Abhishek Nayar's 91 helped Mumbai post a huge total of 411 in the second innings and give themselves a fighting chance going into the last day of the Ranji trophy final. Gujarat, who need to just ensure they are not all out on Day 5 to win the trophy, ended the day at 47 for no loss.
Resuming day 4 on 208/3, Mumbai's Surya Kumar Yadav and Aditya Tare batted carefully in the first hour of the play giving Gujarat bowlers plenty to ponder. Just 20 runs came from the first 14 overs of the day when finally Rush Kalaria broke the resistance by getting a nick off Yadav for a catch to keeper Parthiv Patel.
Siddhesh Lad assisted Aditya Tare in the middle
Mumbai did not look like they would last long after Tare departed for 69 runs just after lunch in Hardik Patel's bowling. However, Abhishek Nayar forged partnerships with the tail-enders to put Mumbai in a good position in the Ranji final. The left-hander put up a 44-run stand for the ninth wicket with Vishal Dabholkar after Balwinder Sandhu and Shardul Thakur departed in quick succession to leave Mumbai at 326/8. Nayar made Gujarat wait for ten overs after tea break by when he suddenly upped the scoring rate and took Mumbai past the 400 mark. However, the 33-year old departed as the final wicket with the score at 411 and Mumbai's lead ballooning to 311 runs.
Gujarat's openers batted freely with Priyank Panchal dispatching Sandhu and Shardul Thakur for four boundaries at the start of the innings. They ended the day at 47/0 with Panchal at 34 not out and 256 more runs to score on the final day to win the title.
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