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Baroda were in firm control of their Ranji Trophy 2016-17 match against the defending champions Mumbai, as by the end of the third day, they had an overall lead of 303 runs. In their second innings, Baroda were 321 for 5 after 86 overs, with the right-handed dashing batsman Deepak Hooda leading their charge with a solid 66 not out. Hooda, who has established himself as an explosive batsman in the Indian domestic circuit, has so far faced 75 deliveries and cracked 6 boundaries to power his side against the strong Mumbai outfit. READ:Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Baroda look to be having the game in their firm control, as their overall lead has surged past the 300-run mark. In the first innings, Baroda had scored 305, but they were not able to prevent Mumbai from taking a crucial lead in the first innings as the defending champions scored 323 in their first essay. If Pinal Shah was the star for Baroda with his innings of 66, Mumbai found their hero in Akhil Herwadkar, who scored a resolute 106 off 216 balls with 14 boundaries to help a faltering Mumbai inch closer to total which their opposition had garnered at the Palam A Ground, Model Sports Complex in New Delhi.

Hooda was not the only star for Baroda in their second innings, as a splendid century by their opening batsman Kedar Devdhar helped them to reply strongly after Mumbai took a small lead of 18 runs. Devdhar cracked 16 boundaries in his innings of 145, and added 177 runs with Aditya Waghmode, who scored 66. For Baroda, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan had produced an impressive spell of 3 for 30.

Brief scores:

Baroda 305 & 321 for 5 (Kedar Devdhar 145, Aditya Waghmode 66, Deepak Hooda 66*; Tushar Deshpande 2 for 39) lead Mumbai 323 (Akhil Herwadkar 106, Suryakumar Yadav 54, Balwinder Sandhu 64; Irfan Pathan 3 for 30, Sagar Mangalorkar 3 for 75) by 303 runs