Paceman Munaf Patel ably supported by Sudeep Tyagi and Sreesanth restricted Mumbai to 200 for six wickets in their first innings as the game ended 53 minutes before schedule close of play on the second day in the Irani Cup cricket match in Nagpur on Friday.
Paceman Munaf Patel 3 for 47 ably supported by Sudeep Tyagi 2 for 56 and Sreesanth one for 39 restricted Mumbai to 200 for six wickets in their first innings as the game ended 53 minutes before schedule close of play on the second in the Irani Cup cricket match at the VCA Jamtha stadium here today.
Mumbai overnight openers Waseem Jaffer and Sahil Kukreja commencing at 38 without loss added just 13 runs before pacer Sreesanth knocked out Kukreja (16 ) with a beauty.
One drop Ajinkya Rane (44) in company of confident skipper Waseem Jaffer added 81 runs for the second wicket and looked set for a good score.
Jaffer unruffled kept the scoreboard moving playing some delectable drives on either side of the wicket to hoist his half century.
Ajinkya also executed some fine drives and appered to settle down. Munaf Patel switching ends struck soon dismissing Ajinkya who ticked one down the leg side to be caught behind as Mumbai went to lunch at 132 for two.
The early post lunch saw flurry of activities as Munaf maintaining a fine length first got rid of well settled Waseem Jaffer (68) bowled, and later induced Prashant Naik (01) to nick one behind on the forward stroke as Mumbai were struggling at 147 for 4 wickets.
Munaf at this stage had a staggering figures of 8-1-16-3. Sudeep Tyagi replacing Pragyan Ojha soon struck as Rohit Sharma (12) edged one behing to be well taken by W Saha, the keepers third victim.
Ajit Agarkar the next man (05) also fell to Tyagi slashing one to be caught at first slip by Manoj Tiwari as Mumbai reeled at 160 for six similar to Rest of India's first innings.
Romesh pawar (25) and Vinayak Samanth (19) partially resurrected the Mumbai innings with a undefeated seventh wicket stand of 40 runs as bad light stopped play with the new ball to be taken as Rest of India completed 80 overs.
With sixty runs still separating the two teams and overcast conditions prevailing and light rains falling after the match was called off first innings lead could play a vital role on the third day.
Skipper Virender Sehwagh did not take the field throughout the day as he is reported having fever and resting.
Ajinkya Rahane at the end of the days play felt that loss of quick wickets during the afternoon was Mumbai's undoing and early morning play on the third day would be vital for his teams chances as their still some batting left for his side.
Pragyan Ojha, also felt that morning session play on the third day is the key for Rest of India. Pacers bowled well to put their side in the present position and spinners could play a vital role during the later part of the match he added.
Scores in brief: Rest of India first innings 260 all out.
Mumbai first innings : 200 for six wickets off 80 overs. Waseem Jaffer 68, Ajinkya Rahane 44, Romesh Pawar 25 not out and Vinayak Samanth 19 not out. Munaf Patel 3 for 47, Sudeep Tyagi 2 for 56, Sreesanth 1 for 39. PTI