Irani Cup (2)

Mumbai v Rest of India

Match drawn (Rest of India won on 1st innings)

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Ready to go now. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan to open for RoI. Javed Khan to bowl the first ball

9.20am A lot of grass on the pitch and early-morning moisture available, but Mumbai have no Agarkar or Zaheer. So Dhawal Kulkarni is the big man in this session

Pranav: "Sehwag lost a chance to prove his worth just before home tests against Aussies! Would it prove costly to his career? I think so."

Rags: "Real disappointment..Would have loved to see Ahmed bowling in the helpful Wankhede conditions..& Sehwag's presence would have ensured interest even when match appeared to be heading towards a tame draw..2 hours of him, & match state could be completely reversed"

9.10am Word just coming in: neither Sehwag nor Shami is playing. And Mumbai have chosen to field. This is a disappointing start to the Irani Cup. Sehwag is out with an upset stomach

9.05am Harbhajan Singh has come out for the toss for Rest of India. Is Sehwag not fit? Or does Sehwag not fancy captaining? This is surely not a switch to avoid over-rate ban. Sehwag did bat in the nets yesterday. Much intrigue then

At any rate, Abhishek Nayar, captaining Mumbai for the first time, has won the toss

8.55am Sehwag against Tendulkar, Rohit against Raina, Kulkarni against Shami Ahmed... this is Irani Trophy, and for once we have a semblance of evenness between the teams. Toss in five minutes

0.1

Khan to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, angling across, left alone

0.2

Khan to Dhawan, no run, short of a length again, but straighter, defended well by Dhawan

0.3

Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, worked away off the pads to get off the mark

Vishnu Udayan: "Happy Birthday Sreesanth"

Three slips and a gully for Vijay

0.4

Khan to Vijay, no run, lovely delivery. Holding its line outside off, beating Vijay's tentative bat

Vinay: "Forgot to mention its also Bhajji v/s Tendulkar for the 2 Mumbai Indians team mates specially after the recent news of Tendulkar taking over the captaincy of MI for 2013 IPL. Can Bhajji prove a point here?"

0.5

Khan to Vijay, no run, beaten outside off again. Vijay is just groping outside off, and the ball straightens to miss the edge

Harneet Bajwa: "Seems like all the non performers of Ranji trophy have been given a chance for Rest of India team this year. Harbhajan, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Mithun, Dawan... Pathetic selection... No foresight, Keep giving chances to these non performers."

0.6

Khan to Vijay, no run, Vijay is struggling here. Still playing at balls outside off, and still getting beaten. There is no intent in those shots, just tentative, hopeful pushes

End of over 1 (1 run) Rest of India 1/0
M Vijay    0* (3b)      JJ Khan    1-0-1-0
S Dhawan    1* (3b)     

vivek: "Murali Vijay can seriously consider himself lucky - he should be nowhere near a rest of India squad. Not even rest of TN squad given his current form"

Here is Dhawal Kulkarni, who delivered Mumbai the final with his nine wickets

1.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 2 runs, full, swinging in, nicely clipped away off the pads for a couple

1.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, wide length ball, Dhawan doesn't need to play at it

1.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, straighter, on off, slight shape back in, defended well by Dhawan

"Only change i would like to see is Shami Ahmed for Mithun..can we why shami is not playing in this match." Sush, he is fit. He has just been left out

1.4

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, looks like he has been beaten to a length ball outside off, but he has kept his bat firmly behind the pad and hasn't played at it

1.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 1 no ball, beaten this time for sure as Dhawan pushes at this, and fails to make contact outside off. Kulkarni has overstepped

1.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

1.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and off, defended to cover

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rest of India 4/0
S Dhawan    3* (10b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-3-0
M Vijay    0* (3b)      JJ Khan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, Vijay doesn't play at it for a change

2.2

Khan to Vijay, no run, this one moves in from short of a length and outside off, defended solidly back to him

2.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, left alone wide outside off this time

2.4

Khan to Vijay, no run, fuller, closer to off, left alone well as this wasn't too far from the stumps

2.5

Khan to Vijay, no run, dug in short, but well outside off, and can be left alone

2.6

Khan to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

End of over 3 (maiden) Rest of India 4/0
M Vijay    0* (9b)      JJ Khan    2-1-1-0
S Dhawan    3* (10b)      DS Kulkarni    1-0-3-0

3.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, full outside off, allowed to go through to the keeper

3.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 1 run, straighter, played with an open face, to the left of point, gets a single

"How come the leading run getter of the Ranji Trophy with 5 centuries is not in the Rest of India team. Ofcourse I'm talking about Jiwanjot Singh and Vijay with a sub 20 average is the team. Appalling!" Tony, I would give the selectors a benefit of doubt here. If teams had to be picked based on statistics alone, you and I could do it. Perhaps they don't see a Test opener in JJ; he struggled against length balls outside off and also the bouncers. Not by any stretch do I mean to say I see a Test opener in Vijay in current form

3.3

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, left alone outside off

3.4

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, shaping away again, and left alone well

3.5

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, Vijay is leaving well now, but Mumbai haven't been accurate either. Wide again, and allowed to go through

3.6

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, that's a ripper. Superbly bowled. Short of a length, on off, you have to play at it. The ball, though, seams away and kicks from that length to beat the edge. Tare collects it chest high

End of over 4 (1 run) Rest of India 5/0
M Vijay    0* (13b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-4-0
S Dhawan    4* (12b)      JJ Khan    2-1-1-0

"Why isn't Cheteshwar Pujara in ROI squad??" Paras, I suppose he is away for his wedding

4.1

Khan to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, swinging into the pads, fails to make contact but gets a leg-bye

4.2

Khan to Vijay, FOUR, short of a length, wide, Vijay punches at it away from the body, but makes a good connection to get the first boundary

