Shreyas Iyer smashed 55 off 49 balls © PTI
Shreyas Iyer smashed 55 off 49 balls © PTI

Mumbai have ended the first day of their match against Rest of India of Irani Trophy 2015-16 with a mammoth 386 for the loss of three wickets. Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare won the toss and opted to bat first. Mumbai got off to a decent start (which they later converted into an amazing one) as they scored 14 runs in the first five overs. Rest of India started the proceedings with Jaydev Undakat and Krishna Das but they did not pose any threat to the openers. Both the Mumbai openers— Akhil Herwadkar and Jay Gokul Bista started to score more freely once they got their eye in. Herwadkar tailored his batting very shrewdly, seeing off the new ball and then playing more shots later. When he got in his grove, it appeared that he was outscoring Bista, who was scoring at a brisk pace from the very start of the innings. Bista catched up soon, and by lunch, Mumbai were 159 for no loss in just 31 overs scoring at an impressive run rate of 5.13. BLOG: Mumbai vs Rest of India, Irani Trophy 2015-16, Day 1 at Brabourne Stadium

Rest of India tried five bowlers but none of them could break the opening partnership. Besides Unadkat and Das; Ojha gave the ball to Stuart Binny, Ankit Rajpoot and Jayant Yadav. Rest of India did not bowl poorly but it were Mumbai openers who played some excellent brand of attacking cricket. Mumbai batsmen continued to bat in the same fashion after lunch as well. Bista got to his century in 82 odd balls. Mumbai were cruising ahead and were looking set to add another hundred runs in the coming 20 overs. They were batting at a run rate of close to five. However, Krishna Das came in with a beauty soon after. The ball swung in sharply as Bista attempted to play across. He missed it completely and the ball went on to hit his pads. He was declared leg-before-wicket. Mumbai lost their first wicket when there were 193 runs on board. The exceptionally gifted Shreyas Iyer then came in the middle.  RELATED: Irani Trophy 2015-16: Mumbai vs Rest of India at Mumbai: Preview

Shreyas made his intentions clear by hitting a four off the very first ball he faced. Herwadkar then edged the ball off Ankit Rajpoot at slips for 90. Shreyas continued to hit big shots. When he reached 37, he had already hit seven boundaries and was batting with a strike rate of 123.33. Shreyas got to his half century with a four off Krishna Das’s bowling over mid off. His fifty came in just 38 odd balls. He slowed down after getting to his half century and did not look very comfortable facing Stuart Binny. However, he got out off a lose ball. Binny bowled a short ball outside the off stamp and Shreyas cut it hard but was caught at point by Srikar Bharat. At tea, Mumbai were 274 (in 55 overs) for the loss of three wickets.

After tea, Mumbai started slowly but got to 300 in 63 overs. Suryakumar Yadav then upped the tempo. When he was batting on 60, he had faced only 89 balls having hit 10 boundaries and a six. He accelerated more and was soon batting on 88 off 125 balls hitting five more shots to the fence. The umpire declared end of first day’s play soon after with Suryakumar remaining unbeaten on 88.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai 386 for 3 in 83 overs (Jay Gokul Bista 104, Akhil Herwadkar 90, Suryakumar Yadav 88*, Shreyas Iyer 55; Stuart Binny 1 for 45) vs Rest of India