Pankaj's burst shake Mumbai, Haryana in total control

At stumps, Rajasthan were 17 without loss with openers Aakash Chopra and Vineet Saxena at crease.

Earlier, Wasim Jaffer’s decision to bat first backfired badly as opener Omkar Gurav (0) was snapped by wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani off Pankaj in the third over of the day.

Pankaj and Deepak Chahar bowled in right areas as Mumbai batsmen were under pressure from the very first over.

Ajinkya Rahane (60, 89 balls, 10x4) played some fluent strokes while Sahil Kukreja (10) was struggling at the other end. The burly opener’s 71-minute vigil ended when Pankaj cleaned him up.

Medium pacer Sumit Mathur put Rajasthan in command when he castled rival skipper Jaffer (0) to reduce Mumbai to 53 for three.

Rohit Sharma (21, 21 balls, 4x4) hit four sweetly timed boundaries but played wrong line as he was bowled by Pankaj.

Chahar then got into the act as he dismissed the in-form Rahane caught by Jhalani. At 116 for five, veteran Ajit Agarkar (36) and Abhishek Nayar (60) did some repair work with a 61-run stand.

Agarkar became Pankaj’s fourth victim when he was caught by Rashmi Ranjan Parida. The medium-pacer completed his 12th first-class five-wicket haul when he got Iqbal Abdulla to nick one to Jhalani behind stumps.
Nayar was finally out with the team’s score at 216. It was Ramesh Powar (25, 4x4) who played a gutsy little innings as Mumbai crossed the 250-run mark.
Brief Scores: At Jaipur: Mumbai: 252 all out 81.1 overs (A Rahane 60, A Nayar 60, P Singh 6/64) vs Rajasthan 17/0 in 6 overs.
At Vadodara: Railways 241/8 in 90 overs (Murali Kartik 57, Yere Goud 44 batting, JP Yadav 42, M Patel 4/87) vs Baroda.
At Rohtak: Haryana: 292/2 in 90 overs (Nitin Saini (batting) 137, Sunny Singh 102) vs Tamil Nadu.

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