Rahane, Jaffer tons put Mumbai on top against Gujarat

Valsad: Riding on centuries by skipper Wasim Jaffer (169 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (126), Mumbai posted a mammoth 544 for three declared and then reduced Gujarat to 121 for two at end of the second’s days play in their Ranji Trophy Super League Group A match here on Thursday.

At stumps, Niraj Patel was unbeaten on 60 with Parthiv Patel (17) giving him company.

On day two, Rahane and Jaffer shared a 111-run stand to put Mumbai in a commanding position.

Carrying on yesterday’s momentum, both the overnight batsmen Rahane and Jaffer went on to slam hundreds each, while Rohit Sharma (59 not out) hit a half-century as Mumbai resuming at 283 for two added another 261 runs to the total on the second day at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium here.

Rahane, resuming at personal score of 54 and Jaffer at 47, left the host bowlers grasping for breath as the duo held on to their wickets and launched an all-out attack.

The lone success for the Gujarat bowlers came when Ishwar Choudhary managed to send back Rahane in 114th over but by then he had already scored a fabulous 126 off 182 balls with 14 hits to the fence.

Jaffer, however, remained unbeaten at 169 after facing 235 deliveries, studded with 20 boundaries and 2 sixes.

He also shared another valuable partnership of 150 runs with Rohit Sharma before declaring the first innings at 544.

Replying to Mumbai’s massive first innings total, Gujarat lost Priyank Panchal (7) early.

Rikin Chauhan (28) and Niraj Patel managed to rebuild the innings but soon Abhishek Nayyar sent the former packing to leave the hosts struggling at 86 for two.

However, Niraj along with Parthiv made sure that Gujarat do not lose any more wicket on the day.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 1st innings: 544 for three decl in 139 overs

(Wasim Jaffer not out 169, Ajinkya Rahane 126, Onkar Gurav 89, Sahil Kukreja 81; Ishwar Choudhary 2/115).

Gujarat 1st innings: 121 for two in 39 overs (Niraj Patel batting 60, Abhishek Nayar 1/13).


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