Maharashtra take control; Tare’s 154 helps Mumbai

SPORTS REPORTER
Monday, 13 January 2020

For mumbai, skipper Aditya Tare struck 154 to lead a fine lower-order rally and put them in command by posting 488 in first innings against Tamil Nadu.

PUNE: Azim Kazi and Vishant More continued from where they left off on day one, guiding Maharashtra to 434 in their Ranji trophy Elite Group C match against Jharkhand, being played in Nagothane, on Sunday.

Kazi scored 140 while More slammed 120 and were helped by lower-order contributions as well, before Mukesh Choudhary picked two wickets in the solitary over the hosts bowled before stumps, to leave Jharkhand reeling at 2/2.

For mumbai, skipper Aditya Tare struck 154 to lead a fine lower-order rally and put them in command by posting 488 in first innings against Tamil Nadu.

Tare, who resumed the day on 69, was involved in a 123-run stand with Shashank Attarde (58).

In reply, Tamil Nadu were 66 for no loss with opener Abhinav Mukund batting on 52.

Tamil Nadu bowlers toiled before wrapping up the Mumbai innings with ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/121) and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (4/125) sending down 47 and 46 overs respectively.

The Mumbai lower-order continued to make things difficult for the bowlers with Tushar Deshpande (39) smashing Ashwin while No.11 Royston Dias too joined the fun, hoisting B Aparajith for a big one over long-on.

India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara slammed 248, his 13th first-class double century to help Saurashtra post a massive 581 for 7 declared on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match against Karnataka.

Pujara is already the Indian player with most first class double centuries when he scored his 12th double ton in 2017 to go past Vijay Merchant.

Pujara also completed 6000 runs in Ranji Trophy during the course of his marathon knock.

He and senior batsman Sheldon Jackson (161) rescued Saurashtra with a massive 394-run stand for the third wicket after they lost their two openers for only 33 runs. Pujara resumed the second day on 162 and raised his double ton on Sunday before being eventually dismissed for 248 off 390 deliveries.

In reply, Karnataka were 13 for 1 in eight overs.

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