Double centurion Abhishek Nayar guides Mumbai to safety

Abhishek Nayar was dismissed for 243 runs after facing 327 balls and hitting 28 fours and a six

Mumbai: Nov 13, 2011

A solid batting performance led by double centurion Abhishek Nayar helped Mumbai overcome an imposing Rajasthan score of 530 and ensure three points from an Elite Group Ranji Trophy match.

Mumbai scored 625 in their first innings — 95 more than Rajasthan — thanks to Nayar’s 243 and a century from Rohit Sharma. Surya Kumar Yadav smashed 87 while Dhawal Kulkarni (60) and Iqbal Abdulla (64) also made useful contributions.

With the match destined to be fought for the first innings honours on a placid Brabourne Stadium wicket, all competitive interest in the clash died down once Mumbai took the lead in the first session.

In the second innings, Rajasthan made 70 for 2 in 15 overs, losing openers Aakash Chopra and Vineet Saxena in the process, before umpires called time.

Mumbai now have nine points from two matches having opened their campaign with an outright win over Railways in Delhi, while Rajasthan have 2 from as many ties.

This morning the interest lay in whether Mumbai, would be able to get the 92 runs required to cross Rajasthan’s first innings total of 530.

Kulkarni and Abdulla brought Mumbai within 10 runs of the total of the visitors, before the former was caught behind off Rajasthan’s most impressive bowler Pankaj Singh.

Pankaj got his 14th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and is now one short of completing 200 wickets in the longer format.

Kulkarni and Abdulla had added 106 runs in 213 balls for the sixth wicket.

Nayar came out to resume his innings at the exit of Kulkarni and in the company of Abdulla, helped Mumbai get past Rajasthan’s total before the latter was sent back by Pankaj, the lanky bowler’s fourth wicket of the innings.

Nayar was finally out after facing 327 balls and hitting 28 fours and a six. He became Gajendra Singh’s second victim.

Pankaj Singh finished with impressive figures of 5 for 111, the lone bowler from either side to make a real impact in the match. (PTI)

Brief scores: Rajasthan 530 & 70 for 2 drew with Mumbai 625 (Abshishek Nayar 243, Rohit Sharma 100, Suryakumar Yadav 87, Dhawal Kulkarni 60, Iqbal Abdulla 64; Pankaj Singh 5 for 111).

Points: Mumbai 3 Rajasthan 1.