Aditya Tare's knock proved very vital for Mumbai    Getty Images (File Photo)
Aditya Tare’s knock proved very vital for Mumbai Getty Images (File Photo)

In the Round 2 of the Ranji trophy 2016-17 between Mumbai and Baroda, after witnessing some nail biting action off the previous days, the match ended in a draw as both the teams displayed some of the best cricketing moments. Mumbai were given a target of 366 runs in their second innings following Kedhar Devdhar and Deepak Hooda’s centuries for Baroda in the second innings. Mumbai started off to a bad start as none of their opening batsmen could capitalise on the good start they received in their second innings. Tushar Deshpande was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai in the second innings as he finished with the figures of 11-0-61-2. After the Mumbai batsmen disappointed in the second innings, it was wicket-keeper batsman Ajinkya Tare who remained unbeaten on 63 from 162 balls ti ensure that there was no further fall of wickets after the initial debacle. READ:Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Initially, on Day One Baroda won the toss and opted to bat first as it was very much anticipated that the wicket assists the batsmen early into the game. It was Pinal Shah s innings of 66 from 125 deliveries which consisted of 10 whacking boundaries and Deepak Hooda s 46 from 88 balls that helped Baroda to mount a total of 305. It was also a useful contribution from Yusuf Pathan who scored a quick whack off 41 runs off just 28 balls which were laced with 8 beautiful boundaries. Vijay Gohil remained the star of the bowlers for Mumbai as he finished with the figures of 16-1-70-3.

In reply to the Baroda s total, Mumbai opener Akhil Herwadkar scored a magnificent knock of 106 from 216 deliveries which had 14 boundaries. Half centuries from Suryakumar Yadav who scored 54 off 72 balls and an unbeaten innings of 64 runs from 112 balls ensured that Mumbai reached a total of 323 in their first innings getting a lead of 18 runs. Baroda skipper Irfan Pathan was the best bowler for his side as he finished with the figures of 15.5-5-30-3.

Batting in their second innings, the Baroda batsmen struck hard against Mumbai bowlers as opener Kedar Devdhar scored 145 from 235 and an unbeaten attacking knock of 100 from 103 balls by Deepak Hooda 383 for the loss of 5 wickets which meant that Mumbai had the target of 366 to chase in their second innings. Mumbai started off on a bad note as most of their batsmen got off to a good start but couldn t make their innings big. It was Jay Bista s attacking knock of 49 off as many balls along with Shreyas Iyer who scored 46 that brought some stability in the Mumbai innings.

Brief Scores:

Baroda 305 and 383 for 5 (Kedar Devdhar 145, Deepak Hooda 100*; Tushar Deshpande 2 for 61) drew against Mumbai 323 and 224 for 5 (Ajinkya Tare 63*, Jay Bista 49; Manan Vohra 2 for 32)