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Saturday, April 11, 1998

Uphill task for Mumbai

Jaideep Marar  
April 10: Mumbai will have to pull the rabbit out of the hat if they have to beat Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. UP consolidated on the gains of the opening day by securing an impressive 199-run first innings lead on day two at the Wankhede Stadium today.

Sustaining the UP challenge were skipper Gyanendra Pandey (109: 152b, 232b, 12x4, 4x6) and Rizwan Shamshad (64: 187b, 266m, 9x4) who frustrated the home team with a fifth wicket alliance of 174. And when play ended today, 36 minutes beyond scheduled time, Mumbai were still 54 runs in arrears.

But for the first time in the match, Mumbai looked like a champion side when left-hander Jatin Paranjpe (68: 122b, 184m, 8x4) and captain Amol Muzumdar (22: 85b, 142m, 3x4) held centrestage with an unconquered stand of 93 for the third wicket.

Earlier, Mumbai's miseries extended into the second day when Pandey and Shamshad defied the attack for nearly two hours. Resuming at the overnight score of 179 for four, UP added 62 runs today before thedefensive Shamshad gave a return catch to Rajesh Pawar.

Mumbai capitalised on the breakthrough as the left-arm spin combine of Pawar and Nilesh Kulkarni ran through the side resulting in the next five wickets falling for the addition of 52 runs.

The 26-year-old Pandey, in the interim, chalked up his fifth Ranji hundred in style, hoisting Pawar for a six over long-on.

Mumbai openers Sunil More (11) and Amit Pagnis (29) once again failed to provide a good start when the former prodded an Ubaid Kamal delivery into the hands of Rakesh Sharma at silly-point.

The 19-year-old Pagnis, lived dangerously despite while executing some fluent drives. However, he perished flicking Mohammad Saif to square-leg.Paranjpe and Muzumdar restored sanity into the Mumbai ranks with application as the key. Muzumdar, who took 42 minutes and 23 balls to open his account with a straight driven boundary off Kamal, survived a scare in the same over. Slip fielders Saurabh Shukla and Rizwan Shamshad failed to judge a slash resultingin Muzumdar gaining four bonus runs.

Thereafter, both saw the day without any alarms. Paranjpe, was the more enterprising of the two, hammering three successive boundaries -- an elegant cover-drive followed by a leg-glance and an on-drive -- off Zaidi.

The duo have a herculean task on the morrow if Mumbai are to escape with their reputation intact from the encounter. A target of above 200 is what the Mumbai coach Balwinder Singh Sandhu is expecting. ``But for that to happen we would have to bat out the entire day tomorrow,'' he cautioned.


Mumbai (1st innings): 94

Uttar Pradesh (1st innings; overnight 179-4): Rakesh Sharma lbw Phadke 12, Jyoti Yadav c Paranjpe b Mhambrey 2, Saurabh Shukla c Pagnis b Mhambrey 30, Rizwan Shamshad c&b Pawar 64, Mohammed Kaif c Phadke b Mhambrey 7, Gyanendra Pandey c&b Nilesh Kulkarni 109, Rahul Sapru lbw b Nilesh Kulkarni 8, Manoj Mudgal st Sulkashan Kulkarni b Pawar 9, Mohammad Saif c Kuruvilla b Pawar 19, Ashish Winston Zaidi lbw b Nilesh Kulkarni 8,Ubaid Kamal not out 0; Extras (lb4, nb17, w4): 25.

Total (all out in 99.4 overs; 441 mins): 293

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-49, 3-56, 4-67, 5-241, 6-247, 7-264, 8-266, 9-282

Bowling: Mhambrey 21-5-48-3 (nb1, w4), Kuruvilla 17-3-56-0 (nb11), Phadke 6-2-9-1, Nilesh Kulkarni 28-9-63-3, Bahutule 6-1-40-0 (nb2), Pawar 21.4-4-73-3 (nb2)

Mumbai (2nd innings): Amit Pagnis c Sharma b Saif 29, Sunil More c Sharma b Kamal 11, Jatin Paranjpe batting 68, Amol Muzumdar batting 22; Extras (b8, lb5, nb2): 15.

Total (for two wickets in 43 overs; 206 minutes): 145

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-52

Bowling: Kamal 14-6-29-1, Zaidi 12-0-60-0, Saif 10-0-30-1 (nb2), Pandey 5-3-12-0, Shamshad 1-1-0-0, Yadav 1-0-1-1

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


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