4.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, loose shot. Short and wide, Vijay cuts at it away from the body, and is beaten by extra bounce

4.4

Khan to Vijay, FOUR, full and wide, Vijay drives, away from the body, but times it well through cover for four

4.5

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, straight, defended off the back foot

4.6

Khan to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

End of over 5 (9 runs) Rest of India 14/0
M Vijay    8* (18b 2x4)      JJ Khan    3-1-9-0
S Dhawan    4* (13b)      DS Kulkarni    2-0-4-0

5.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

"@Siddharth..Even after playing consistently in Ranji, if JJ is not considered as a future probable for Test opener, who else can be considered?" Hitesh, you are going by stats alone. I am afraid that is now how selections work. If we had to pick teams by number of runs, we wouldn't need human beings. Again, by no means am I supporting Vijay, but JJ was not very impressive. And mind you, he was playing against Unadkat and Trivedi

5.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 1 run, squared up a length ball on the stumps, gets a thick leading edge, but it falls safe between cover and point

5.3

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, defended off the back foot

5.4

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, length ball, on off, defended back to him

5.5

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, full, on off, driven back at him

5.6

Kulkarni to Vijay, 2 runs, nicely played. Short of a length, angling in, he covers the line, then pushes it between cover and point, and gets a couple

End of over 6 (3 runs) Rest of India 17/0
M Vijay    10* (22b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    3-0-7-0
S Dhawan    5* (15b)      JJ Khan    3-1-9-0

6.1

Khan to Dhawan, no run, some movement back in from just outside off, but the inside edge saves Dhawan

6.2

Khan to Dhawan, no run, full, just outside off, left alone

Kapil Dev reckons Javed Khan bowled much better in the nets

6.3

Khan to Dhawan, no run, this one is angled across, and is left alone

"@Sid, what was the logic applied when Ravi Jadeja was selected for England series?" Magesh, I suppose the logic was to prepare a raging turner, and have a third spinner who could accurately fire the ball in and let the pitch do the rest, but that pitch was a fail

6.4

Khan to Dhawan, no run, length ball, angling across, left alone

6.5

Khan to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, good carry, head high for Tare, but again he has failed to make Dhawan play

6.6

Khan to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended back to him

End of over 7 (maiden) Rest of India 17/0
S Dhawan    5* (21b)      JJ Khan    4-2-9-0
M Vijay    10* (22b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    3-0-7-0

7.1

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, negotiated easily

7.2

Kulkarni to Vijay, 1 run, fuller, on off, nicely pushed wide of cover for one

7.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, cut away, but can't beat Ankeet Chavan at point

7.4

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, full, middle and off, angling away, left alone

Round the stumps

7.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, on a length, well outside off, left alone again

7.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, left alone outside off, but the ball seams back in. Not enough to threaten the stumps, though

End of over 8 (1 run) Rest of India 18/0
S Dhawan    5* (25b)      DS Kulkarni    4-0-8-0
M Vijay    11* (24b 2x4)      JJ Khan    4-2-9-0

"@Sid, I will forgive you for not being a selector. But, If I were to go by your logic, a player who made 2 triple centuries as a batsman, was selected as a specialist spinner. Phew...it happens only in India" Magesh, the batting was of course an added incentive

8.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, wide of the crease, but still wide enough to not make Vijay bother about the angle

8.2

Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, punched away past cover for a couple

8.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, bouncer, Vijay ducks under it, but leaves the periscope. Nowhere near edging it, though

8.4

Khan to Vijay, 1 run, punched wide of cover, but Nayar puts in a superb full-length dive to save three runs

"I don't see a point in playing Mithun over Shami Ahmed." Vishnu Udayan, I agree

8.5

Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, pushed wide of point for a single

Round the stumps

8.6

Khan to Vijay, no run, short, angling away, no need to play at it

End of over 9 (4 runs) Rest of India 22/0
M Vijay    14* (29b 2x4)      JJ Khan    5-2-13-0
S Dhawan    6* (26b)      DS Kulkarni    4-0-8-0

Nayar is going off to get some dressing done after scraping his elbow when diving on a practice pitch

Bowling change. Shardul "Wide" Thakur to bowl now. I hope he doesn't bowl wide today

9.1

Thakur to Dhawan, no run, good start for Thakur. Decent pace, on a length, just outside off, left alone

9.2

Thakur to Dhawan, FOUR, full, on off, no swing, Dhawan drives down the ground, between the stumps and mid-off

9.3

Thakur to Dhawan, FOUR, full toss on off, driven nicely down the ground, with the elbow high and a pose struck for the cameras

9.4

Thakur to Dhawan, 2 runs, and now too full on the pads, and he has clipped it past square leg for two. Rohit Sharma does well with the chase, slide and return. Saves one run at least

9.5

Thakur to Dhawan, no run, full, swinging in, pushed back to Thakur

9.6

Thakur to Dhawan, 2 runs, too straight again, and nicely helped away for another couple. Thakur - as he did in the Ranji final - looking a bit out of place

End of over 10 (12 runs) Rest of India 34/0
S Dhawan    18* (32b 2x4)      SN Thakur    1-0-12-0
M Vijay    14* (29b 2x4)      JJ Khan    5-2-13-0

Kulkarni gets a change of ends

10.1

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, nicely bowled. Length, on off, then holds its line, Vijay, who is beginning to look to play it to leg, has to abort the shot and defend

10.2

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, and that wide ball won't cause any harm despite that extra bounce

10.3

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, inswinger this time, appeal for lbw, but this is headed down leg. Vijay done in by pace and the movement

Yash Rungta: "Most of the candidates selected are 'do or die' or 'last chance' candidates. If players like Vijay, Dhawan, Raina, Harbhajan, Mithun or Sreesanth fail I don't see them being selected in the future at all. Seems this BCCI's way of giving them an 'ultimatum' which if didn't go well will serve as a 'farewell'."

