Ranji Trophy: Lad, Tare steady Mumbai ship vs Hyderabad
Siddhesh Lad scored an unbeaten century and also put on a crucial 105-run stand with Aditya Tare (73) to help Mumbai overcome early jitters and reach 250 for five against Hyderabad on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match in Raipur
Aditya Tare And Siddhesh Lad
Siddhesh Lad scored an unbeaten century and also put on a crucial 105-run stand with Aditya Tare (73) to help Mumbai overcome early jitters and reach 250 for five against Hyderabad on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match in Raipur yesterday. Opting to bat, Mumbai got off to a poor start, losing four wickets for just 34 runs on the board with left-arm medium pacer Chama Milind (3-64) accounting for the top three batsmen.
With Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav back in the dressing room, Lad and Tare joined hands to consolidate the Mumbai innings. The two batted for the next 40.3 overs and added 105 together before Mumbai's wicketkeeper-captain Tare fell for 73 that came off 148 balls and was studded with 14 boundaries.
However, Hyderabad failed to take anymore wickets after Tare's dismissal, even as Lad batted through the day to remain unbeaten at stumps on 101 off 196 deliveries that included 15 hits to the fence and a six. "Losing four wickets very early in a knockout game was beyond our imagination. The atmosphere in the dressing room was very tense. I went out to bat keeping in mind that I should not give away my wicket at any cost. Initially, runs didn't come easily. Aditya and I discussed about ensuring the scoreboard is kept ticking. After lunch we decided to attack and punish the loose balls," Lad told mid-day over the phone from Raipur yesterday.
Lad also shared another fruitful partnership with Abhishek Nayar (46 not out). The duo put on an unbroken 111-run stand for the sixth wicket.
The 24-year-old Lad made a comeback to the side after missing three games due to a back injury.
"Coming into this game was itself huge pressure because when you are playing matches, you know your rhythm, which I was missing for the last four weeks. I was confident of playing well just because of my hunger for runs. "It made a lot of difference in today's innings," he said.
"I think this is one of my best innings in Ranji Trophy because the ball was moving a lot, both in the air and after pitching," he added.
For Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj (2-58) was the other successful bowler after Milind.
Mumbai 250 for five in 90 overs (Siddhesh Lad 101 not out, Aditya Tare 73, Abhishek Nayar 46 not out; Chama Milind 3-64, Mohammed Siraj 2-58) vs Hyderabad
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