Jaffer, Gurav hit tons as Mumbai draw with Bengal

Kolkata: Captain Wasim Jaffer and wicketkeeper Omkar Gurav struck a century each as Mumbai opted for some batting practice by piling up 286 for one in their second innings as their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match against Bengal ended in a tame draw here on Saturday.

Mumbai had the opportunity to enforce follow on over Bengal on the penultimate day yesterday, having bowled the hosts out for 296 in reply to their mammoth first innings total of 621 for eight, but the visitors opted against it as they came out to bat in their second essay.

Already assured of three points by virtue of a first innings lead of 325 runs, Mumbai did not go for a result and instead opted for batting practice.

Mumbai batsmen made full use of the conditions this morning as Gurav (127) and Sushant Marathe (45) put on 106 runs for the opening wicket before the later was caught by Ranadeb Bose off left-arm orthodox bowler Shibsagar Singh (1/86).

But that was the only success the home team bowlers tasted on the final day as Mumbai skipper Jaffer (104) joined hands with Gurav to stitch an unbeaten 180-run stand to justify his decision of getting some valuable batting practice before their next match against Railways starting November 17.

Gurav faced 222 balls en route his 127-run knock during which he struck 17 boundaries.

In contrast Jaffer`s innings was a fast paced one as he took only 112 deliveries to notch up his ton. The Mumbai skipper hit 12 fours and a six during his unbeaten knock.


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