Mumbai reach 180 for four against Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Batting first in a truncated match, defending champions Mumbai reached 180 for four against Tamil Nadu at close on the second day of their four-day sixth Elite A league match in Ranji Trophy cricket here on Thursday.

Wasim Jaffer (66) and Prashanth Naik (8) were at the crease when stumps were drawn after 57 overs. The match could commence only in the post-lunch session after wet outfield washed out the first day’s play.

Mumbai began their first innings on a shaky note with both openers Onkar Gurav (8) and Sahkil Kukreja (17) departing early.

In-form Ajinkya Rahane and Jaffer then steadied the innings, adding 95 runs together before the former was clean bowled by medium pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji. Rahane made 49 with the help of four boundaries and a six.

Abhishek Nayar, who scored 20 (1x4, 2x6) was middling the ball well and it was looking as if he would consolidate the innings along with Jaffer. But he failed to sustain and was adjudged leg before wicket to Suresh Kumar.

For Tamil Nadu, Balaji took two for 17, while left arm spinner Aushik Srinivas and Suresh Kumar claimed a wicket each.