Powar`s five for gives first innings lead to Mumbai

Lucknow: Spinner Ramesh Powar returned with a five-wicket haul to help Mumbai dismiss Uttar Pradesh for 312 and take a valuable 102-run first innings lead in the drawn Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match on Friday.

Resuming at 166/2, Uttar Pradesh lost their opener Bhuvneshwar Kumar (62) in the third over, while overnight batsman Parvinder Singh (51) completed his fifty before being cleaned up by Powar as his second wicket.

Skipper Suresh Raina (58) tried to steady the ship but could add just 23 runs with A Alam (4) as the latter was bowled by Powar at a team score of 238.

Three overs later, Kaustubh Pawar run Raina out and soon Piyush Chawla (6) too was dismissed by Dhawal Kulkarni.

P Gupta too could not stay longer and was dismissed by Powar. ER Dwivedi and RP Singh hang around for sometime adding 54 in 15.5 overs but it was not enough in the end as UP handed over a 102-run lead to Mumbai.

Mumbai then scored 11 for two in their second essay at the draw of stumps.

Mumbai registered three crucial points on the basis of their first innings lead, while Uttar Pradesh bagged one point.

Brief Score: Mumbai first innings: 414 all out in 134.5 overs.

Uttar Pradesh first innings: 312 all out in 95.5 overs (B Kumar 62, P Singh 51, S Raina 58; RR Powar 5/69)

Mumbai second innings: 11/2 (Iqbal Abdulla 6, I Ahmed 1/2).


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