Jaffer and Rahane cracked half-centuries as Mumbai reach 155 for 2 at stumps on day two in reply to ROI\'s 526.
Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane cracked fluent half-centuries to help Mumbai recover from 14 for 1 after Ishwar Pandey got Aditya Tare early. Rest of India posted a huge 526 in their first innings, with Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina smashing centuries.
Mumbai 155 for 2 in 43 overs: Mumbai finish the day at 155 for 2. Rahane and nightwatchman Shardul Thakur are batting on 55 and 4 respectively. Mumbai will count on Rahane, Tendulkar and Nayar to give them a lead on day three.
Mumbai 146 for 2 in 39.2 overs: The 132-run partnership between Jaffer and Rahane was snapped by Sreesanth. Jaffer tried to leave the ball at the last moment but made the decision a bit too late as the ball took a thin outside edge and the wicketkeeper Rayadu took a simple catch.
Mumbai 139 for 1 in 36 overs: Jaffer came down the track and lofted Pragyan Ojha over long on for a six. Rahane carved Ishwar Pandey for a boundary in the 35th over to ring up his half-century. It took him 90 balls and he blasted eight boundaries. Both the batsman negotiating the ROI bowlers with steadfast assurance.
Mumbai 115 for 1 in 30 overs: Spinners - Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh - bowled in tandem as Rest of India tried to stop the flow of runs. While Jaffer continued his fine touch, Rahane too approached his half-century.
Mumbai 99 for 1 in 25 overs: Jaffer drove Ojha through covers for four and then brought up his fifty with a pull to fine leg off Mithun for another boundary. Mithun strayed again with his line and Jaffer flicked him through midwicket for his tenth four.
Mumbai 81 for 1 in 20 overs: Wasim Jaffer and Ajinkya Rahane were a little cautious after tea, playing close to their bodies. Prgyan Ojha started the proceedings for ROI after the break but Rahane clipped him through midwicket for four as seven runs came off that over. S Sreesanth and Abhimanyu Mithun pitched the ball full but couldn't get the swing expected from the pitch.
Mumbai 61 for 1 in 15 overs (Tea): Wasim Jaffer (33*) and Ajinkya Rahane (22*) shared 47 runs for the second wicket as they helped Mumbai recover after an early loss of Aditya Tare. Both the batsmen looked extremely fluent against the pace attack of Rest of India.
Mumbai 41 for 1 in 10 overs Wasim Jaffer was at his elegant best as the classical batsman stroked six of the eight boundaries scored in the Mumbai innings. He drove S Sreesanth's over-pitched deliveries, while cut Abhimanyu Mithun's short balls. Ajinkya Rahane was giving him the company with 7 runs.
Mumbai 14 for 1 in 4 overs: Ishwar Pandey, the highest wicket-taker - 48 wickets - of the current domestic season, provided his side an early breakthrough as he had Aditya Tare (6) caught at gully by Manoj Tiwary. Tare played away from his body to a delivery that moved away a tad after pitching outside off stump. Wasim Jaffer stroked two boundaries in the first over of S Sreesanth.
Rest of India innings:
ROI 526 all out: Ishwar Pandey (13) was the last man to get out when he tried to launch Ankit Chavan into the stands, getting caught by Ajinkya Rahane. That also ended Rest of India's innings, which comprised excellent hundreds from Murali Vijay (116) and Suresh Raina (134).
I Pandey c Rahane b Chavan 13 (14)
ROI 512 for 9 in 125 overs: Mumbai finally got a breakthrough when Ankit Chavan, the left-arm spinner, trapped Abhimanyu Mithun (51) lbw. It was a length ball that went straight after pitching. Pragyan Ojha didn't last long as he was caught at mid-on by Kulkarni while trying a slog off Vishal Dabholkar. Raina, on the other hand, added two more sixes to his tally when he launched both Chavan and Dabholkar for huge sixes. But he got out trying to clear the boundary once again. Nonetheless, like Murali Vijay, who made 116 on day one, Raina too staked a claim for a Test spot after smashing 134 on day two.
A Mithun lbw b Chavan 51 (90)
P Ojha c Kulkarni b Dabholkar 0 (7)
S Raina c Khan b Chavan 134 (169)
ROI 487 for 6 in 121 overs: Raina and Mithun strung an unbroken 135 for the seventh wicket as Rest of India reached 487 for 6 at lunch on day. Raina was unbeaten on 114 while Mithun too was close to his half-century (46*). Raina ended the session by lofting Vishal Dabholkar for another six, his third, in the penultimate over.
ROI 454 for 6 in 115 overs: Suresh Raina made a brilliant hundred as ROI's score approached towards 500. The left-hander displayed his array of strokes - cuts, pulls and drives - to get to his 11th first-class century. He cut Nayar for two to complete the landmark and shared an unbroken 102 runs stand with No. 8 Abhimanyu Mithun (35*), who too slammed a couple of fours.
ROI 416 for 6 in 110 overs: Suresh Raina made the most of easy runs on offer when part-time offspinner Rohit Sharma came on to bowl, taking 15 runs in one over. The left-handed batsman also skipped down the wicket and launched spinner Vishal Dabholkar for a straight six. Mithun too displayed his attacking instincts, thumping Nayar straight down the ground for a boundary.
ROI 378 for 6 in 105 overs: Suresh Raina got to a well-deserved half-century as he took his side closer to the 400-run mark. He smashed Shardul Thakur, who is as disappointing as he was in his first spell on day one, straight down the ground for four and followed it up with a pull for two to complete his fifty.
ROI 364 for 6 in 100 overs: Although the ROI batsmen were kept in check by the Mumbai bowlers, they looked more assured in their play. While Raina drove the ball beautifully, Abhimanyu Mithun - barring a few dabs outside off - too looked confident.
ROI 353 for 6 in 95 overs: Harbhajan, who looked edgy throughout his 15-ball stay at the wicket on Thursday, fell early on day two when he lobbed a length delivery that seamed away a fraction after pitching on the middle stump to Abhishek Nayar at covers. Raina too was cautious as the Mumbai bowlers looked to make the most of the morning session.
Harbhajan Singh c Nayar b Kulkarni 16 (15)
Opener Murali Vijay stroked his way to his second successive century in the Irani Cup. With good contributions from Manoj Tiwary (37) and Ambati Rayudu (51), RoI ended day one at 330 for five.
Vijay, who had notched a double ton for the RoI against last year's champions Rajasthan in Bangalore at the start of the season, compiled an aggressive 116 and also put on a quickfire 144-run stand with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (63).