Defending champs Mumbai fought their way back into the Ranji trophy final against Gujarat today to go ahead by 108 runs after having conceded a 100-run lead in the first innings. Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant 82-run innings and was ably supported by cameos from Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav.
Resuming their innings from an overnight score of 291/6, Gujarat lost Chirag Gandhi in the first over of the morning session. Shardul Thakur bowled a probing line outside the off stump and induced an edge from Gandhi which was gobbled up by Suryakumar in the slip cordon. The rest of the lower-order failed to provide much of a resistance as Balwinder Sandhu and Thakur cleaned up the tail to bowl out Gujarat for 328 in the 13th over of the first session.
However, a 100-run lead in the first innings gave the Gujarat bowlers enough of a cushion to go after the Mumbai batsmen. The defending champions got off to a good start in their second innings with Prithvi Shaw threatening to score another big knock. He and Akhil Herwadkar produced a fifty-run partnership for the first wicket with the former doing most of the scoring.
Eventually, Chintan Gaja got the opening breakthrough when Herwadkar produced an outside edge while attempting to cut a wide delivery. Meanwhile, Shaw was in the middle of a blazing knock at the other end. The youngster was batting with a strike rate fit for T20s but his brilliant innings came to an end in the 14th over when he edged one to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Shaw departed for 44, off just 35 balls, courtesy of eight stunning boundaries.
With both their openers dismissed, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav had to rebuild the Mumbai innings. The duo produced a 127-run partnership for the third wicket before Gaja struck once again in the final session. Iyer chased a delivery outside the off stump and was fooled by the seam movement generated by the pacer, leading to an outside edge to Parthiv Patel.
Aditya Tare and Suryakumar Yadav then ensured that Mumbai did not lose any more wickets in the final few overs, and the defending champions ended the third day with a lead of 108 runs with seven wickets in hand. The match is tightly poised at the moment, and the morning session tomorrow could decide the outcome of this final.
BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 12, 2017
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