Ranji Trophy 2013-14: Mumbai need 109 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand

Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 20 at tea on Day Three © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 29, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar and Abhishek Nayar were unbeaten at the crease as Mumbai reached 131 for three against Haryana at tea on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 encounter at Lahili. Mumbai need 109 runs to win with seven wickets in hand.

The excitement was back in the stadium as Tendulkar walked out to bat for the second time in the match and possibly the last time in a Ranji Trophy game when he came to the crease at the fall of Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket. He laced his innings with two boundaries — one a leg glance towards fine leg and another an edge towards third-man. He was unbeaten on 20 at the end of the session.

Earlier, 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 131 for 1 (Kaustubh Pawar 47*, Ajinkya Rahane 40*) by 109 runs.