Day one belongs to Herwadkar and Suryakumar


After a strong start, Mumbai concedes some ground in the latter part with laboured play and loss of wickets.

After having threatened to put up a mammoth first innings score, Mumbai retreated and stopped just short of dropping into a trench on day one of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Jharkhand at the SDNR Wadiyar Stadium here on Wednesday.

A total of 303 for six from 90 overs might not seem that bad on what was essentially a two-paced wicket. But Akhil Herwadkar’s third century of the season (107, 217b, 12x4), Suryakumar Yadav’s fine half-century (75, 70b, 9x4, 2x6) and Shreyas Iyer’s excellent 53-ball 45 sugar-coated with eight boundaries should have helped achieve more. At stumps, skipper Abhishek Nayar was on 25 and debutant Sufiyan Shaikh on nought.

Mumbai, after electing to bat, was off to a cautious start. The first convincing scoring efforts were seen only in the fifth over when Jay Bista drove two in the ‘V’ for fours. But it was not long before he was consumed by a full-length seaming delivery from left-armer Jaskaran Singh.

Element of thrill

The entry of Shreyas, though, brought with it an element of thrill. The youngster who has been in terrific touch this season played true to his form. He drove elegantly through covers and cut with finesse even as Herwadkar stood like a rock at the other end. The 50-run partnership for the second wicket came off just 53 balls of which Shreyas scored 38. The promising innings was cut-short when Shahbaz Nadeem’s arm-ball breached his defence and stuck his pads but Suryakumar, the next batsman, kept the run-rate up. He was particularly severe on the leg-side, sweeping ever so well and dancing down the track majestically. Herwadkar too perhaps didn’t want to be left behind, hitting a flurry of fours to get to his 50. Except for a mistimed hook when on 13 and an attempted heave on 96 which just about cleared the fielder at short-midwicket, it was a chanceless innings.

“My mindset has changed,” he would say later. “My game is a bit attacking. But I am not playing that from the start. I am taking time to judge things and get set. It’s helping me.”

The 136-run third wicket alliance was broken when Suryakumar slashed wide of off-stump and was caught behind by Ishank Jaggi, who kept wickets for a good part of the second session after the regular keeper S.P. Gautam injured himself while diving. Then, Siddesh Lad clubbed three boundaries in a 13-minute 26-ball vigil before he was run out. Mumbai laboured thereafter as not a single boundary came off the bat in close to 20 overs. In between, Herwadkar, stepping out a fraction too soon, was stumped down the leg-side.

The scores:

Mumbai — 1st innings: Akhil Herwadkar st Jaggi b Nadeem 107, Jay Bista b Jaskaran 9, Shreyas Iyer lbw b Nadeem 45, Suryakumar Yadav c Jaggi b Jaskaran 75, Siddesh Lad (run out) 16, Abhishek Nayar (batting 25), Dhawal Kulkarni c Jaggi b Kaushal 11, Sufiyan Shaikh (batting) 0; Extras (b-10, lb-2, w-1, nb-2): 15; Total (for six wickets in 90 overs): 303.

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-91, 3-227, 4-254, 5-265, 6-303.

Jharkhand bowling: Rahul Shukla 17-6-38-0, Jaskaran Singh 13-3-57-2, Anand Singh 1-0-10-0, Shahbaz Nadeem 30-6-96-2, Kaushal Singh 15-8-26-1, Samar Quadri 14-2-64-0.

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