Riding on Hiken Shah’s career-best 170, defending champions Mumbai strengthened their grip over Odisha as the hosts declared at 501 for nine on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy tie at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.
Mumbai bowlers then breezed through Odisha’s top order, leaving the visitors reeling at 79 for three at stumps, trailing Mumbai by 422 runs.
Pacer Javed Khan did not take much time to send back opener Girjia Rout (4) and Niranjan Behera (0) to reduce Odisha to 16 for two inside 10 overs.
Their problems only compounded when Govind Podder (2) was caught behind off Shardul Thakur while skipper Biplab Samantray retired hurt two balls later after being hit on the head by a bouncer.
At close of play, opener Natraj Behera (45) and Abhilash Mallick (28) were at the crease, having put on an unbroken 43-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, Mumbai lost captain Jaffer, who added only 18 runs to his overnight score of 125. Jaffer had stitched a 222-run stand with Shah for the third wicket before being dismissed by Deepak Behera.
Shah, resuming on 67, took the responsibility once Jaffer departed. He carted Odisha bowlers for 13 additional fours and three sixes before being trapped leg before by left-arm spinner Dhiraj Singh just after lunch break.
His 391-minute innings yielded 21 fours and three sixes. He also put on two vital partnerships — first with skipper Jaffer and then a 99-run stand with Surya Kumar Yadav (28).
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