Rest consolidate after Munaf's five

Cricket: Irani Cup

As bad light ended the day’s proceedings early, Rest of India have taken an overall lead of 210 with all their wickets in hand.

Mukund and Vijay batted together for 55 overs after Rest of India bowlers polished off Mumbai tailenders in quick time, needing just 6.5 overs to bowl the opposition out for 230 in the morning.

Resuming at 200 for six, Mumbai could add just 30 runs while losing four wickets to hand a 30-run first innings lead.

Munaf Patel added two more wickets today to his three on Friday to complete his fiver for 70 runs, while S Sreesanth dismissed two more Mumbai batsmen to end with three wickets conceding 46 runs.

Mukund and Vijay did not allow to go waste their bowlers’ fine effort by playing sensibly and carrying their bats through the day.

Vijay was more aggressive of the two openers and his 146-ball 77 included 10 hits to the fence. Mukund had six fours in his 184-ball innings of 86.

It will now be a huge task for Mumbai to avoid a defeat as Rest of India have still all the wickets intact and two days remaining in the tie.

With the likes of explosive Sehwag, S Badrinath, Ravindra Jadeja and Manoj Tiwary to come to bat, Rest of India would look to pile a huge lead before asking Mumbai to bat again.

PTI

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