Parthiv, Juneja help Gujarat take lead

Fielding lapses hurt Mumbai

Parthiv Patel (90) and Manprit Juneja’s (77) knocks helped Gujarat to a first innings lead in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final in Indore. When play ended on Day 2, Gujarat were leading by 63 runs with four wickets in hand as Chirag Gandhi (17*) and Rush Kalaria (16*) saw the team through to the end of day’s play.

Earlier, resuming the day on two without loss, a brilliant diving catch by Surya Kumar Yadav in the slips sent back Samit Gohil. The opener had nicked Shardul Thakur to the slips with 11 on the board. 26 runs later, Abhishek Nayar drew an edge from Priyank Panchal to the wicketkeeper to give Mumbai another crucial breakthrough in the morning. The defending champions however were not able to capitalise on the early advantage as Parthiv joined Bhargav Merai in the middle. The Gujarat captain survived on 20 having nicked a Shardul Thakur delivery as the pacer had over-stepped. The pair then took the team to Lunch at 73 for two.

In the first half of the second session, Nayar forced an edge from Merai through to the wicketkeeper with Gujarat on 106 for three. Parthiv then continued to glean runs off the Mumbai attack with Manprit Juneja for company. The pair stitched a 120-run stand which helped the side script a solid reply for Mumbai. Juneja, who had replaced the No 3 bat in the middle, was let off at short mid-wicket by Shreyas Iyer off Nayar while on 15. The middle-order bat, who has been in good nick through the season went on to anchor the innings to a first innings lead during his 95-ball stay at the crease. Lapses in the field proved expensive as the batsmen seized the initiative from Mumbai.

In the final session of the day, Mumbai got three wickets. With two runs required to level scores with Mumbai, Parthiv departed edging Nayar to Aditya Tare behind the stumps. With Rujul Bhatt, Juneja then took the team to 254 before he was sent back by Thakur. 10 runs later, Balwinder Sandhu accounted for the No 6 bat. Mumbai’s woes in the field continued as Gandhi and Kalaria took the team to stumps in a 27-run stand unbroken stand.

Brief scores:

Day 1 - Mumbai 1st inn 228/10 in 83.5 overs (P Shaw 71, SK Yadav 57, R Bhatt 2/5, CT Gaja 2/46, RP Singh 2/48); Gujarat 1st inn 2/0 in 1 over. Trail by 22r runs

Day 2 – Gujarat 1st inn 291/6 in 92 overs (P Patel 90, M Juneja 77, C Gandhi 17*, R Kalaria 16*, A Nayar 3/91, S Thakur 2/67) Lead by 63 runs 

Prajakta Pawar
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Disciplined Gujarat bowl Mumbai out for 228

Prithvi Shaw top-scores for Mumbai with 71

Asked to bat first in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final at Holkar Stadium, the Mumbai middle-order disintegrated in the first innings as Parthiv Patel’s men hit the deck hard. RP Singh led the charge by trapping Akhil Herwadkar lbw with just 13 runs on the board. Back in the side after missing a few games due to injury, the opener was done in by the accuracy of the senior paceman’s delivery. Prithvi Shaw then carried the innings forward with Shreyas Iyer. However, after biding his time at the crease, the No 3 bat, fishing outside the off-stump edged a Chintan Gaja delivery to the wicketkeeper and returned for 14.

After the end of the 41-run stand, Surya Kumar Yadav joined Shaw in taking the innings to Lunch at 97 for two. However, Mumbai’s woes continued into the second session. The opener, who had settled in after surviving on 26, was run out for 71 in the third over post Lunch. 22 runs later, Aditya Tare was sent back by Hardik Patel with the side on 128 for four.

Surya Kumar Yadav, who had done the hard yards to bring up his half-century was the next to return to the dressing room; miscuing Gaja towards mid-off. With the team precariously poised at 169 for five, Abhishek Nayar joined Siddhesh Lad in an effort to put up a solid total. But 10 runs later, Lad was sent back by RP Singh at the stroke of Tea.

Nayar resumed Mumbai’s innings at 179 for six with Balwinder Sandhu and added 49 runs to the tally in the last session before being the last batsman to be out. While Sandhu nicked Rujul Bhatt to the slips, the bowler forced an edge from Shardul Thakur through to the slips a bit later. Couple of overs later, Vishal Dabholkar was run out. And after adding 21 runs for the last wicket, Nayar was done in by a bouncer from Rush Kalaria.

Gujarat then survived a nervous moment as Thakur drew an edge from Samit Gohil to the slips but was dropped off the first ball by Shaw at first slip. The openers then took the team to stumps without further hiccups.

Brief scores: 

Day 1 - Mumbai 1st inn 228/10 in 83.5 overs (P Shaw 71, SK Yadav 57, R Bhatt 2/5, CT Gaja 2/46, RP Singh 2/48); Gujarat 1st inn 2/0 in 1 over. Trail by 22r runs 

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