Irani Trophy: Mumbai all out for 274, ROI extends lead to 439
Jaipur: Jaidev Unadkat (4/41) and Piyush Chawla (3/70) shared the spoils as for Rest of India piled on the agony of Mumbai by taking a huge 394 first innings lead on the third day of the Irani Trophy cricket match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Sunday.
In reply to RoI’s mammoth total of 668, Mumbai were bundled out for 274 with Unadkat and Chawla tormenting sharing the spoils.
Instead of forcing the follow on, Rest of India preferred to bat again and were 45 for 1 at the stumps to extend their lead to 439 runs with nine wickets still intact.
Captain Yuvraj Singh, desperate to regain his spot in Indian Test team, was unbeaten on 10 while the century maker of first innings Abhinav Mukund on 19 at the draw of stumps.
Yuvraj was impressive during his 32-ball stay at the crease, cracking two boundaries.
Shikhar Dhawan, however, holed out to Kukreja at square leg off Dhawal Kulkarni for 13.
Earlier, Resuming at 26 without loss, Mumbai gave a spineless batting display. Barring skipper Wasim Jaffer (71) and the ninth wicket partnership 70 runs between Iqbal Abdulla (33) and Dhawal Kulkarni (32) there was nothing to mention in the Mumbai batting.
Mumbai batsmen struggled to the disciplined bowling of Unadkat, Chawla and R Ashwin.
Opener Marathe (7) was first to depart when he tried to pull a short ball from outside the off stump.
Ajinkya Rahane (41) too was tentative in the beginning as he played and missed but soon they adjusted to the slow pace of the wicket which tended to hold the ball.
Instead of playing a waiting game, Rahane threw his wicket in trying to play horizontal bat shot.
The slow pace of the wicket also compelled the likes of Abhishek Nayar (1) to commit the same mistake while Rohit Sharma (15), who played some good shots, was deceived by a fine spinning delivery by Piyush Chawla which squared him up.
Jaffer waged a lone battle but he too gave a catch to Yuvraj Singh off Chawla when he tried to run him down through the slips.
Jaffer made 71 runs after facing 171 balls and hit nine boundaries.
Khanvilkar (21), R Powar (10), Ajit Agarkar (23) and lower down the order Abdulla (33) and Kulkarni (32) tried but it was never going to be enough as Mumbai innings came to an end at 274, conceding a huge 394-run lead.
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