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Mumbai: Feb 7, 2013
After losing the wicket of Harbhajan Singh early in the morning, it would have seemed that Mumbai would restrict RoI to under 400. But Suresh Raina and Abhimanyu Mithun had other plans as they shared a vital 153-run seventh-wicket partnership to thwart Mumbai.
The duo upped the ante at the Wankhede by scoring at over a run a ball.
Raina struck 14 boundaries and five massive sixes. He made 134 runs off 169 balls at a strike rate of 79.28. A major chunk of his runs came on the off-side backward of square as he toyed around with Mumbai’s hapless attack.
Mithun, meanwhile, scored his 51 off 90 balls including nine boundaries and a six. He was eventually trapped in front by Ankeet Chavan to make it 505 for seven.
Pragyan Ojha could not last long, and Raina followed him to the pavilion after holing out to Shardul Thakur off Chavan’s bowling.
The left-arm spinner then took his third wicket, that of Ishwar Pandey, to finish RoI’s innings.
Brief Scores: Rest of India 526 (Suresh Raina 134, Murali Vijay 116; Ankeet Chavan 3 for 56, Abhishek Nayar 2 for 70) vs Mumbai
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