10.4

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, full, middle and off, flicked to mid-on

10.5

Kulkarni to Vijay, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed off the front foot past cover for a single

10.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended off the back foot

End of over 11 (1 run) Rest of India 35/0
S Dhawan    18* (33b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    5-0-9-0
M Vijay    15* (34b 2x4)      SN Thakur    1-0-12-0

Nayar is back on the field

11.1

Thakur to Vijay, FOUR, another half-volley at gentle medium pace, and he has driven it between mid-off and cover for four

11.2

Thakur to Vijay, 1 no ball, and now he oversteps, which he did often in the Ranji final too. Length ball, on off, defended without trouble

11.2

Thakur to Vijay, FOUR, half-volley on the pads, no pace, no swing, and nicely clipped away past midwicket. They are eliminating Thakur here: 21 off 8 balls already

Sandeep: "@Yash... On the flip side, if they do well, ahem"

Already a sweeper on the off side, and the third slip has come out

11.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, left alone

critihas: "@yash, scarier than the farewell is the thought that they succeed in this game, and kept in the selection mix... except perhaps in the case of Bhajji, who I would like to come good! And, for entertainment, let's have Sreesanth in there too!"

11.4

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide half-volley, but this time Vijay finds the man at cover with his drive

Shubham: "Mohammad Kaif deserves an ultimatum."

11.5

Thakur to Vijay, FOUR, short and wide this time, and he has punched this in front of the man deep on the off side. Thakur has released whatever pressure these openers might have been under

11.6

Thakur to Vijay, no run, on a length, outside off, no need to play at it

End of over 12 (13 runs) Rest of India 48/0
M Vijay    27* (41b 5x4)      SN Thakur    2-0-25-0
S Dhawan    18* (33b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    5-0-9-0

Prasun: "I feel Vijay is the most technically apt opener available. Okay, he's in an awful form of late, but that's the case with every probable opener. With the test squad having three openers, Vijay should make it."

12.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, well bowled. On a length, middle and off, seams away, but Dhawan has played inside the line here and not pushed at it. It's as good as a leave

12.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, another leave outside off

Sush: "The team is named as "Rest of India" not "Scrap of India ". only Pragyan ojha, Ishwar pandey, Saha and Manoj tiwary deserve a place in this side."

12.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, good bouncer, accurate, at the throat, but equally well left as he sways away from the line and watches it sail through to the keeper

12.4

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, this bouncer is wider, and is easier to leave alone

12.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, length ball, outside off, and left alone again

12.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, and another leave outside off to end the maiden

End of over 13 (maiden) Rest of India 48/0
S Dhawan    18* (39b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    6-1-9-0
M Vijay    27* (41b 5x4)      SN Thakur    2-0-25-0

Spin now. Viahsal Dabholkar to bowl SLA

13.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, FOUR, begins with a full toss on the pads, flicked past mid-on stylishly, and Tendulkar is a touch slow on the dive at mid-on

13.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

"Waiting to see how Ishwar Pandey bowls,if he can unsettle the mumbai top order, he also can get a chance against Australia." Om Prakash, I am very disappointed Sid Kaul hasn;t got a chance. He has clearly been in better form than Mithun, for example

13.3

Dabholkar to Dhawan, 1 run, edged, but short of slip. On a length, doesn't turn, takes the outside edge, but short and wide of Jaffer

13.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, defended off the front foot

13.5

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full, middle and off, hits the inside half of the bat

13.6

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, stays back to a length ball, defended without trouble

End of over 14 (6 runs) Rest of India 54/0
M Vijay    32* (46b 6x4)      VV Dabholkar    1-0-6-0
S Dhawan    19* (40b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    6-1-9-0

14.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, full, on off, angling away, left alone

14.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, superb delivery. Just short of a length, middle and off, makes him play, seams it away, and beats the edge

14.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 1 run, short, Dhawan pulls, gets a bottom edge for a single

Magesh: "Mumbai bowlers are threatening Viru's place by letting Vijay to get into glorious form. Poor Viru will be more upset than his stomach by now :-(. He deserves more respect ,adulation and chances is what I believe"

14.4

Kulkarni to Vijay, FOUR, stylish again. Half-volley, on off, but he has just caressed it for four with a forward-defensive. A mere push is what this is, but it has rocketed off the bat, and goes straight of mid-off

14.5

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Says Siddhartha Talya from Wankhede: "I would say there are maybe a 100 spectators at the ground. A few in the Garware Pavilion, some right next to the press box and maybe around 20 in the Vijay Merchant stand. Surely, there would have been more had word spread that Sehwag was batting. Unfortunately, he isn't."

14.6

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, short of a length and wide again, and he doesn't play at it

End of over 15 (5 runs) Rest of India 59/0
M Vijay    36* (49b 7x4)      DS Kulkarni    7-1-14-0
S Dhawan    20* (43b 2x4)      VV Dabholkar    1-0-6-0

15.1

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, flighted outside off, driven to cover

15.2

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, punched away to midwicket

15.3

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, looks to work this to leg, can't get it past short leg

15.4

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, full and wide, left alone

15.5

Dabholkar to Dhawan, 1 run, down the wicket, not to the pitch of the ball, ends up slicing this, but has just about cleared Tendulkar at mid-off

15.6

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full toss, nearly a yorker, kept out well by Vijay

End of over 16 (1 run) Rest of India 60/0
M Vijay    36* (50b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    2-0-7-0
S Dhawan    21* (48b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    7-1-14-0

Cpatain Nayar into the attack now

16.1

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, starts with a wide full ball, and is left alone

16.2

Nayar to Dhawan, FOUR, full, swinging away, but a little too full, and Dhawan drives it under his eye, and through cover for four. All along the ground

Sarfaraz Sunge: "@Magesh, why Viru, he (Vijay) should replace Gautam if selected. He is in pathetic form!"

