Amandeep Khare was the best batsman on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match between Mumbai and Chhattisgarh at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
There was assistance from the pitch for the seamers and Khare played the waiting game to keep the Mumbai pace battery at bay for two hours and eight minutes before falling the fourth victim to Shardul Thakur. But his resolve and some big blows by Vishal Singh — the two put on 61 for the fifth wicket — did not help Chhattisgarh’s cause.
The Game: As it Happened
On day 2, the umpires extended the play by half an hour. With 91 runs to win, the Mumbai openers Jay Bista and Vikrant Auti batted cautiously to make 77 runs off 22 overs at the end of the day.
For the second day, the medium pacers of both teams manipulated the seam to cause the downfall of the batsmen. Resuming at the score of 118 for 3, Mumbai was skittled out for the addition of seventy runs. The home team could have been dismissed for a lower score had wicket-keeper Lavin Coster not put down left-hander Shivam Dube on two.
Recalled after being dropped for three matches, Suryakumar Yadav, showed much promise when he worked away from the second ball of the day from seamer Pankaj Rao to the mid-wicket fence, but once he pressed forward to defend Rao and edged to Ashutosh Singh in the slip cordon, Mumbai found runs tough to come by. Shubham Ranjane showed the full face the bat and hit three straight down the ground boundary shots, but he fell playing across to Shakeeb Ahmed.
With very little to defend, the likes of Pankaj Rao, Shakeeb Ahmed, Harpreet Bhatia and Abhimanyu Chauhan bowled with nagging accuracy and outsmarted the Mumbai batsmen.
Mumbai took lunch without separating the rival’s opening pair, but after the break, Thakur picked up three quick wickets. Soon Vishal Singh counter-attacked Tushar Deshpande, but after he was given out caught by umpire Nitin Menon, the Chhattisgarh second innings folded up from 134 for six to 149. In all, seventeen wickets tumbled on the second day, partly because of some efficient bowling and partly because of inept batting.
With just needing 14 more runs to win, Mumbai completed the formalities in just a few minutes on day 3 by winning the match by 9 wickets.
Chhattisgarh – 1st Innings: 129
Mumbai – 1st Innings: 188
Chhattisgarh – 2nd Innings: 149
Mumbai – 2nd Innings: 91 ( With a loss of 1 Wicket )
Result: Mumbai won the match by 9 wickets.
Other stats from day 3
Railways win by an innings and 58 runs against Maharashtra.
Sikkim wins by 10 wickets against Arunachal Pradesh.
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