Dhawal Kulkarni's 50 helps Mumbai go past 300 in first innings against Andhra
Overnight batsmen Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni helped Mumbai go past 300 runs in the first innings against Andhra during their crucial Ranji Trophy clash at CSR Sharma College ground here on Saturday
Overnight batsmen Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni helped Mumbai go past 300 runs in the first innings against Andhra during their crucial Ranji Trophy clash at CSR Sharma College ground here on Saturday. Mumbai, resuming on 248 for six, posted 332, thanks to Nayar's 147-ball 35 and Kulkarni's 134-ball 50. Andhra, in reply, were 74 for two at stumps with skipper Hanuma Vihari (29), who is the highest run-getter in the tournament so far and Ricky Bhui (23) at the crease.
Mumbai lost the first wicket of the day after adding 33 runs to their overnight score when Nayar was bowled by medium pacer V Sasikanth, who claimed three wickets. Kulkarni waged a lone battle with the other tailenders and eventually ran out of partners. Medium pacer Bandaru Ayyappa was the pick of the Andhra bowlers with 4-110 in his 40 overs. Andhra lost their first wicket for 19 when Nayar managed to trap opener Prashanth Kumar for 11. Andhra suffered another blow when KS Bharat (11) was run out by Shreyas Iyer. However, Vihari and Bhui rebuilt the innings with a 49-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket.
In New Delhi Ishant Sharma gave a timely reminder to the selectors with a hostile spell of fast bowling as Delhi reduced Maharashtra to 59 for eight after scoring a healthy 419 in the first innings. Despite more than 40 overs of play being lost, Delhi have a fair chance of finishing the match by third day with visitors till 360 runs in arrears.
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