Mumbai collapse for 198 at Mohali
Rest of India 314 (Patel 60, Kartik 56, Morris 6-69) and 84 for 2 lead Mumbai 198 (Powar 55) by 200 runs
The Rest of India couldn't carry on the good work with the bat this morning, but their bowlers helped them seize the initiative on the second day of the Irani Trophy match at Mohali. Fifteen wickets fell in the day as Mumbai were shot out for just 198 in their first innings. The Rest's openers added 51 in quick time, but two late wickets meant that they had reached 84 for 2 - an overall lead of exactly 200 - when stumps were drawn.
Resuming at 293 for 6, The Rest were undone by the nippy medium-pace of Robin Morris, and collapsed to 314 all out inside 10 overs in the morning. Both Parthiv Patel and Murali Kartik, who had added a valuable 95 yesterday afternoon, fell early on, and the tail hardly offered any resistance. Morris finished with 6 for 69, the fourth time that he picked up a five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
But Mumbai's batsmen also floundered, with only two of them passing 20. Zaheer Khan had a satisfying return from injury, while Shib Shankar Paul, who had a successful tour with India A in Zimbabwe and Kenya, also chipped in with three scalps. Paul struck with two early wickets, and there were no sizeable partnerships throughout.
Only Ramesh Powar's effort helped Mumbai inch towards 200. Powar, who played in two ODIs during India's tour of Pakistan, smashed eight fours in his 86-ball 55, and cobbled together some useful runs with the lower order. Powar was the last man to fall, and the Rest of India began their second innings with a handy 116-run lead.
Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra consolidated, putting on 51, but it was Powar again who gave Mumbai a faint sniff at he end of the day. He trapped Gambhir lbw for 30 and caught and bowled Sriram in the penultimate over of the day. Chopra was still there at the close with 26, and with his team well ahead and in sight of the first trophy of the season.