Mumbai continue to dominate

Abhishek Nayar compounded Baroda’s misery with an unbeaten century as formidable Mumbai posted a mammoth 524 for six on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match here on Monday.

Nayar’s 122 came a day after Sachin Tendulkar (108) and Wasim Jaffer (150) helped the hosts to 272 for three on the opening day. It was due to Nayar’s third century of this season that the hosts scored more than 500 runs by the end of second day’s play.

The in-form batsman scored his runs off 217 balls, striking 12 fours. He forged a 123-run partnership with Aditya Tare. At stumps, Ankeet Chavan (17) was giving Nayar company.

The Mumbai wicket-keeper, Tare, was caught behind off Abhimanyu Chauhan after a well-made 64, which came off 160 balls. Resuming at 272 for three, Mumbai lost their set batsman Jaffer, who was unbeaten on 137 overnight, in the seventh over of the day.

Jaffer’s knock was laced with 18 fours and three sixes. He was bowled by Gagandeep Singh Natt, when he got a thick edge, as the ball disturbed the stumps.

Harbhajan fined

Punjab Ranji team captain Harbhajan Singh was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent to umpire’s decision during the team’s quarterfinal match against Jharkhand at Jamshedpur on Monday.

Match Referee Sunil A Chaturvedi said Harbhajan has been fined for showing 2.13 level one misconduct (showing dissent to the umpire’s decision) at the Keenan Stadium.

The out-of-favour India off-spinner indulged in an argument with umpire C K Nandan (Karnataka) after the latter turned down his appeal for catch while bowling to Sunny Gupta. Harbhajan was summoned by the match referee and after a discussion, Chaturvedi slapped the fine on him.

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