Reddy, Vihari hit big tons for Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari helped Hyderabad close in on Mumbai`s first-innings total, but were unfortunate to miss what would have been well-deserved double centuries, in their Ranji Trophy match on Monday.

Opener Reddy made 196 after spending 576 minutes in the middle, while Vihari scored 191 during his 496-minute knock, as Hyderabad finished the third day on 423 for three in reply to Mumbai`s 443 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

While Reddy hit 27 fours and six while facing 426 balls, Vihari`s 331-ball knock was laced with 18 hits to the boundary.

Resuming on overnight 138 for one, Reddy and Vihari put together a monumental partnership of 386 runs for the second wicket, which pushed the visitors onto the backfoot in the Group A match.

With seven wickets remaining, the hosts are expected to make the required 20 runs and take the crucial first-innings lead.

None of the Mumbai bowlers could make much of an impact, and struggled to counter the challenge posed by the duo of Reddy and Vihari.

Reddy and one-down bat, Vihari, were overnight 63 and 53, respectively. Both of them were out in similar fashion, though to different bowlers.

Brief scores:

Mumbai: 443 all out in 126.3 overs

Hyderabad: 423 for three in 135 overs (Akshath Reddy 196, Hanuma Vihari 191).