Rajasthan in driver’s seat against Mumbai (Ranji Roundup)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

NEW DELHI - Rajasthan out-batted defending champions Mumbai to reach 484 for seven and stretch their first innings lead to 232 on the third day of the Ranji Trophy Super League quarter-finals at Jaipur Sunday.

The hosts’ lead of 232 will make it improbable for Mumbai to go for an outright win. The match is now likely to end in a draw and in that case, Rajasthan, with their first innings lead, will qualify for the semifinals. Mumbai were all out for 252 in their first innings.

Resuming at 236 for one, the hosts needed 17 runs for the first innings lead. Skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar who was on 96 at the close of play Saturday, brought up his third century of the season and along with second day’s centurion Vineet Saxena took their overnight partnership for the second wicket to 240.

At close, Ashok Maneria was batting at 71. For Mumbai, Abhishek Nayar took four wickets for 97.

In another quarterfinal at Vadodara, Baroda are well set to make the semifinal cut after taking 168-run first innings lead against Railways. In the second innings, Railways were 220 for four, with Prashant Awashi batting at 85 and JP Yadav 8.

At Rohtak, fog once again disrupted play with only 24 overs bowled this day. Replying to Haryana’s first innings total of 379 for six declared, Tamil Nadu were 72 for two at stumps.

Brief scores:

At Rohtak: Haryana first innings 379/6 dec; Tamil Nadu first innings 72/2 (Abhinav Mukund batting 30)

At Indore: Madhya Pradesh 200 and 312/7 (Naman Ojha 68, Abbas Ali 64, Mohnish Mishra 45; Abhimanyu Mithun 2-49, Sunil Joshi 2-93); Karnataka first innings 361 all out (Robin Uthappa 44, KB Pawan 49, Amit Verma 85, Manish Pandey 49; Jalaj Saxena 4-43).

At Jaipur: Mumbai first innings 252 all out; Rajasthan first innings 484 for seven (Vineet Saxena 143. Hrishikesh Kanitkar 113, Rashmi Parida 53, Ashok Menaria batting 71; Abhishek Nayar 4-97).

At Vadodra: Railways 248 all out and 220/4 (Shreyas Khanolkar 56, Prashant Awasthi batting 85; Sankalp Vohra 2-49) ; Baroda first innings 416 all out (Kedar Devdhar 122, Yusuf Pathan 68, Ambati Rayudu 41; JP Yadav 3-63, Sanjay Bangar 3-62).

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