Rohit scores 200 not out as Mumbai pile up mammoth 621

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 22:29 PM IST

Kolkata: Talented Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma made full use three missed catches by Bengal fielders scoring an unbeaten 200 as defending champions Mumbai piled up a mammoth 621 for eight during a Super League Group A match of the Ranji Trophy, at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

At stumps on the second day, Bengal were 28 for one having lost Arindam Das who edged one to Omkar Gurav behind stumps off Avishkar Salvi’s bowling.

However the day undoubtedly belonged to Rohit who made amends for missing out on a three-figure mark during Mumbai’s opening encounter against Saurashtra when he was out for 93 in the first innings. It was Rohit’s ninth first-class double hundred. He faced 257 deliveries hitting 23 boundaries and three sixes in the process. He batted for six hours and 23 minutes.

The India ODI star however was lucky as he was dropped thrice before he reached 40. After debutant Writam Porel dropped him yesterday off Ashok Dinda’s bowling, Rohit was dropped twice on Thursday off Ranadeb Bose’s bowling. The catching of the hosts has been atrocious this season having already dropped seven catches in two matches.

While Abhishek Nayar (19) and Ajit Agarkar (4) were quickly dismissed within the first seven overs with scoreboard reading 313 for six, it was Iqbal Abdulla (81, 95 balls, 12x4) who stepped up the tempo with some lusty hitting.

Abdulla along with Rohit added 144 runs for the seventh wicket and scored 163 runs in the first session on Thursday. It was poor bowling from left-arm spinner Shib Sagar Singh who mostly bowled a negative line and was punished badly.

After Abdulla was dismissed by Sourashis Lahiri, Ramesh Powar smashed a quickfire 38 off 34 balls to take the score past 500 before Shib Sagar dismissed him. However Rohit found an able ally in Dhawal Kulkarni (37 not out) as they together put on 115 runs for the ninth wicket to take the score past 600. In the process Rohit reached his personal milestone of adding another first-class double hundred to his kitty.