16.3

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, another drive, but this time he finds the fielder at cover

16.4

Nayar to Dhawan, FOUR, driven again, with an open face, and this time he beats the fielder at cover to get another boundary

"Dale Steyn would have dismissed Vijay atleast 2 times by now. The gulf between Ranji and test level is so huge that averages are rendered meaningless. I doubt whether Rahane and Rohit would have an average more than 40 if they play FC cricket is Aus or SA.." Cris, I agree, but the only way to find out is to play them in the Tests where they will either expose or prove themselves. I'd rather fail with them for once than with Raina and Yuvraj

16.5

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, left alone outside off

16.6

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, defended off the front foot

Time for a drink

End of over 17 (8 runs) Rest of India 68/0
S Dhawan    29* (54b 4x4)      AM Nayar    1-0-8-0
M Vijay    36* (50b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    2-0-7-0

Amit: "Gambhir deserve to be dropped more than Viru. His mode of dismissals have been all too predictable, atleast viru provides excitement."

Meanwhile Mumbai are in a huddle, and Tendulkar is doing all the talking. Clearly they have squandered an opportunity on this seaming pitch with bowling too wide or too short

17.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, length ball, on off, extra bounce, defended off the front foot

17.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, stays back to a length ball, defended

17.3

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full and straight, appeal for lbw, but Vijay seems to have hit it. They are appealing for pad first, but you can't really tell, even on replays

17.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, defended off the front foot. Some extra bounce

17.5

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, moves forward to smother the turn on that

17.6

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full, outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 18 (maiden) Rest of India 68/0
M Vijay    36* (56b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    3-1-7-0
S Dhawan    29* (54b 4x4)      AM Nayar    1-0-8-0

Vishnu Udayan: "Chris, being out of form doesn't questions once is talent. Rahane and Rohit Sharma are two of the most talented cricketers in India. But they are being given chances in the wrong format."

18.1

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, on off, left alone to angle away into the keeper's gloves

18.2

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and off, and he trusts it won't come back in, and leaves it alone

Two slips and a gully for Nayar

18.3

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, full outside off, no need to play at it

18.4

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, wide length ball again, and Dhawan doesn't have to play at it

18.5

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, closer to off, but Dhawan is still not playing at them. It gives you the impression he is beaten, but the bat is hidden behind the pad, and he has not played at it at all

18.6

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, and another similar leave as this one angles across him

End of over 19 (maiden) Rest of India 68/0
S Dhawan    29* (60b 4x4)      AM Nayar    2-1-8-0
M Vijay    36* (56b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    3-1-7-0

19.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, Vijay looks to play a forward-defensive, is not to the pitch of it, but the ball is angling down leg so he is fine

19.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, successfully defends this one

19.3

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, dangerous leave. He strides forward, tries to cover the line, but doesn't do it entirely, and the ball misses the off stump by a few inches

19.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, driven to mid-on this time

19.5

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, another appeal for a pad-first lbw, but again the bat seems to have made the first contact

19.6

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away for a single

End of over 20 (1 run) Rest of India 69/0
M Vijay    37* (62b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    4-1-8-0
S Dhawan    29* (60b 4x4)      AM Nayar    2-1-8-0

20.1

Nayar to Vijay, no run, length ball, not too wide, left alone

20.2

Nayar to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to cover

20.3

Nayar to Vijay, FOUR, short of a length, widish, Vijay moves across, and cuts this hard into the ground, and then getting it to bounce over gully for four

Shubham: "The way Sikhar is Batting and Waiting is so cool. Getting closer to the ball but neither offering bat or pad but still covering off stump, some credit goes to not so fast fast bowlers."

20.4

Nayar to Vijay, no run, this is short and wide, and he decides he can't reach it

20.5

Nayar to Vijay, no run, full and wide, left alone again

20.6

Nayar to Vijay, no run, big inswinger, but Vijay gets an inside edge onto the pad to thwart the appeal of the excited Nayar. Not very impressive from Vijay, who plays across the line after planting the front foot in front

End of over 21 (4 runs) Rest of India 73/0
M Vijay    41* (68b 8x4)      AM Nayar    3-1-12-0
S Dhawan    29* (60b 4x4)      VV Dabholkar    4-1-8-0

21.1

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, flighted outside off, kicked away

A slip and a short leg

21.2

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, stays back to a length ball. No turn, and defended easily

21.3

Dabholkar to Dhawan, FOUR, add four more to Thakur's expensive analysis already. Driven to mid-on after dancing down the track, but Thalur dives all over it to allow four runs

21.4

Dabholkar to Dhawan, 2 runs, another misfield. It's Chavan this time at point, who allows two more. Actually he gets a bad bounce

21.5

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, down the wicket, not to the pitch of the ball, he pushes in defence, and slips while doing so, but he he has pushed it far enough to get time to get back up and get back into the crease

21.6

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, forward-defensive

End of over 22 (6 runs) Rest of India 79/0
S Dhawan    35* (66b 5x4)      VV Dabholkar    5-1-14-0
M Vijay    41* (68b 8x4)      AM Nayar    3-1-12-0

Amit: "The way Vijay is batting against nayar, is not inspiring confidence to pick him up for tests against Aussie Quicks, who will definitely be quicker than the Mumbai Bowlers. Alas, the Opening problem persists."

22.1

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide half-volley, driven to cover

22.2

Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, closer to off, Vijay pushes at it, gets a single off the inside half of the bat

22.3

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, well done by Dhawan again. This one swings across his body, but again he doesn't offer it bat, keeps it tucked behind the pad

22.4

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, short, wide, left alone

22.5

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, fullish, on off, defended in front of off

cris: "@Vishnu: I didn't mean to single out Rohit and Rahane. They are the two most talented strokemakers in India but how often have we seen Rohit uncertain outside off or playing across a straight one? Rahane's footwork was also exposed by Finn. Even if they've played only in ODIs, there seems to be an underlying problem with technique."

