Vadodara: Shreyas Iyer and Nikhil Patil struck half centuries as Mumbai declared at 304-9 to put themselves in a strong position on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda here on Saturday.

Iyer stroked his way to 90 from just 92 balls with 12 fours and two sixes while Patil remained not out on 50 from 78 deliveries from which he hit four boundaries and one six as Mumbai declared their second innings at 304-9 to set an unlikely target of 408 for Baroda for a win.

Shreyas Iyer 

Mumbai scored at a brisk pace at 4.53 run per over, hitting the 304 runs in just 67 overs. The highlight of Mumbai innings was the 114-run stand for the fifth wicket between Iyer and Siddhesh Lad (48) as the duo revived the visiting side innings after they were reduced to 84 for 4 at one stage.

Pathan takes fifer
Yusuf Pathan claimed five wickets with his off-spin but that proved to be not enough to stop Mumbai from crossing the 300-run mark.

Baroda, who were shot out for 184 in just 54.3 overs in their first innings yesterday, were 67 for 2 from 20 overs in their second essay at the draw of stumps on Saturday.

Baroda still require another 341 runs with eight wickets in hand with one day left in the Group ‘A’ match. Opener Saurabh Wakaskar and Deepak Hooda were at the crease on 33 and 30 respectively at close of play. Captain Aditya Waghmode was out for a duck in the sixth over.