Dias, Ranjane help Mumbai take first innings lead

Mumbai: Disciplined bowling performance by the strike bowlers helped Mumbai take first innings lead of 29 and restrict Baroda for 436 runs on third day of the Ranji Trophy Group ‘A’ encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.  Left-arm pacer Royston Dias was the wrecker-in-chief with four wickets for 99 runs and was well supported by Shubham Ranjane (3-62) and Akash Parkar (2-52).

However, despite having momentum on their side, Mumbai once again fumbled and lost two quick wickets in their second innings. All-rounder Hardik Pandya (2-4 in 6 overs) captured both the wickets – opener Aditya Tare (eight) and night-watchman Karsh Kothari (0).

When stumps were drawn, Mumbai were 20-2 with total lead of 49 runs. skipper  Siddhesh Lad (2) was batting along with opener Vikrant Auti (2). Medium pacer Ranjane who picked up three wickets in successive three overs — Shivalik Sharma, Yusuf Pathan (8) and Swapnil Singh (0), said, Mumbai will try for outright win. “I don’t think there will be pressure on us after we lost two early wickets on Sunday. We will make comeback strongly. We will try to post a good total and go for the kill,” he said.

Resuming at 244-1, Dias provided the hosts breakthrough, when he trapped centurian Vishnu Solanki (133) in front of the wicket. Meanwhile, opener Aditya Waghmode, who was unbeaten on 87 on second day, went on to score his hundred before lunch.

However, he added 14 runs thereafter as Dias had him caught at the deep square leg. At that stage Baroda were 307 for three, still needing 157 runs with seven wickets in hand to go past Mumbai’s first innings score. Pandya and Shivalik Sharma did show some signs of recovery, adding 44 runs for the fourth wicket.

Shivalik who completed his half-century did not last long as he perished edging Ranjane for wicketkeeper Tare to snatch on to it.  For a change Pandya looked more defensive and kept on picking runs of loose balls. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a mere spectator as the wicket kept on tumbling at the other end.

Sensing the urgency of runs, Pandya increased the pace of runs off his willow. After scoring 50 of 118 deliveries, he scored 23 runs off 19 balls, and was the last victim of Mumbai as Baroda innings was folded after tea. Pandya’s knock of 73 was laced with nine hits to the fence and one over the fence.

Gill slams double ton

In Mohali, A late strike by Sandeep Sharma gave Punjab the advantage against Tamil Nadu at the end of  day three of their Elite Group ‘B’ match.  Faced with a massive deficit of 264 runs, Abhinav Mukund was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma for 74 (141 balls, nine fours) towards close of play to leave Tamil Nadu at 166 for three. Earlier, Punjab were bowled out for 479 in response to Tamil Nadu’s first innings total of 215, built around young Shubman Gill’s brilliant knock of 268 (328 balls) which included 29 fours and four sixes.

The home side appeared on track for a huge total as Gill, resuming on his overnight score of 199, continued to bat with ease. Though he lost skipper Mandeep Singh (50) early in the day, he found an able ally in the experienced Yuvraj Singh (41) and added 61 runs at a fast clip.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai: 465 & 20-2 (H Pandya  2 -4) vs Baroda: 436 (V Solanki 133, A Waghmode 114, H Pandya 73, S Sharma 51; R Dias 4-99, S Ranjane 3-62). Tamil Nadu: 215 & 166-3 (A Mukund 74, N Jagadeesan 50) vs Punjab: 479 (S Gill 268, M Singh 50, R Kishore 6-107).
— Inputs from agencies

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