Sarfaraz Khan (132 n.o., 160b, 14×4, 6×6) and Siddhesh Lad’s (98, 174b, 10×4, 1×6) 210-run partnership for the fifth wicket ensured the final day of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy Group B sport in opposition to Uttar Pradesh might be something however a drag on the Wankhede Stadium.
Due to the duo’s exploits, the host saved itself within the hunt for an inconceivable job of overhauling Uttar Pradesh’s first innings whole of 625. Nevertheless, UP’s defensive techniques paid off, 20-odd minutes earlier than stumps, as Lad chased a large one by part-time left-arm spinner Mohammad Saif to assist the vacationer’s regain the benefit.
At 353 for 5, Sarfaraz and captain Aditya Tare will know that with the brand new ball simply 4 overs previous, they’ve an uphill job to get Mumbai again within the sport.
The day, nonetheless, belonged to Sarfaraz and Lad, each of whom had a degree to show. Whereas Sarfaraz was taking part in in opposition to UP for the primary time since returning to Mumbai after a two-year stint with UP, Lad was coming into the sport with simply 30 runs from 5 innings this season.
However with a flat deck to their help, and rookies Bhupen Lalwani (43, 80b, 5×4) and Hardik Tamore (51, 94b, 10×4) having negotiated early moisture, the stage was set for the duo to show the tide.
Sarfaraz appeared fluent ever since changing Lalwani earlier than lunch, after the opener fell to an incoming supply by pacer Wajid ali, whereas Lad was rusty initially after Ankit Rajpoot’s skidder had breached Tamore’s defence.
Whereas Lad performed pleasant cuts and drives, Sarfaraz drove with panache, even using his trademark higher lower with aplomb. The standout characteristic of his innings was his temperament and the power to interrupt the shackles by taking the aerial route. When UP employed defensive techniques within the final session, Sarfaraz twice hit two sixes off consecutive balls, off Wajid and left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar.
However greater than the lofted drive off Wajid that sailed over the bowler’s head into the sightscreen, the decide of Sarfaraz’s knock was the on-the-rise six off Rajpoot over mid-off that landed within the stands.
Uttar Pradesh — 1st innings: 625/Eight decl.
Mumbai —1st innings: Jay Bista c Shaukat b Rajpoot 3, Bhupen Lalwani lbw b Wajid 43, Shashank Attarde c Saif b Rajpoot 9, Hardik Tamore b Rajpoot 51, Siddhesh Lad c Upendra b Saif 98, Sarfaraz Khan (batting) 132, Aditya Tare (batting) 9; Extras (b-4, lb-1, nb-1, w-2) 8; Complete (for 5 wkts. in 90 overs): 353.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-16, 3-91, 4-128, 5-338.
Uttar Pradesh bowling: Rajpoot 21-4-63-3, Dayal 26-3-84-0, Wajid 12-0-80-1, Saurabh 22-3-92-0, Akshdeep 4-0-16-0, Saif 5-1-13-1.