Iyer's 90 helps Mumbai recover

Cricket Ranji Trophy : Saurashtra wrest control against Assam on first day

Iyer's 90 helps Mumbai recover

 Shreyas Iyer struck a sublime 90 to take Mumbai to 327 for seven on day one of their semifinal against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy here on Saturday.

Iyer combined with opener Bhavin Thakkar (30) to share an 88-run stand before Aditya Tare (68) and Abhishek Nayar (43) played a handy knock to give their team a solid start.
Siddhesh Lad was batting on 57 at stumps in the company of Shardul Thakur in the game played at DRIEMS Ground here. The star bowler for Madhya Pradesh turned out to be pacer Chandrakant Sakure, who had made his first-class debut in the quarterfinal against Bengal.

Besides removing the top-three Mumbai batsmen, Sakure got rid of Iqbal Abdulla later in the day to ended with figures of four for 102 in 25 overs. Experienced fast bowler Ishwar Pandey picked up two wickets at an economy rate of 1.78.

While Mumbai are 40-time winners of the prestigious domestic competition, Madhya Pradesh have entered the semifinal only for the second time.

Iyer’s 104-ball effort came after Mumbai lost Akhil Herwadkar early, having been put in to bat by the opposition.

He scored runs at a brisk pace and ended with 13 fours and a six. Tare took over from Iyer and played a patient knock off 117 balls, highlighted with 10 fours.

Saurashtra dominate

In Vadodara, Middle-order batsman Amit Verma held together the innings with a patient unbeaten 74 to guide Assam to 193 for seven against Saurashtra on the opening day of the other semifinal.

Asked to bat, Assam were in a spot of bother as the first three batsmen fell for just 25 runs before Verma and KB Arun Karthik (59) stabilised the innings with a 127-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Verma faced as many 210 balls during his unbeaten knock and hit 11 boundaries, while Arun Karthik’s fifty came off 144 deliveries with the help of six fours and one hit over the fence. But Assam lost the plot once again when Arun Karthik was bowled by Hardik Rathod.

For Saurashtra, pace duo of Rathod (3/37) and Jaydev Unadkat (3/60) shared six wickets between them.

Brief scores: Mumbai 327/7 in 89 overs (Shreyas Iyer 90, Aditya Tare 68; Chandrakant Sakure 4-102, Ishwar Pandey 2-34) vs Madhya Pradesh.

Assam: 193/7 in 78 overs (Amit Verma 74 n.o, KB Arun Karthik 59; Hardik Rathod 3-37, Jaydev Unadkat 3-60) vs Saurashtra.

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