MP in command against Mumbai in CK Nayudu U-22 tourney
Mumbai: Half centuries by three batsmen and a three-wicket burst by medium-pacer N R Sawke put Madhya Pradesh in complete control of the four-day C K Nayudu Under-22 Trophy quarterfinal tie against Mumbai on Thursday.
Having bowled out Mumbai for a paltry 109 in their first innings, the visitors scored 318 runs on board for a lead of 209 and then reduced the hosts to 86/5 at the end of the second day`s play at the Brabourne Stadium here.
Mumbai still need to score 124 more runs if they want to avoid an embarrassing innings defeat.
Earlier, resuming the day at 155/3, Madhya Pradesh reached 318 largely due to the contribution of H J Bhatia (74; 114b, 4x7, 6x1), V S Verma (71; 135b, 4x10, 6x2) and a quickfire 66 by A N Sharma (74b, 4x8, 6x1).
Leg-spinner S Gorivale was the most successful bowler for Mumbai with figures of 6-72.
Sawke then struck thrice with Mumbai`s score at 26, while left-armer AP Singh accounted for the other two wickets. Only S Lad showed some resistance for the hosts and was unbeaten on (41; 87b, 4x7).
Mumbai: 109 and 86-5 (S Lad 41; N R Sawke 3/29).
Madhya Pradesh: 318 (H J Bhatia 74, V S Verma 71, A N Sharma 66; S Gorivale 6/72).