Mumbai pile up huge total; uphill task for Delhi


Resuming at their overnight 329 for four, the 38-time winners boosted their first innings tally to a huge 500 and then reduced the visitors to 85 for three at stumps.
The visitors should have been four wickets down had not Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer grassed an edge from Rajat Bhatia when the Delhi skipper was just one when the team score was 37 for three.

Bhatia (27 batting) remained unconquered along with opener Shikhar Dhawan (36 batting) at close on day two at the Brabourne Stadium.

Usman Malvi, Ajit Agarkar and Avishkar Salvi accounted for the wickets of opener Mayank Tehlan (5), Aditya Jain (11) and the experienced Mithun Manhas (5) respectively to reduce Delhi to 35 for three.

The left-handed Dhawan, who has struck six fours in his 78-ball unbeaten knock, and Bhatia stemmed the rot with an unfinished stand of 50 runs.

The Mumbai total was built mainly around Abhishek Nayar’s fine 156, made in 434 minutes, off 244 balls with the help of 12 fours and three sixes.

Agarkar, unbeaten on 57 at stumps yesterday, could add only six runs and then Ramesh Powar (16) was also priced out quite cheaply to give Delhi hopes before they were frustrated by left-hander Iqbal Abdulla who batted for more than three hours while making 69 before being dismissed.

Score Board
Mumbai (I Innings; O/n: 329/4): Abhishek Nayar c Sharma b Vikas Mishra 156, Ajit Agarkar c Manhas b Sharma 63, Ramesh Powar b Vikas Mishra 16, Iqbal Abdulla 69, Vinayak Samant b Awana 1, Usman Malvi c Jain b Vikas Mishra 20, Aavishkar Salvi (not out) 0. Extras (B-21, LB-6, W-4, NB-9) 40. Total (all out, 140.1 overs) 500.

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-56, 3-86, 4-229, 5-336, 6-367, 7-441, 8-445, 9-495.

Bowling: Pradeep Sangwan 21-4-90-0, Ishant Sharma 27-2-77-3, Parvinder Awana 29-5-92-2, Vikas Mishra 30.1-8-89-4, Rajat Bhatia 15-0-53-1, Mithun Manhas 11-0-56-0, Aditya Jain 4-0-13-0, Mayank Tehlan 3-1-3-0.   

Delhi (I Innings): Mayank Tehlan c Khanvilkar b Malvi 5, Shikhar Dhawan (batting) 36, Aditya Jain lbw Agarkar 11, Mithun Manhas b Salvi 5, Rajat Bhatia (not out) 27. Extras (NB-1) 1. Total (for 3 wkts, 26 overs) 85.

Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-24, 3-35.

Bowling: Ajit Agarkar 5-2-14-1, Usman Malvi 7-3-21-1, Aavishkar Salvi 6-3-8-1, Abhishek Nayar 3-0-18-0, Ramesh Powar 3-0-20-0, Iqbal Abdulla 2-1-4-0.

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