22.6

Nayar to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and off, steered away, but not past the diving Rahane at gully

End of over 23 (1 run) Rest of India 80/0
S Dhawan    35* (70b 5x4)      AM Nayar    4-1-13-0
M Vijay    42* (70b 8x4)      VV Dabholkar    5-1-14-0

23.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, indecision whether to come forward or stay back, and Vijay doesn't even have the stumps covered. Defended from the crease

23.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, into the pads, and he allows it to hit the armour

23.3

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full, on off, pushed to cover

23.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, stays back to defend

23.5

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, flicked away off the pads for a single

23.6

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, down the wicket, right to the pitch of the ball, drives inside-out, but can't beat Nayar at cover

End of over 24 (1 run) Rest of India 81/0
S Dhawan    35* (71b 5x4)      VV Dabholkar    6-1-15-0
M Vijay    43* (75b 8x4)      AM Nayar    4-1-13-0

That shot stung Nayar, but he will continue to bowl

24.1

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, left alone

24.2

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide outside off again, and left alone again

24.3

Nayar to Vijay, no run, closer to off, but not close enough to make him play

prozium: "@Cris..VVS laxman, Sc chandrapaul, mohammed yousuf, justin langer and many others..They are excellent in test and average in ODI's..and its not due to their strike rate only..Some batsmen need time to settle down..ODI demands a different set of skills all together from One dayers"

24.4

Nayar to Vijay, FOUR, pushes at one outside off, gets a thick edge between the slips and gully for four

24.5

Nayar to Vijay, FOUR, wide half-volley, driven powerfully, and it skids and speeds off the practice pitches to beat the diving Dabholkar at cover. Stylish shot to bring up his fifty

24.6

Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of Tendulkar at short midwicket for a single

End of over 25 (9 runs) Rest of India 90/0
M Vijay    52* (81b 10x4)      AM Nayar    5-1-22-0
S Dhawan    35* (71b 5x4)      VV Dabholkar    6-1-15-0

prozium: "I would say its a golden oppurtunity for India's version of Samir Nasri and kaka( eternal and talented bench warmers) to grab number 6th spot in tests..He is the most unfortunate man till now but perhaps a good knock here can change his fortunes for good"

25.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, full, middle and leg, defended well

25.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, stays back, pushes a length ball to deepish mid-off for a single

25.3

Dabholkar to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, helped around the corner for a single

25.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, tossed up on off, and he exposes the deepness of that mid-off again by pushing this straight to him and taking the single

25.5

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, full, middle and leg, defended to short midwicket

25.6

Dabholkar to Dhawan, no run, driven to mid-off

End of over 26 (3 runs) Rest of India 93/0
S Dhawan    36* (74b 5x4)      VV Dabholkar    7-1-18-0
M Vijay    54* (84b 10x4)      AM Nayar    5-1-22-0

"Enough criticism of M Vijay already! Lets give credit to him for making a half century on a testing track! Surely anybody can look good if they bat at places like Rajkot!" Or Chennai, Anand

Javed Khan comes back

26.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, starts with a bouncer outside off, no need to play at it

26.2

Khan to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, tucked away off the hip for a single

26.3

Khan to Dhawan, no run, length ball, not too wide, but left alone well

26.4

Khan to Dhawan, no run, and another leave outside off

26.5

Khan to Dhawan, no run, and yet another leave outside off, although this was much closer to the stumps

26.6

Khan to Dhawan, no run, and Dhawan is not being made to play at all. That has been the problem with Mumbai's bowling all through

End of over 27 (1 run) Rest of India 94/0
S Dhawan    36* (78b 5x4)      JJ Khan    6-2-14-0
M Vijay    55* (86b 10x4)      VV Dabholkar    7-1-18-0

27.1

Dabholkar to Vijay, 2 runs, tries the big sweep, the ball bounces, and takes the top edge, but there is no short fine leg in place

27.2

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, forward-defensive now

27.3

Dabholkar to Vijay, no run, tries to defend outside off, is hit on the inside half of the bat

27.4

Dabholkar to Vijay, 1 run, goes back to work this away into the leg side

27.5

Dabholkar to Dhawan, FOUR, nice shot. Down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but close enough to feel confident about lofting it over mid-on

27.6

Dabholkar to Dhawan, FOUR, followed by an ordinary shot as he looks to cut and top-edges a quicker ball over slip

End of over 28 (11 runs) Rest of India 105/0
S Dhawan    44* (80b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    8-1-29-0
M Vijay    58* (90b 10x4)      JJ Khan    6-2-14-0

28.1

Khan to Vijay, 1 wide, bouncer, too high, too far from off, no need to bother about this

28.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, wide, left alone

hemakumar: "I am surprised to see criticism of M. Vijay. Whenever, he was given opportunity to play in Test, he had done exceedingly well ,except, in West Indies, where everybody failed. Barring WI tour, see his Test record. He has done better than the many of the so called greats of Test cricket, even though , playing always under pressure and knowing fully well he has to make way fo r Gambhir/Sehwag , when they come back."

