Ranji Trophy: Unadkat leads Saurashtra's fightback despite Iyer's valiant ton

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Ranji Trophy: Unadkat leads Saurashtra's fightback despite Iyer's valiant ton

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Arun S Kaimal

02/25/2016

Jaydev Unadkat scored crucial 31 runs at the end of the innings, before coming out to dismiss both the Mumbai openers, to bring Saurashtra back into the match. Shreyas Iyer's brilliant century recovered the situation for Mumbai, however, a late collapse has put the match hanging in the balance.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 235 in 93.2 overs (Arpit Vasavada 77(214), Prerak Mankad 66(142), Kulkarni 5/42, Thakur 3/89 trial Mumbai 262/8 in 66 overs (Shreyas Iyer 117(142), Suryakumar Yadav 48(112), Hardik Rathod 3/44, Chirag Jani 2/46) by 27 runs

After scoring 192/8 on day 1, Saurashtra added 43 more runs in the first session on day 2, before Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur wrapped up the tail. Kulkarni finished with impressive figures of 5/42, after he dismissed Mankad with a classic out-swinging delivery outside the off-stump.

Mumbai got off to a poor start in their first innings as Jaydev Unadkat, who made a quickfire 31 with the bat in the morning, removed Akhil Herwadkar with the second ball of his opening over. The Mumbai opener in an attempt to drive the ball on the up, edged it to the second slip.

In the seventh over, Bhavin Thakkar also went back to the pavilion as Unadkat knocked his stumps back with a perfect in-swinging delivery. Mumbai were struggling at 23/2 when Suryakumar Yadav joined Shreyas Iyer on the crease, and the duo formed a crucial partnership of 152 runs to put their team on the driving seat in the match.

Iyer scored a stunning century and remained on track to break VVS Laxman's record of most runs in a Ranji season. However, after his dismissal for 117 runs, Mumbai lost their way once again, as they lost six wickets for just 75 runs and went from 175/2 to 250/8 in the space of 22 overs.

Hardik Rathod and Chirag Jani broke Mumbai's middle and lower-middle order and Siddhesh Lad (22 runs of 57 balls) was the only batsman holding the fort for his team at the close of play on day 2. 

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