Mumbai turns the tables on Hyderabad

HYDERABAD NOV. 10. Mumbai batted itself into a position of strength, scoring 194 for three in the second innings after skittling out the host for 130 on the second day of the four-day Elite Group Ranji Trophy match at Gymkhana Grounds here on Sunday.

The professionalism of the Mumbai outfit was there as it ensured the Hyderabad tail didn't wag much by removing the last five wickets for just 48 runs this morning. Debutant medium-pacer Avishkar Salvi returned with an impressive figures of 24-9-40-5 while his captain Paras Mhambrey (three for 55) gave him a good support from the other end with equally effective pace bowling.

And in the second essay, Mumbai demonstrated the essence of staying put when the going was tough on a pitch that was still unplayable.

What helped Mumbai's cause was the quick realisation of the top-order batsmen that driving away from the body would be inviting danger. This saw the Hyderabad medium-pacers Narinderpal Singh and Vishnuvardhan struggle a lot, particularly in the post-lunch session.

Another disturbing sight was the lack of normal exuberance to go for the kill with even the normally brilliant fielder Shivaji Yadav too fumbling often on the field.

The drooping shoulders did give an impression as if Hyderabad had surrendered a bit too early despite Nandakishore's vociferous efforts to lift the morale of his teammates.

For Mumbai, it was the diminutive opener Vinayak Mane (83, 229 min, 193 balls, 11 x 4) who was the key performer. Despite a hesitant start, Mane was quick to adjust to the vagaries of the conditions and played a stellar role in forcing Mumbai back into contention. His pull-strokes and the on-drives of both medium-pacers and spinners were a treat to watch. Then there were useful contributions from Wasim Jaffer (34, 74 balls, 6 x 4) and Milind Tamhane (36, 112 balls, 3 x 4).

For Hyderabad, Vishnuvardhan (two for 50) and Daniel Manohar, who saw wicketkeeper Ibrahim Khaleel take a fine diving catch to his right to send back a well-set Tamhane when he snicked an outswinger, were the wicket-takers.

It would be pertinent to remind the authorities to ensure that there are not too many guests at the official scorer's box. Their disturbance today saw the latter react late to the signal from the umpires twice. He also struggled to raise his voice to convey the updated score to the boy handling the big scoreboard also was a major distraction for him. A cordless mike could serve the purpose better.

The scores: Mumbai — 1st innings: 98.

Hyderabad (first innings): Daniel Manohar c Nilesh Patwardhan b Avishkar Salvi 9, A. Nandakishore c Rajesh Pawar b Avishkar Salvi 34, A.T. Rayudu lbw b Paras Mhambrey 1, D. Vinay Kumar b Avishkar Salvi 22, N. Arjun Yadav c Nilesh Patwardhan b Paras Mhambrey 2, Anirudh Singh c Nilesh Patwardhan b Sairaj Bahutule 10, Ibrahim Khaleel c Nilesh Patwardhan b Paras Mhambrey 0, J. Shivaji Yadav lbw Avishkar Salvi 2, S.L.V. Raju lbw b Avishkar Salvi 16, N.P.Singh not out 6, S. Vishnuvardhan st Nilesh Patwardhan b Sairaj Bahutule 16. Extras: (b-1, lb-7, w-1, nb-3) 12. Total: 130.

Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-52, 3-56, 4-64, 5-82, 6-82, 7-86, 8-101, 9-110.

Mumbai bowling: Paras Mhambrey 23-11-55-3, Avishkar Salvi 24-9-40-5, Robin Morris 5-0-25-0, Sairaj Bahutule 1.5-0-2-2.

Mumbai — 2nd innings: Vinayak Mane lbw b Vishnuvardhan 83, Wasim Jaffer c Nandakishore b Vishnuvardhan 34, Milind Tamhane c Ibrahim Khaleel b Daniel Manohar 36, Amol Mazumdar batting 18, Paras Mhambrey batting 6. Extras: (b-1, lb-3, nb-13) 17. Total: (for three wkts in 73 overs) 194.

Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-155, 3-174.

Hyderabad bowling: N.P. Singh 15-4-46-2, Vishnuvardhan 20-6-50-2, Daniel Manohar 11-2-38-1, Venkatapathi Raju 14-4-27-0, Shivaji Yadav 10-1-19-0, Arjun Yadav 1-0-2-0, Vinay Kumar 2-0-8-0.

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