EliteA-Day3

Mumbai: A hard-hitting half-century from fit-again Hardik Pandya went in vain as Mumbai grabbed a narrow 29-run first innings lead after tea against Baroda on day three of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Elite Group A game on Sunday.

Pandya, who had taken five wickets in the Mumbai innings, ran out of partners before being last out for an attacking 73 in 137 balls with 9 fours and one six after he bravely tried to guide the visitors past the hosts’ first innings tally of 465.

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Pandya, who came to the crease when Baroda were 307 for three, departed caught behind to end the visitors’ innings at 436. He had escaped earlier when he was bowled off a no-ball. In the remaining time, Mumbai were rocked by Pandya’s two-wicket burst and were tottering at 20 for 2 at close, an overall lead of 49.

The day started with Baroda on a solid 244 for 1 with Aditya Waghmode on 87 and Vishnu Solanki on 128.

Solanki fell to the first ball of the 11th over of the morning for 133 to left-arm medium pacer Roystan Dias after Waghmode, who was finally out for 114, had reached the three-figure mark.

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Dias later sent back Waghmode too to leave Baroda on 307 for three. A stand of 44 ensued between Shivalik Sharma (51) and Pandya to spark hopes for Baroda before a mini collapse saw the visitors slumping to 379 for 7.

Pandya got a determined partner in Bhargav Bhatt, who had taken four wickets with his left arm spin on Saturday, and the duo rekindled Baroda’s chances by taking the score to 432, just 33 behind Mumbai.

But Akash Parkar packed off Bhatt and Rishi Arothe in successive balls to leave Baroda at 432 for 9.

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With only last man Lukman Meriwala for company to get past the Mumbai score, Pandya added four more runs to his and team’s score before he too was dismissed by Dias, caught behind by Aditya Tare.

Dias bagged 4 for 99 while Shubham Ranjane, who played his part in the mini collapse, claimed 3 for 62 and Parkar secured 2 for 52.

Brief scores: Mumbai 465 & 20/2 lead Baroda 436 (Vishnu Solanki 133, Aditya Waghmode 114, Hardik Pandya 73; Royston Dias 4/99, Shubham Ranjane 3/62) by 49 runs