Mumbai strikes three blows on rain-curtailed day

Mumbai: Only 36 overs were possible despite play being stretched much beyond the scheduled time of close with hosts Mumbai taking command by striking three crucial blows on day two of their Group A Ranji Trophy against Assam here on Thursday.

Being sent in to bat first, Assam scored 81 runs for the loss of three wickets, with opener Dheeraj Jadhav (25, 107b, 4x4) and Tarjinder Singh (4) at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.

After over a day and half were wasted due to rains and wet outfield, play began only after tea-time.

The visitors began cautiously as openers Jadhav and S Roy (18) added 36 runs in 23 overs.

However, two players - Ajit Agarkar (1-25) and Abhishek Nayar (2-17) - who returned to the Mumbai side after missing the previous match, put the home team in command by striking thrice in eight overs.

Agarkar provided the initial breakthrough by disturbing Roy’s timber, while Nayar claimed the vital wickets of veteran S Sriram (17) and his former skipper Amol Mazumdar (1).

While Nayar caught Sriram off his own bowling, Mazumdar lost his stumps.

Brief scores:

Assam: Ist innings 81-3 in 36 overs (D Jadhav 25 not out; Abhishek Nayar 2-17, A Agarkar 1-25).