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As it happened, Ranji Trophy Final: Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Day 2

Saurashtra had a forgettable start to the title clash on the opening day and would want to throw a few punches back and prevent Mumbai from taking total control on day two.

Cricketnext Staff |February 25, 2016, 6:08 PM IST
As it happened, Ranji Trophy Final: Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Day 2

MUMBAI FIRST INNINGS (SAURASHTRA 235)

Stumps, Day 2: Mumbai were 262/8 in 65.6 overs in reply to Saurashtra's 235.

5:10pm: Mumbai lose Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur in quick succession. Good comeback from Saurashtra. Mumbai 251/8 in 64.3 overs.

5:00pm Mumbai were 250/6 in 63 overs on Day 2 in reply to Saurashtra's 235 in the Ranji final.

4.15 p.m.: Mumbai 209 for 5, End Of Over 50, trail By 26 runs, Abhishek Nayar 3 (7), SD Lad 2 (9) against Saurashtra

3.55 p.m.: WICKET! Mumbai 205 for 5, Saurashtra gets a big success as established batsman Surya Kumar Yadav departs. Surya scores 48 valuable runs off 112 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara catches him off Deepak Punia.

3.50 p.m.: WICKET! Mumbai 195 for 4 Over 45.6 AP Tare goes for 19 off 17 balls. ct AV Vasavada b Chirag Jani

TEA IN PUNE: Mumbai 184 for 3, behind Saurashtra by only 51 runs. Yadav on 40, Tare on 8.

3 p.m. Saurashtra finally get a wicket! Shreyas Iyer has been dislodged by Chirag Jani for 117, ending the 175-run partnership for the third wicket. Suryakumar Yadav (40*) is joined by Aditya Tare.

2:45 p.m. At the end of 40 overs, Mumbai are now dictating terms at 173 for 2, just 58 runs away from erasing Saurashtra's first innings total. Iyer batting on 116 and Yadav on 38.

2:20 p.m. CENTURY FOR SHREYAS IYER! He brings up his 6th first-class hundred, fourth of the season, in just his 25th match. Yadav, on the other hand, is on a patient 30 off 80 balls. These two have added more than 100 now for the fourth wicket, and putting Mumbai in control at 151 for 2 in 36 overs.

1:50pm: Mumbai were 132/2 in 30.3 overs on Day 2 after bowling out Saurashtra for 235 in the Ranji Trophy final.

1 p.m. Shreyas and Yadav looking good now, having added more than 50 runs for the third wicket.

12:10 p.m. At lunch on day two, Mumbai have reached 66 for 2 in their first innings, 169 runs behind Saurashtra's 169. Batting solid on the crease having added 43 runs for the third wicket are Shreyas Iyer (51*) and Suryakumar Yadav (3*). Unadkat took both the wickets to fall in his 8-over spell of 2 for 16.

12 noon: Fifty for Iyer! And at a good rate too, in just 66 balls. Mumbai 66 for 2. with just a few minutes to lunch on day two.

11:45 a.m. Shreyas Iyer is showing why he is talked about so highly in the domestic circle. In partnership with Suryakumar Yadav, he is taking Mumbai out of trouble.

11 a.m. Unadkat strikes again! Bowls Thakkar for just 6 as Mumbai's scorecard now reads a worrying 27 for 2.

10:40 a.m. WICKET! Saurashtra have struck early, and it's Unadkat who has followed up his batting heroics with the wicket of Herwadkar (0). Mumbai 12 for 1 in 3 overs.

10:20 a.m. SAURASHTRA ALL OUT FOR 235 losing their last two wickets in successive overs as Kulkarni completed a five-for by dismissing Mankad for 66 and Thakur claimed his third wicket in the next over to remove Unadkat for a well-made 31.

Arpit Vasavada top-scored for Suarashtra with 77.

10 a.m. Unadkat is providing the spark Saurashtra needed to begin day two. He has come out flashing his blade and raced to 29 off 21 balls, including 2 fours and 2 sixes. Saurashtra 233/8 in 91 overs.

9:45 a.m. 200 comes up for Saurashtra, a psychological landmark. Unadkat brings it up with a four and a six off Thakur. Mankad 58* on the other end. 211 for 8 in 88 overs.

9:30 p.m. Hello and welcome to the live updates of day two of the Ranji Trophy Final in Pune, where Mumbai made a giant stride on day one towards another title - by reducing Saurashtra to 192 for 8, thanks to Dhawal Kulkarni's 4 for 30.

Here's a brief report from Day 1:

Comeback man Dhawal Kulkarni wreaked havoc with the new ball to hand Mumbai the initial edge in their quest for 41st Ranji Trophy title by reducing Saurashtra to 192 for 8 in the first innings on the opening day of the summit clash, here on Wednesday.

Back in the side after missing the semifinal due to a groin strain, Kulkarni utilised the green track on offer to perfection after Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare won the toss and invited Saurashtra to bat.

Kulkarni was spot on with his line and length, and managed to cut through Saurashtra top-order with figures of four for 30, which included the important wickets of opener Avi Barot, Cheteshwar Pujara, Arpit Vasavada and skipper Jaydev Shah.

Kulkarni was ably supported by his new ball partner Shardul Thakur (2 for 59), Abhishek Nayar (1 for 42) and Balwinder Sandhu (1 for 41). Kulkarni, in particular, produced an impressive opening spell as Mumbai reduced Saurashtra to 108 for seven at one stage

Vasavada (77) played a patient knock and held one end together during his 214-ball stay at the crease, which included just six boundaries, even as the wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

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Together with Mankad (55 not out off 119 balls), Vasavada stitched 84 runs for the eighth wicket to give some respectability to Saurashtra's total.

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