Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Ajinkya Rahane, Kaustubh Pawar take Mumbai to 57/1 at lunch on Day 3

Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 23 at lunch © PTI (File Photo)

Oct 29, 2013

Opener Kaustubh Pawar and Ajinkya Rahane stabilised Mumbai’s innings after the early dismissal of Wasim Jaffer to take them to 57 for two at lunch on Day Three of the Ranji Tropjhy 2013-14 encounter against Haryana at Lahili on Tuesday.

Mumbai now need 183 more runs to win with nine wickets in hand.

Chasing a target of 240, after bowling out the hosts for 241 earlier in day, Mumbai’s chase got off to a poor start as they lost the early wicket of opener and Ranji Trophy’s highest run-getter Jaffer for one.

Earlier, the visitors had managed to take a slender two-run lead on day Two as they were bowled out for 136 after skittling out the home side for just 134. Mumbai were well positioned to take a massive lead in the first innings as they ended Day One at 100 for four.

Joginder Sharma was the star bowler for the hosts as he grabbed five wickets for 16 runs in the first innings.

Out-of-favour soon stole the spotlight from him as he bagged a four-wicket haul in the second innings.

Brief scores:

Haryana 132 and 241 (Sunny Singh 63, Jayant Yadav 45; Vishal Dabholkar 4 for 54, Zaheer Khan 4 for 62) lead Mumbai 134 and 57 for 1 (Kaustubh Pawar 26, Ajinkya Rahane 23) by 183 runs.