Ranji Trophy: Mumbai vs Railways, Day 4
Mumbai, Nov 5: Mumbai secured three points on the basis of their first innings lead against Railways in their opening game of the Ranji Trophy 2012-13 season at the Wankhede Stadium.
Earlier, resuming on 380 for eight, Railways tailenders Krishnakant Upadhyay and Anureet Singh Kathuria made sure their team avoided a follow-on. With a boundary off Dhawal Kulkarni, Upadhyay took the team’s score to 422 and later in the over was the first to depart. He nicked Kulkarni to Aditya Tare behind stumps to return to the pavilion for 45. Four runs later, Hardik Rathod too was sent back by the Mumbai pacer to end the Railways innings for 426; Kathuria remained unbeaten on 30.
Kaustubh Pawar and Aditya Tare then came out to open Mumbai’s second innings and added 61 runs for the first wicket, before the latter scooped the ball back to Ashish Yadav to return for 26 runs. Tare’s return brought Ajinkya Rahane out to join Pawar at the crease, and the duo extended the home team’s lead to 218 at lunch.
With an outright result no longer on the cards, Mumbai continued to pile on runs. Rahane who had just been named in the national team’s Test squad against England reached his fifty off 57 balls soon after lunch. Pawar, meanwhile, scored 85, before he was dismissed by Yadav. Rahane soon followed him back for 84. His 81-ball stay at the crease was ended by Shivakant Shukla. In the next over Yadav castled Abhishek Nayar for naught. With Mumbai on 198 for four and Rohit Sharma still to get off the mark, Iqbal Abdulla came to the centre. A while after tea Sharma was dismissed by Rathod for 20.
Mumbai were 230 for five when play was finally called off.
At the end of Day 4: Railways 1st innings 426 all-out in 126.4 overs (K Upadhyay 45, A Kathuria 30*, D Kulkarni 2/59); Mumbai 2nd innings 230/5 in 64 overs (K Pawar 85, A Rahane 84; Yadav 3/92)
At the end of Day 3: Railways 1st innings 380/8 in 118 overs (Bhille 73, Bangar 67, Rawat 68; Agarkar 3/43, Abdullah 2/67)
At the end of Day 2: Mumbai 1st innings 570 all out in 151 overs (A Rahane 129, A Nayar 107*, S Shukla 53/3, A Kathuria 81/3); Railways 1st innings 86/2 in 28 overs (Bangar 36*; A Agarkar 20/2)
At the end of Day 1: Mumbai 1st innings 344/4 in 90 overs (S Tendulkar 137, A Rahane 105; A Kathuria 2/53)