Bangalore: Siddesh Lad and tail-ender Javed Khan kept Mumbai in hunt for a first innings lead with their fighting knocks as they ended the second day at 217 for seven, trailing by just 34 runs against Karnataka in Group A Ranji Trophy match on Monday.

Karnataka pacer H S Sharath and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal took three wickets each as they cleaned up the top order, before Lad got going and brought Mumbai back into reckoning. At stumps, Lad and Khan were batting on 59 and 33 runs, respectively. Lad cracked seven boundaries and a six, while Khan smashed four boundaries and a six as well. Both have added a crucial 56-run stand for eighth wicket, which gave a glimmer of hope for Mumbai to get first innings lead against table-toppers Karnataka.

Siddesh, who has one century under his belt in List A match, came in when Mumbai were in dire straits with 99 for five and Karnataka’s 251 all out looking an uphill task for Mumbai to get past it.However, the 21-year-old right-hand batsman built invaluable partnerships of 30 and 32 with Doraiswamy Subramanian (15) and Shardul Thakur (18) for sixth and seventh wicket, respectively.

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