Saurashtra escape with a draw as Mumbai gain three points

Mumbai: Visitors Saurashtra escaped with a draw after hosts Mumbai decided not to enforce the follow-on and settled for three points on the fourth and final day of the Group A Elite division tie here on Thursday.

Chasing Mumbai’s first innings score of 580 for nine declared, the visitors, who resumed the day at an overnight score of 364 for seven, were bowled for the addition of just 10 runs with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah and pacer Avishkar Salvi sharing the spoils.

Centurion Pratik Parekh remained unbeaten on 107 (225m, 175b, 4x17) even as S Maniar (4), J Odedra (0) and debutant Jaidev Unadkat (0) departed without putting much of a fight.

For Mumbai, veteran off-spinner Ramesh Powar was the most successful bowler with figures of 5-109, with Salvi, Abdullah and Rohit Sharma sharing the remaining wickets.

The hosts had the opportunity to enforce the follow-on and go for a win having taken a massive first innings lead of 206 runs, but Mumbai skipper Wasim Jaffer opted for batting practice instead considering the unfriendly nature of the pitch and the workload his bowlers had undergone in the past two days.

In their second essay, Mumbai made 207 for two in 63 overs with Jaffer, who had made 138 in the first innings, completing his second century of the match.

Jaffer 103 (220m, 157b 4x11, 6x2) and Sharma 74 (133m, 116b 4x7), who had added 147 runs for the third innings in the first essay, bettered their effort by sharing an undefeated partnership of 160 runs after openers Omkar Gurav (16) and Sushant Marathe (14) failed to make use of the opportunity.

Brief scores: Mumbai 580/9 decl and 207/2 (Wasim Jaffer 103 not out, Rohit Sharma 74 not out; J Odedara 1-8) drew with Saurashtra 374 (Pratik Parekh 107 not out, Bhushan Chauhan 63; Ramesh Powar 5-109).


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