as he lost his wicket after playing a well crafted innings of 41 runs. At the time of his demise the side had amassed 139 runs.
Dhawal Kulkarni, then smashed a resilient knock of 40 runs right when Madhya Pradesh bowlers were trying to tighten the screws around the batting side.
On the other end, it was Pawar, who was playing stylish cricket and punishing the bowlers at his own will.
After the demise of Kulkarni, it was time for Ankeet Chavan to shine as the 26-year-old, smashed a stupendous unbeaten knock of 57 runs alongside Pawar (160), to help the side post a mammoth tally of 346 runs at stumps on the second day.