Akhil Herwadkar was unbeaten on 136    Getty Images (Representational Image)
Akhil Herwadkar was unbeaten on 136 Getty Images (Representational Image)

Mumbai‘s Akhil Herwadkar scored an unbeaten century, as they inched closer to the first innings lead of Madhya Pradesh, after steering themselves to 290 for five in their Ranji Trophy tie at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday. On Day 3, Herwadkar was unbeaten on 136, while Tushar Deshpande was on eight, giving him company at stumps. Aditya Tare also proved healthy with the bat as he scored 80 crucial runs by smashing 10 boundaries, while opener Herwadkar smashed 19 boundaries, and was also involved in a 155-run stand along with Tare for the fifth wicket. LIVE Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 3, Round 3

In the middle order, Suryakumar Yadav contributed 41 off 90 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Madhya Pradesh were all out for 445 in their first innings, with Rajat Patidar top-scoring with 106. Mumbai were 38 for two overnight and lost Shreyas Iyer early in the morning, but Herwadkar added 67 runs for the fourth wicket with Yadav to steady the innings, before consolidating it in the company of Tare, reports PTI. On Day 2, Madhya Pradesh posted a massive 445 in their first innings and then returned to reduce defending champion Mumbai to 38-2 at stumps on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy on Friday. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

It was a superlative batting effort as Rajat Patidar completed a deserving hundred after starting the day at 83, while other overnight batsman Devendra Bundela hit a patient 160-ball 60 which was studded with eight fours and a six. Shubham Sharma (83 not out) and Ankit Dane (47) also contributed with the bat to frustrate the Mumbai bowlers after MP started their day at an overnight score of 239 for 2.

Brief Scores

Madhya Pradesh 445 (SS Sharma 83; VKD Gohil 3 for 87) lead Mumbai 290 for 5 (AA Herwadkar 136*; Ishwar Pandey 3 for 84) by 155 runs.