28.2

Khan to Vijay, no run, full, on off, driven to cover

28.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, wide of the crease, short of a length, angling in, punched to mid-off

28.4

Khan to Vijay, no run, full, just outside off, driven to cover

28.5

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, on off, flicked to mid-on

28.6

Khan to Vijay, 2 runs, wide length ball, driven to the right of deep point for a couple

End of over 29 (3 runs) Rest of India 108/0
M Vijay    60* (96b 10x4)      JJ Khan    7-2-17-0
S Dhawan    44* (80b 7x4)      VV Dabholkar    8-1-29-0

Kulkarni comes back. Their most impressive bowler. Rather, the only impressive bowler

29.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, clipped away to the right of long leg

29.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, defended to square leg

29.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to mid-off

29.4

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, length ball, just outside off, left alone

29.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, FOUR, short, not much pace, on off, and pulled away over midwicket for four. That's fifty for him too. Solid start

29.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, defended to mid-off

End of over 30 (6 runs) Rest of India 114/0
S Dhawan    50* (86b 8x4)      DS Kulkarni    8-1-20-0
M Vijay    60* (96b 10x4)      JJ Khan    7-2-17-0

30.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

30.2

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, not too wide, but left alone

Gaurav: "In response to hema kumar - Murali Vijay's last 9 test innings are the following 37,19,9,8,0,11, 3,5,45.. no way these score justify a test spot"

30.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, ducks under it

30.4

Khan to Vijay, no run, fuller, angling in, defended from the back foot

30.5

Khan to Vijay, no run, punched away to cover

30.6

Khan to Vijay, no run, wide of the crease, angling in, defended comfortably in front of off

End of over 31 (maiden) Rest of India 114/0
M Vijay    60* (102b 10x4)      JJ Khan    8-3-17-0
S Dhawan    50* (86b 8x4)      DS Kulkarni    8-1-20-0

31.1

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

31.2

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, and Dhawan doesn't have to play at this either as it angles across him

31.3

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot

Subramani: "@Gaurav: Can you post SRT's or GG's last 9 test innings score pls pls, Lets compare and see who deserves a test spot"

31.4

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, and another leave outside off. This has been a mix of good judgement from Dhawan and some poor bowling

31.5

Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, bouncer, way too high to make him play

31.6

Kulkarni to Dhawan, FOUR, short, wide, cut away despite extra bounce, in front of point, gets four more

End of over 32 (4 runs) Rest of India 118/0
S Dhawan    54* (92b 9x4)      DS Kulkarni    9-1-24-0
M Vijay    60* (102b 10x4)      JJ Khan    8-3-17-0

32.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, seaming in a little from a length just outside off, defended off the front foot

32.2

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, looks to work it with the angle, gets a soft leading edge

suresh: "Ponting going to make 79th first class century today..will sachin make 81st first class century by tomorrow?"

32.3

Khan to Vijay, 1 no ball, short of a length, angling in, defended. Called no-ball for a foot fault

32.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, driven on the up, almost bursts through Thakur's hands at mid-off

Round the wicket

32.4

Khan to Vijay, no run, angling across him, left alone

32.5

Khan to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked wide of mid-on for a single

32.6

Khan to Dhawan, no run, angling across the left-hand batsman as he goes back over the stumps, and is left alone

End of over 33 (2 runs) Rest of India 120/0
S Dhawan    54* (93b 9x4)      JJ Khan    9-3-19-0
M Vijay    61* (108b 10x4)      DS Kulkarni    9-1-24-0

Some spin before lunch. Chavan to bowl

33.1

Chavan to Vijay, no run, full, on off, defended back to him

33.2

Chavan to Vijay, no run

33.3

Chavan to Vijay, no run, full, on off, driven back to Chavan

33.4

Chavan to Vijay, no run, defended off the front foot

33.5

Chavan to Vijay, no run, goes back to defend a length ball outside off. No turn

33.6

Chavan to Vijay, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed to deepish cover for a single

End of over 34 (1 run) Rest of India 121/0
M Vijay    62* (114b 10x4)      AA Chavan    1-0-1-0
S Dhawan    54* (93b 9x4)      JJ Khan    9-3-19-0

34.1

Khan to Vijay, no run, bouncer, too high, no need to play at it

Sandy: "Instead of Mithun, either Sidharth Kaul or Pankaj Singh should have been included in this match, Mithun have nothing great to justify his place here"

34.2

Khan to Vijay, FOUR, short of a length, on off, stylishly played again. Looks like a push, but he has hit it well enough through cover, and placed it well enough to beat the sweeper on the off side

34.3

Khan to Vijay, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed to cover

34.4

Khan to Vijay, 1 run, wide of the crease, short of a length, punched to deepish cover for one

34.5

Khan to Dhawan, no run, wide length ball, left alone

34.6

Khan to Dhawan, FOUR, short ball, gentle pace, middle and leg, Dhawan gets an appetiser just before lunch, and digs into it, pulling it disdainfully to midwicket for four

12.01pm That's lunch. Solid start for Rest of India. Poor bowling by Mumbai, who inserted them, but didn't make them play enough balls in the session. Just didn't test them enough. To his credit, Dhawan was tight, and Vijay was aggressive, which worked well. We will be back by 12.35pm

End of over 35 (9 runs) Rest of India 130/0
S Dhawan    58* (95b 10x4)      JJ Khan    10-3-28-0
M Vijay    67* (118b 11x4)      AA Chavan    1-0-1-0

12.35am Back. Batting in this session should be easier than in the first. Looks like trouble for Mumbai. Vijay to face Chavan. A slip and a silly point in

35.1

Chavan to Vijay, no run, full, outside off, driven to cover

35.2

Chavan to Vijay, FOUR, superb drive. That's a good dessert. Half-volley, no dip, no chance of turn, driven between the stumps and mid-off

35.3

Chavan to Vijay, no run, flighted outside off, left alone

Silly point moves out

35.4

Chavan to Vijay, FOUR, flat, short, wide, he rocks back and back-cuts it wide of slip for four. That first session gone, Vijay will make them suffer for every mistake

35.5

Chavan to Vijay, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

35.6

Chavan to Vijay, 1 run, full, middle and off, think inside edge goes to deep square leg

