Elite A Round 7

Mumbai opener Jay Bista rediscovered his form with a splendid century to lay a solid foundation with his partner Vikrant Auti before Saurashtra fought back on day one of their Elite Group Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.

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Bista struck 127 off just 150 balls studded with 21 fours as he put on 174 runs with fellow-opener Auti (57) before the visiting team’s bowlers hit back, led by left arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (3/89).

Mumbai finished the day at a solid 334/5.

From 174/0, the hosts were reduced to 232 for five before captain Siddesh Lad, with a responsible 84* in 115 balls with 12 fours and a six, and allrounder Shivam Dube (34*) arrested the slide with an unbroken partnership of 102 for the sixth wicket.

The morning belonged to Bista who raced to his half-century in just 63 balls, striking seven fours off left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya, and also helped Mumbai record their first century stand for the opening wicket during the ongoing season.

At lunch, he was on 95 after facing 110 balls and then completed his fourth first-class hundred in just 116 balls.

But once Bista was caught at extra cover off Jadeja who secured some turn and bounce off the Wankhede Stadium track, the slump followed with Mumbai losing two more wickets in 9 balls and with just 7 runs added to be 198 for three.

Jadeja added the wicket of Shreyas Iyer, who had cracked a blazing hundred in the previous game against Baroda a day after returning from New Zealand, while Auti fell to rival skipper Jaydev Unadkat.

Shubham Ranjane too departed not too much later as Mumbai lost four wickets for 37 runs in the second session before adjourning for tea at 222 for 4.

Soon after tea, Aditya Tare was dismissed by Jadeja for his third wicket at 232 before Lad, playing his now familiar anchoring role , was joined by Dube and the two repaired the damage.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 334/5 (Jay Bista 127, Siddesh Lad 84*; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 3 /89) vs Saurashtra on Day 1