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Ranji Trophy: Mumbai bowlers help team move closer to win over Jharkhand

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: February 05, 2016, 20:48 IST

Having set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for spinners, Jharkhand are 28 for one with two full days of play left and 462 runs to get. (Getty Images)

Having set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for spinners, Jharkhand are 28 for one with two full days of play left and 462 runs to get. (Getty Images)

Having set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for spinners, Jharkhand are 28 for one with two full days of play left and 462 runs to get.

Mysuru: Heavyweights Mumbai took another step closer towards an outright victory against Jharkhand on their way to the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament in Mysuru on Saturday.

Having set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for spinners, Jharkhand are 28 for one with two full days of play left and 462 runs to get.

Earlier, talented Shreyas Iyer's quickfire 81 off 106 balls and captain Abhishek Nayar's 43 off 77 balls enabled Mumbai score 245 in a little over 63 overs in their second innings after Jharkhand were bowled out for 172 in their first essay.

Despite a handy 244-run lead, Nayar did not enforce a follow-on as his bowlers had sent down 71.5 overs and there was more than two-and-half-day time at his disposal.

Starting the day at 150 for 8, Shardul Thakur took the remaining two wickets in the morning as Jharkhand were bowled out within 8.5 overs in the day.

In their bid to score quick runs, Jay Bista (14) and Akhil Herwadkar (15) hit a flurry of boundaries before both were out in quick succession.

But Iyer with nine fours and two sixes added 63 runs in only 13.5 overs with Nayar as Mumbai consolidated their position in the match.

Brief scores: Mumbai 416 and 245 in 63.1 overs (Shreyas Iyer 81, Abhishek Nayar 43, Samar Quadri 5 for 62)

Jharkhand 172 (Kaushal Singh 43, Akhil Herwadkar 3 for 26, Iqbal Abdullah 3 for 50, Shardul Thakur 3 for 37) and (Target 490) 28 for 1.
first published:February 05, 2016, 20:47 IST
last updated:February 05, 2016, 20:48 IST