Mumbai: Jan 30, 2012
Six-time winners Mumbai were well-poised to regain the title after taking a crucial first innings lead and then making 300 for seven in the second essay on day three of the four-day Cooch Behar under 19 tournament final against Maharashtra.
Overall, Mumbai were ahead by 323 runs and, with just a day left, the title looks sealed in their favour unless Maharashtra can chase the 300-plus target successfully.
After Mumbai bowlers, led by Akash Parkar, fought back brilliantly yesterday to help the hosts gain a slender 23-run lead over their arch-rivals, it was the turn of the team's batsmen to come good in the second innings.
Opener Jaideep Pardesh led the way with a painstaking knock of 125 in over five and a half hours to lay the platform.
He was given good support by fellow-opener Akarshit Gomel (53 in 275 minutes) as the two batsmen ground the rival bowlers with their watchful performance.
Resuming at the overnight 91 for no loss, the two batsmen denied Maharashtra an early break with a partnership of 171 in 68.5 overs.
Gomel departed after facing 195 balls and hitting only 7 fours, and two more wickets fell quickly to leave Mumbai at 174 for 3, before the slide was arrested.
Pardeshi was fourth out just after the 200 was crossed, off the 274th delivery he faced and after striking 19 fours and two sixes.
Later Mairaj Khan (40 in 191 minutes) and Atif Attarwala (35 not out in 100 minutes), the first innings half century maker, got together to frustrate the visitors with a stand of 42 runs for the seventh wicket.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 and 300 for 7 (Jaideep Pardesh 125, Akarshit Gomel 53, Mairaj Khan 40, Atif Attarwala 35; Satyajit Bachhav 3 for 62, Chirag Khurana 2 for 65) vs Maharashtra 150. (PTI)