Ranji Trophy: No luck for Siddhesh Lad as Mumbai fall short

Siddhesh (86) misses out on ton as Andhra claim first innings points

Vizianagaram: Medium-pacer Bandaru Ayyappa wreaked havoc with the ball to hand Andhra a vital seven runs first innings lead and ensure three crucial points for his side after their opening Group B Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai ended in a draw here yesterday.

Siddhesh Lad, who scored 86
Siddhesh Lad, who scored 86

In reply to Andhra's 244, Mumbai were bowled out for 237 in 91.5 overs in their first innings. Ayyappa's six appeal Ayyappa (6-71) turned out to be the tormentor-in-chief for Andhra as he decimated Mumbai's lower-middle order with four wickets yesterday, including the all-important wicket of Siddhesh Lad (86), to add to his Saturday's tally two scalps.

Resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 158 for five, Mumbai's lower middle-order crumbled like of a pack of cards in front of a fiery spell from Ayyappa. Mumbai could add just 79 runs to their overnight score before being bundled out to hand Andhra the edge.

For Mumbai, the onus was on Lad and Abhishek Nayar to take Mumbai to safety but it was not to be as Nayar was run out for 23. Lad added 23 runs to his last night's score before he became Ayyappa's first victim of the day. Lad faced 163 balls and struck 12 fours and six during his knock.

Thereafter, Ayyappa ran through the Mumbai lower order, picking up the wickets of Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur (25) and Balwinder Sandhu to skittle out Mumbai in 91.5 overs. At stumps on the fourth and final day of the match, Andhra made 176 for three in 65 overs with opener Prasanth Kumar (59) hitting a half-century.

One point for Mumbai
Besides, KS Bharath made 43 and skipper Mohammad Kaif remained unbeaten on 49 when the umpires decided to call off the proceedings. Vishal Dabholkar (2-26) scalped two wickets for Mumbai in Andhra's second innings. While Andhra took away three points, Mumbai had to be contend with one point.

Brief scores
Andhra: 244 & 176 for three (P Kumar 59, M Kaif 49*, K Bharath 43; V Dabholkar 2-26) vs Mumbai (1st innings) 237 all out (S Lad 86; B Ayyappa 6-71) Result: Match drawn
Points: Andhra 3, Mumbai 1

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