End of over 36 (9 runs) Rest of India 139/0
M Vijay    76* (124b 13x4)      AA Chavan    2-0-10-0
S Dhawan    58* (95b 10x4)      JJ Khan    10-3-28-0

Thakur is back

36.1

Thakur to Vijay, no run, length ball, on off, defended

36.2

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, shaping away, left alone

36.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, left alone

36.4

Thakur to Vijay, no run, looks to drive, gets too far across with the front-foot movement, is hit on the inside half of the bat

36.5

Thakur to Vijay, no run, closer to off, well bowled, but Vijay moves forward to cover for any late movement, and leaves it be. Much better over from Thakur after that horror start

36.6

Thakur to Vijay, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, left alone

End of over 37 (maiden) Rest of India 139/0
M Vijay    76* (130b 13x4)      SN Thakur    3-1-25-0
S Dhawan    58* (95b 10x4)      AA Chavan    2-0-10-0

37.1

Chavan to Dhawan, no run, full, middle and off, driven back to Chavan

37.2

Chavan to Dhawan, no run, full, on off, looks to work to leg, finds short midwicket

37.3

Chavan to Dhawan, no run, down the wicket, flicked uppishly, Rahane makes a superb diving save at short midwicket. Then he throws the ball back, making Dhawan hurry back into the crease

37.4

Chavan to Dhawan, FOUR, Rahane can't down anything with this. Dhawan is down the wicket again, but chips this over Rahane at short midwicket, and it has bisected long-on and deep midwicket

37.5

Chavan to Dhawan, 1 run, flatter, Dhawan is expecting it, and guides it for a single to deep point

37.6

Chavan to Vijay, no run, full, middle and leg, defended to short straight midwicket

End of over 38 (5 runs) Rest of India 144/0
M Vijay    76* (131b 13x4)      AA Chavan    3-0-15-0
S Dhawan    63* (100b 11x4)      SN Thakur    3-1-25-0

38.1

Thakur to Dhawan, OUT, bowled'im. Thakur gets the wicket through a wide full ball. Dhawan loses concentration when he could have gone on and scored big runs to present a case for himself. Drives at this without getting close to it, gets the inside edge onto the stumps. Thakur, the last person you would have expected to, provides the breakthrough for Mumbai

S Dhawan b Thakur 63 (162m 101b 11x4 0x6) SR: 62.37

Manoj Tiwary comes in to bat at No. 3. He is not a No. 3 batsman for Bengal

38.2

Thakur to Tiwary, 1 leg bye, gets a gentle delivery down leg side, misses, but gets a leg-bye

38.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

38.4

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, left alone again

38.5

Thakur to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away for a single

38.6

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, outside off, no movement, left alone

End of over 39 (2 runs) Rest of India 146/1
MK Tiwary    0* (2b)      SN Thakur    4-1-26-1
M Vijay    77* (134b 13x4)      AA Chavan    3-0-15-0

Nayar replaces Chavan. One slip and a gully. Generally a defensive field

39.1

Nayar to Vijay, no run, full, outside off, pushed to short cover

39.2

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide half-volley, driven straight to extra cover

39.3

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide again, this time he doesn't play at it

39.4

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide again, and left alone again. This seems to be the plan for Vijay now

39.5

Nayar to Vijay, no run, another leave well outside off

39.6

Nayar to Vijay, no run, and the overs ends with another leave outside off

End of over 40 (maiden) Rest of India 146/1
M Vijay    77* (140b 13x4)      AM Nayar    6-2-22-0
MK Tiwary    0* (2b)      SN Thakur    4-1-26-1

40.1

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, length ball, well outside off, left alone

40.2

Thakur to Tiwary, 1 run, closer to the stumps, bowls straight too, there is an lbw appeal, but the umpire rules Tiwary has got an inside edge. Replays suggest you can't be that sure. It could have been pad first too. Tiwary seems to have got away with one

40.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, left alone outside off

40.4

Thakur to Vijay, 1 run, wide length ball, driven on the up, gets a single to sweeper-cover

40.5

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, slight shape away but starts outside off, and is left alone

40.6

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, bowled from closer to the stumps, but wide outside off, and has been left alone

End of over 41 (2 runs) Rest of India 148/1
MK Tiwary    1* (6b)      SN Thakur    5-1-28-1
M Vijay    78* (142b 13x4)      AM Nayar    6-2-22-0

41.1

Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, wide, well wide, but Vijay reaches for it and gets a single to deep point

41.2

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full and wide, shaping away, left alone

41.3

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full toss on the pads, but Tiwary finds square leg

41.4

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, huge appeal for catch at the wicket and lbw. Length ball, just outside off, seams back in, Tiwary is forward, is hit on the pad just outside the line of off, and while the keeper takes the catch there is no inside edge

41.5

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full and wide, draws a loose push to gully

41.6

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full, just outside off, pushed to cover-point

End of over 42 (1 run) Rest of India 149/1
MK Tiwary    1* (11b)      AM Nayar    7-2-23-0
M Vijay    79* (143b 13x4)      SN Thakur    5-1-28-1

42.1

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, left alone

42.2

Thakur to Vijay, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

42.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, wide length ball, no need to play at it

42.4

Thakur to Vijay, 1 no ball, oh he has got a wicket off a no-ball. Mumbai will be gutted. That's heartbreaking. He has drawn him wide, got him to drive, got the edge with the away movement, but this is a huge no-ball

42.4

Thakur to Vijay, no run, Vijay back to leaving balls alone

42.5

Thakur to Vijay, no run, short of a length, closer to off, left alone just outside off

42.6

Thakur to Vijay, 1 run, inside edge this time, but Vijay survives again. Drives at one just outside off, but the think edge goes to square leg for one

End of over 43 (2 runs) Rest of India 151/1
M Vijay    80* (150b 13x4)      SN Thakur    6-1-30-1
MK Tiwary    1* (11b)      AM Nayar    7-2-23-0

43.1

Nayar to Vijay, no run, swinging down the leg side, Tare makes a one-handed save

It has begun to reverse

43.2

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide and full, left alone

43.3

Nayar to Vijay, no run, wide again, and left alone

43.4

Nayar to Vijay, 1 run, and in between he bowls an accurate inswinger, but Vijay manages an inside edge

Anshul Ranta: "Some people are born lucky. M Vijay is certainly one. Dhawan not so. thakur Master of no balls. Dhawan would be wondering why mine was genuine."

