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Domestic giants Mumbai were bowled out for 297 after Shivam Dubey’s fluent 110 bailed his side out of a precarious situation against Gujarat during their opening day of the Round 4 Elite A Ranji Trophy 2018-19 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

For Gujarat, left-arm pacer Arzan Nagwaswalla’s 5/78 – his maiden five-wicket haul in just his third first-class match, dented the innings.

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Opting to field, Nagwaswalla exploited the green top and struck in the second delivery of the innings to send Akhil Herwadkar for a duck. The other opener – Jay Bista – departed for eight after he was trapped leg before off Roosh Kalaria. He then saw the back of Surykumar Yadav, who added 40, to leave Mumbai in a spot of bother at 74/3. The 21-year-old pacer, who picked four wickets in his previous match against Chhattisgarh, returned to snap two wicket in the 25th over as Mumbai were half their side down at 74.

Nagwaswalla had the inform young Armaan Jaffer, new addition to the squad on the back of a triple century in the U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy, for a duck after he was caught behind by ’keeper Priyank Panchal. Aditya Tare too failed to get going and was caught by Bhargv Merai for nought.

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Mumbai’s ‘crisis man’ Siddhesh Lad and allrounder Shivam Dubey then steadied the innings with a 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket. However, Nagwaswalla returned to break the stand. Lad departed after adding 62 to the total.

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Dubey then found a reliable partner in captain Dhawal Kulkarni as the duo conjured 84 runs, crucial in the innings. Dubey, in phenomenal form, brought up his second century of the season, an innings laced with eight boundaries and six hits over the fence in his 110 off 128 which was brought to an end by Piyush Chawla after Kulkarni (23) was run out by Panchal.

Mumbai, still searching for their first win this season, added 33 runs after Dubey’s departure with Kalaria and Nagwaswalla accounting for Tushar Deshpande (0) and Dhrumil Matkar (47).

Brief scores: Mumbai 297 all out (Shivam Dubey 110; Arzan Nagwaswalla 5/78; Roosh Kalaria 3/80) versus Gujarat