Yash Dubey (44 not out) and Shubham Sharma (41 not out) added 76 runs off 147 balls for the second wicket as they carried Madhya Pradesh to 123/1 in 41 overs, trailing Mumbai by 251 runs at stumps on day two of the Ranji Trophy last on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
After bowling out Mumbai for 374, with Sarfaraz Khan making a surprising 134, his fourth century of the season, Dubey and Himanshu Mantri stitched a cussed opening stand of 47, preserving the quick bowlers at bay and after settling towards them, Dubey welcomed left- arm spinner Shams Mulani with a boundary completely dissecting between mid-wicket and mid-on.
Then, it was Mantri’s flip to tackle Mulani, dancing down the pitch and hitting him for back-to-back sixes, adopted by driving him by way of quick cowl. Publish tea, Mantri was trapped in entrance of stumps by pacer Tushar Deshpande. Shubham got here out and started by placing boundaries thrice towards Deshpande and Dhawal Kulkarni.
That set the tone for Sharma in addition to Dubey to take boundaries regularly regardless of Deshpande getting some assist with motion off the seam and additional bounce, with Mulani usually being taken to the cleaners by the duo. With each batters wanting rock-solid and having confronted 131 and 65 balls respectively, Madhya Pradesh will probably be fancying their possibilities of taking an higher hand over Mumbai on day three.
Earlier, Sarfaraz’s run-making juggernaut continued with a surprising 134 in guiding Mumbai to 374 in 127.4 overs. For Madhya Pradesh, Gaurav Yadav was the decide of the bowlers with 4/106 in 35.4 overs. After being watchful on day one, Sarfaraz continued to face agency on day two and was rewarded for his perseverance with a stroke-filled 243-ball 134, laced with 13 fours and two sixes, lifting Mumbai from a difficult place to a seemingly aggressive rating .
On his method to 134, Sarfaraz crossed the 900+ runs mark in a Ranji Trophy season for the second time after amassing 928 runs in 2019/20 season, changing into simply the third batter after Ajay Sharma and Wasim Jaffer to take action. Resuming from 248/5 on day one, Mumbai misplaced Mulani on simply the second ball of the day when Gaurav bought one to jag again in and entice him plumb lbw. Sarfaraz first confirmed indicators of shedding his cautious self when he sliced Ga over backward level for a boundary.
With Gaurav and Anubhav Agarwal preserving issues tight, Sarfaraz was unable to get his photographs and was caught on 45 for lengthy. As quickly as left-arm spinner Kumar Karticeya Singh bought into the assault, Sarfaraz opened up by nailing a sweep over mid-wicket and reached his fifty with a single by way of the identical area.
Sarfaraz continued to nail his sweep towards Kartickeya whereas timing his straight down the bottom drives. Although Gaurav took out Tanush Kotian’s off-stump with a peach of a supply and Kulkarni nicked to keeper off Anubhav Agarwal, Sarfaraz continued to march ahead regardless of having a nasty collision with Gaurav. He even introduced out the ramp shot towards Anubhav, with the ball going over keeper and slips for a cheeky boundary.
Sarfaraz then reached his century in 190 balls by driving Kartickeya down the bottom to finish an outstanding knock beneath stress. His celebrations on reaching the three-figure mark ranged from being teary-eyed and punching the air in delight to bringing out the kabaddi thigh-five, met with thunderous cheers from the Mumbai camp and spectators in stadium.
After reaching the century, Sarfaraz continued to assault Kartickeya, slog-sweeping for a six over deep mid-wicket and was adopted by Deshpande slamming a boundary down the bottom as Mumbai fetched 103 runs within the first session.
After Deshpande fell, Sarfaraz and Mohit Awasthi hit a six every off Saransh Jain over long-off, adopted by the previous taking a boundary off Gaurav. In an try to go massive once more, Sarfaraz went for it however sliced to further cowl, ending a knock the place he rallied round with the lower-order batters to tug Mumbai out of a precarious scenario.
(Inputs from IANS)