Surya Kumar Yadav is at the crease with Shreyas Iyer    PTI
Surya Kumar Yadav is at the crease with Shreyas Iyer PTI

Indore: Mumbai had a blazing start to their second innings in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final against Gujarat, here at the Holkar Stadium in Indore; courtesy Prithvi Shaw, who raced to 44 in virtually no time before getting dismissed before lunch on Day Three. The prodigious talent, who started his career with a bang in the last match scoring a hundred on First-Class debut while chasing in a high voltage clash, scored 44 of 35 balls. It was a knock which included 8 fours and a few shots too many. The youngster fell a few minutes before lunch, perhaps to his overly aggressive tactics.

Shaw s was not the only wicket Mumbai lost, as the other opener Akhil Herwadkar also fell for 16. Mumbai were thus 66 for 2 at lunch, still 34 runs behind Gujarat in the second innings, who had taken a vital 100-run lead earlier in the morning. Starting their innings from overnight score of 291 for 6, Gujarat s tail could last only 75 balls, adding 37 runs and losing 4 wickets in the morning. Chirag Gandhi was the first to go when Shardul Thakur removed him without allowing to add a single run to his yesterday s score. Rush Kalaria then added some runs with Chintan Gaja and RP Singh, before he fell to Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who then dismissed RP too in almost quick succession.

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Shardul then returned to end the Gujarat innings on the score of 328 with a lead of exact 100 runs. He was the pick of the bowlers, with returns of 4 for 84. Sandhu (3 for 63) and Abhishek Nayar (3 for 101) complimented him well. Vishal Dabholkar and Vijay Gohil the two left-arm spinners did a little in the game and looking at their figures, it can be said that perhaps in the hindsight, Aditya Tare should have played an extra seamer. However, with the red-soil wicket in Indore expected to turn on Day Four and Five, the two may still come in handy in the last innings.

Mumbai openers looked in a hurry to get rid of the 100-run deficit. Even though Herwadkar was a bit tentative, Shaw adopted an attacking approach and went after the Gujarat bowlers. The 17-year-old batsman did not shy away from taking his chances and collected some quick runs upfront with the help of a flurry of boundaries. He hit Kalaria for 3 fours in the fourth over of the innings, prompting Parthiv Patel to make an early change as he brought Chintan Gaja into the attack. The carnage continued as Gaja too got hit for a couple of boundaries, but the lanky seamer had the last laugh. He removed both the openers before lunch and clipped the wings of a high-flying start Mumbai had got to.

Shreyas Iyer (4*) and Suryakumar Yadav (0*) were at the crease when umpires called for the lunch break. The second session is going to be extremely crucial in the context of the game. The moisture will dry up and it may get easier to bat for Mumbai. The onus will be on these two players, as Mumbai look to defend their title while Gujarat seek their maiden win.

Brief scores:

Mumbai 228 and 66 for 2 (Prithvi Shaw 44; Akhil Herwadkar 16; Chintan Gaja 2 for 22) trail Gujarat 328 (Parthiv Patel 90, Manprit Juneja 77; Shardul Thakur 4 for 84, Balwinder Sandhu 3 for 63, Abhishek Nayar 3 for 101) by 34 runs.