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Feb 08, 2013 at 05:08pm IST

Irani Cup, Day 3: as it happened

Sachin Tendulkar remained unbeaten for 140 but Mumbai were all out for 409 in their first innings to concede a 117-run lead to Rest of India.

Rest of India's second innings:

Rest of India 4 for 1 in 2 overs: Shikhar Dhawan pulled Dhawal Kulkarni in front of square but Abhishek Nayar pulled off a spectacular catch to send Dhawan back to the pavilion for a duck.

Irani Cup, Day 3: as it happened

Rest of India reached 27 for 1 at stumps on day three after restricting Mumbai to 409 despite Tendulkar's unbeaten 140.

Mumbai all out for 409 in 114.1 overs: Javed Khan and Vishal Dabholkar couldn't do anything of note. Khan was out playing an awful heave off Harbhajan Singh. Kulkarni and Khan showed lack of application and let Tendulkar down who was batting magnificently at the other end. Last batsman Dabholkar was trapped lbw by Pragyan Ojha.

Mumbai 399 for 8 in 112 overs: Dhawal Kulkarni ran out of patience and came down the track to loft Ojha over mid off but holed out. Daft shot by him considering that Tendulkar is batting superbly at the other end and he should have looked to hold one end.

Mumbai 397 for 7 in 109 overs: Tendulkar continued to hit the ball crisply as he smashed two more fours - a cracking on drive, followed by a cover drive - off Ishwar Pandey. The bowler did manage to get an edge when Tendulkar went after him, but there were not enough slip fielders to take the chance. Dhawal Kulkarni, like Ankit Chavan, showed a lot or resilience at the other end.

Mumbai 364 for 7 in 102 overs: It's not the sort of end Ankit Chavan would have wanted - getting out on 49 after batting valiantly for 89 balls. But the left-hander, who looked very established during his knock, got out, poking at an Abhimanyu Mithun delivery. Tendulkar was still at the wicket with 111 not out.

A Chavan c Saha b Mithun 49 (89)

Mumbai 350 for 6 at tea in 97 overs: Showing his intention to carry on after scoring the hundred, Sachin Tendulkar (108*) took a fresh guard. He, along with Ankit Chavan (40*), took Mumbai closer to 350, still 176 runs behind Rest of India's 526. ROI took the new ball and their seamers also got the ball to move, but Tendulkar defied them. Mumbai scored 95 runs in the session, losing the wicket of skipper Abhishek Nayar in the process.

Mumbai 337 for 6 in 92 overs: Sachin Tendulkar once again came to his team's rescue and this time the team was Mumbai. The veteran batsman completed his 81st first-class hundred - equals Sunil Gavaskar's record of most centuries in the Indian domestic cricket - with his vintage cover drive for four and a single off S Sreesanth. He played some exquisite strokes but his domination over Pragyan Ojha was top-class. He didn't allow the left-arm spinner to get into a groove. In his 139-ball unbeaten innings, Tendulkar hit 12 crisp boundaries and two big sixes. Ankit Chavan was giving him the company with 32.

Mumbai 283 for 6 after 84 overs: Tendulkar didn't allow Pragyan Ojha to settle in, sending the left-arm spinner to the midwicket fence once again with his slog sweep. Ankit Chavan, who replaced skipper Abhishek Nayar, too struck the ball well, fetching two boundaries for himself. Rest of India were yet to take the second new ball.

Mumbai 257 for 6 in 75 overs: In the first over after lunch, Abhimanyu Mithun struck by getting the wicket of Abhishek Nayar (1). It was a length ball from Mithun and Nayar tried to play on the on-side and got an outside to Murali Vijay at first slip.

A Nayar c Vijay b Mithun 1 (12)

Mumbai 255 for 5 at lunch: Mumbai scored 100 runs in the morning session but lost three wickets in 30 overs. Ajinkya Rahane was unlucky, while Rohit Sharma failed once again. Harbhajan Singh picked up two wickets, while Ishwar Pandey got one. Sachin Tendulkar (59) was still in the middle, with Abhishek Nayar (1) giving him the company.

Mumbai 254 for 5 in 71 overs: An extremely poor shot selection by Rohit Sharma. Still to open his account, Sharma went for a big shot, a slog-sweep off Harbhajan Singh, mistimed it completely and got caught by Pragyan Ojha in the deep. Meanwhile, Tendulkar got to his fifty with six over the midwicket region. He followed it up with a four by placing the ball to the vacant third man off Sreesanth.

R Sharma c Ojha b Harbhajan Singh 0 (12)

Mumbai 235 for 4 in 66 overs: How unlucky was Ajinkya Rahane! The batsman was playing beautifully and was approaching a hundred, an important one considering his selection for the Test side hinge on that, but was given out lbw when the he had hit the ball. Harbhajan Singh appealed vehemently and the umpire raised his finger. This could be an important moment in the match as the momentum might change from here on.

A Rahane lbw b Harbhajan Singh 83 (183)

Mumbai 210 for 3 in 60 overs: The Rest of India bowlers are toiling hard but Ajinkya Rahane and Sachin Tendulkar are getting the better of them. Mithun, who mostly bowled outside the batsmen's off stump, erred in line, bowled a half-volley and was driven for four through the midwicket region by Tendulkar. Rahane deposited Pragyan Ojha into the stands over midwicket to move into the 80s.

Mumbai 193 for 3 in 55 overs: Sachin Tendulkar was a little lucky to survive an lbw shout from S Sreesanth. The umpire though called it a no-ball, some part of Sreesanth's leg was definitely behind the line. The ball seamed in after pitching, beating Tendulkar's bat and hitting him in the line on the front foot and could have hit the stumps as well. Tendulkar replied with a punch on the back foot for four through covers.

Mumbai 175 for 3 in 50 overs: Ishwar Pandey and S Sreesanth bowled a disciplined line to Ajinkya Rahane and Sachin Tendulkar, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms. Both Pandey and Sreesanth got the ball move away, teasing the batsmen outside their off stump.

Mumbai 165 for 3 in 45 overs: Sachin Tendulkar got off the mark with his trademark off drive for four off Ishwar Pandey, who needed just one ball to dismiss night-watchman Shardul Thakur (4). The batsman couldn't resist the temptation of playing on the up off a well-pithed outswinger, getting caught by Manoj Tiwary at gully. Ajinkya Rahane got going with a delightful cover drive off S Sreesanth.

S Thakur c Tiwary b Pandey 4 (16)

Mumbai's top-order pair of Wasim Jaffer and Ajinky Rahane led a strong reply after Rest of India (ROI) posted 526 on day two. For ROI, Suresh Raina made a brisk 134, but the good work from Jaffer (80) and Rahane (55 not out) gave the home team hope of crossing that, especially with Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and an in-form Abhishek Nayar left to bat.

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