Jaipur: Riding on Abhishek Nayar's unbeaten century on the last day, Mumbai piled up 579 runs to overhaul Rajasthan's first innings' total of 478, and gain 3 points from the match on the basis of first innings lead.
Resuming from their overnight toal of 360 for 3, night watchman Kshemal Waigankar scored first runs of the day for Mumbai by cracking a boundary off Rituraj Singh in the 4th over of the day. Waigankar was fortunate to be dropped on a couple of occasions. Dishant Yagnik grassed a sitter when an outside edge went straight to him off Rituraj's bowling when Waigankar was batting on 11. Aniket Choudhary then gave him a reprieve when he couldn't hold onto the ball at mid-on after getting both hands to it.
Waigankar made Rajasthan pay for the reprieves as he flayed a couple of boundaries in consecutive overs by Rituraj and Aniket. Hiken Shah, who was batting on 118 overnight, too scored runs at a fair clip. Mumbai reached 400 in the 14th over of the day. Waigankar's luck finally ended as he was castled by Anikt for 25. The ball kept low and Waigankar was late to react. The wicket gave impetus to Rajasthan as they nipped out two more wickets in quick succession.
H Shah was the first to go. He went for the drive, without moving his feet, to a ball which nipped away off the surface and Vineet Saxena took a fine catch at first slip. He played 310 balls and hit 19 boundaries. Suryakumar Yadav followed soon as he misread the length of the ball, from left-arm spinner Gajendra Singh, which skid through after pitching on good length and hit his front pad.
Mumbai were 420 for 6 and there was a glimmer of hope for Rajasthan to polish off the rest of the batsmen and gain the first innings lead. But a doughty effort from Nayar and Ankeet Chavan denied Rajasthan that chance. They both played cautiously initially and added 18 runs in the next 11 overs. There was a lot of appeals from G Singh against Chavan which were rightfully turned down by the umpires. Mumbai took lunch at 438 for 6.
After lunch, Chavan decided to up the ante and go for the shots. 13 runs were scored in the 1st over after the lunch as Chavan carved a couple of boundaries off G Singh. He cut the ball late to backward point boundary and the next ball was sent crashing to deep square leg fence as he unfurled a cracking sweep. He continued to dominate Rajasthan bowlers as he bludgeoned a six off G Singh over long on, and pulled Anikt for a boundary to deep square leg. Nayar was skillful in finding the gaps and pinched a flurry of singles as Mumbai overhauled Rajasthan's first innings total of 478 in the 158th over. Nayar smashed a boundary through cover off Rituraj as Mumbai's dressing room erupted with joy.
Chavan was finally dismissed for 26 as his slog sweep went straight to Ashok Menaria at deep midwicket. G Singh was the bowler. Apart from Nayar's impending century, there was little excitment left in the game after Mumbai gained the first innings lead. Dhawal Kulkarni did a fine job by holding one end and giving strike to Nayar before Menaria snared him for 7. The ball spun away after pitching and Dhawal didn't go forward. An edge was duly taken by Rashmi Parida at first slip.
New batsman Ramesh Pawar was adventurous in his approach and entertained the small crowd by a few lusty blows. He whacked G Singh for a massive six over long on and cracked a couple of boundaries off Rituraj. Nayar and Pawar took Mumbai to 560 for 8 at tea. Rituraj snared Pawar after tea as the batsman poked at the delivery outside off stump and Yagnik didn't falter this time.
Nayar completed his 10th first-class century by hitting a superb cover drive off Ankiket in the 188th over of the innings. Last batsman Shardul Thakur scored 1 run off 11 balls before he pulled a short ball from Rituraj and was held out in the deep by Robin Bist. Mumbai were all out for 579 in 190.2 overs. Nayar remained not out on 105.
Rajasthan bowlers struggled on the falt deck and no bowler left an impression. Aniket and Rituraj bowled with heart in a couple of spells, and chalked up 3 wickets each. Pankaj Singh wasn't bowling at full tilt while G Singh was downright ordinary.
Mumbai notched up three points from the match on basis of 101-run first innings lead, while Rajasthan have to contend with one point. After 2 Rounds of Ranji Trophy, Mumbai have racked up 6 points and defending champions have only managed 2 points.
In their next Group matches, Rajasthan will take on Madhya Pradesh from 17-20 November, and Mumbai will lock horns with Hyderabad from 24-27 November.