Yusuf Pathan took five wickets for 80 runs during Mumbai's second innings    Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Yusuf Pathan took five wickets for 80 runs during Mumbai’s second innings Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Vadodara: Shreyas Iyer and Nikhil Patil struck half centuries as Mumbai declared at 304 for nine to put themselves in a strong position on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda at Vadodara on Saturday.

Iyer stroked his way to 90 from just 92 balls with 12 fours and two sixes while Patil remained not out on 50 from 78 deliveries from which he hit four boundaries and one six as Mumbai declared their second innings to set an challenging target of 408 for Baroda for a win.

Mumbai scored at a brisk pace over four-and-a-half runs per over, hitting the 304 runs in just 67 overs. The highlight of Mumbai innings was the 114-run stand for the fifth wicket between Iyer and Siddhesh Lad (48) as the duo revived the visiting side innings after they were reduced to 84 for four at one stage.

Yusuf Pathan claimed five wickets with his off-spin but that proved to be not enough to stop Mumbai from crossing the 300-run mark.

Baroda, who were shot out for 184 in just 54.3 overs in their first innings yesterday, were 67 for two from 20 overs in their second essay at the draw of stumps. They still require another 341 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand with one day left in the Group A match at the Moti Bagh Stadium. Opener Saurabh Wakaskar and Deepak Hooda were at the crease on 33 and 30 respectively at close of play.

The other opener and captain Aditya Waghmode was out for a duck in the sixth over after facing 15 deliveries while one-down Hardik Pandya was dismissed for just one after facing 17 balls.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 287 (Aditya Tare 127*; Irfan Pathan 3 for 47) & 304 for 9 decl. in 67 overs (Shreyas Iyer 90, Nikhil Patil 50*; Yusuf Pathan 5 for 80) lead Baroda 184 (Hardik Pandya 53; Balwinder Sandhu 4 for 35) and 67 for 2 (Saurabh Wakaskar 33*; Balwinder Sandhu 1 for 7) by 340 runs.