43.5

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full, not too wide, but wide enough to be left alone

43.6

Nayar to Tiwary, 1 run, full and wide, driven wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 44 (2 runs) Rest of India 153/1
MK Tiwary    2* (13b)      AM Nayar    8-2-25-0
M Vijay    81* (154b 13x4)      SN Thakur    6-1-30-1

44.1

Thakur to Tiwary, 2 runs, shaping away from just outside off, goes for a couple off the outside half of the bat

44.2

Thakur to Tiwary, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, pushed into the leg side for one

44.3

Thakur to Vijay, no run, on a length, shaping in towards off, defended to cover

44.4

Thakur to Vijay, no run, slightly shorter, slightly wider, left alone

44.5

Thakur to Vijay, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

44.6

Thakur to Vijay, no run, punched away to extra cover

End of over 45 (3 runs) Rest of India 156/1
M Vijay    81* (158b 13x4)      SN Thakur    7-1-33-1
MK Tiwary    5* (15b)      AM Nayar    8-2-25-0

45.1

Nayar to Tiwary, FOUR, loose shot. Pushing away from the body, well wide and in front of his body. He gets four with this through the gap at cover, but Mumbai won't mind such shots

Nayar has had success against Tiwary previously in Ranji Trophy

45.2

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, huge shout for lbw. Tiwary plays around his front pad, the ball swings back from outside off, hits him just under the knee roll in front of off and middle. Tiwary has survived two lbws so far

45.3

Nayar to Tiwary, FOUR, another loose shot, pushing wide and well in front of his body. Lucky that he has pushed this in the gap

45.4

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, another lbw shout, but this time he survives because he has pushed the front pad outside off to this inswinger

45.5

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, full and wide, left alone this time

45.6

Nayar to Tiwary, no run, this is wide again, and left alone

Tiwary lucky to still be there. Has survived very good lbw shouts on 0 and 9. Looking ungainly too

End of over 46 (8 runs) Rest of India 164/1
MK Tiwary    13* (21b 2x4)      AM Nayar    9-2-33-0
M Vijay    81* (158b 13x4)      SN Thakur    7-1-33-1

46.1

Thakur to Vijay, no run, length ball, widish, left alone

46.2

Thakur to Vijay, no run, short, not too wide, gets a bottom edge on the cut

46.3

Thakur to Vijay, 1 no ball, bouncer, on off, ducks under it. Thakur's third no-ball. One of them got an edge that was caught

46.3

Thakur to Vijay, FOUR, wide half-volley, he stands tall and drives, to the left of extra cover and right of sweeper-cover

46.4

Thakur to Vijay, 1 run, closer to off, he moves forward to push this to sweeper-cover for one

46.5

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, wide, easy to leave alone

46.6

Thakur to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot

End of over 47 (6 runs) Rest of India 170/1
MK Tiwary    13* (23b 2x4)      SN Thakur    8-1-39-1
M Vijay    86* (163b 14x4)      AM Nayar    9-2-33-0

Kulkarni is back

47.1

Kulkarni to Vijay, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushed to sweeper-cover for a single

47.2

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to midwicket

47.3

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, fuller, on off, defended

47.4

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, full, Tiwary stuck on the crease, and reaches forward to defend

47.5

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

47.6

Kulkarni to Tiwary, no run, another leave outside off as Kulkarni is shortish and widish

End of over 48 (1 run) Rest of India 171/1
MK Tiwary    13* (28b 2x4)      DS Kulkarni    10-1-25-0
M Vijay    87* (164b 14x4)      SN Thakur    8-1-39-1

Javed Khan comes back. End of a good comeback spell from Thakur

48.1

Khan to Vijay, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away for a single

48.2

Khan to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended

48.3

Khan to Tiwary, no run, fuller, closer to off, left alone

48.4

Khan to Tiwary, no run, short of a length, outside off, nicely punched away to mid-off

48.5

Khan to Tiwary, no run, superb delivery. It seems like an inswinger, pitches just outside off, on a length, and then leaves him to beat the edge

48.6

Khan to Tiwary, no run, a repeat. Tiwary all at sea. Really struggling against bowling that is not extraordinary. Pushes forward in hope, and is beaten by one that holds its line

End of over 49 (1 run) Rest of India 172/1
MK Tiwary    13* (33b 2x4)      JJ Khan    11-3-29-0
M Vijay    88* (165b 14x4)      DS Kulkarni    10-1-25-0

49.1

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

49.2

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, fuller, on off, defended from the crease

49.3

Kulkarni to Vijay, SIX, upper-cut for six. Short and wide, Vijay didn't bother about keeping it down, and gave it a whammy. Over the slips it goes, and all the way

49.4

Kulkarni to Vijay, 2 runs, punched in front of sweeper-cover for a couple

49.5

Kulkarni to Vijay, FOUR, length ball, into the pads, pushed wide of mid-on for a superb boundary to bring up his hundred. Removes his helmet, raises the bat to all. His highest score in Ranji was 42. Now he has put up this hundred in a match that all selectors are watching

49.6

Kulkarni to Vijay, no run, cuts at one not too wide, and is beaten by the extra bounce

End of over 50 (12 runs) Rest of India 184/1
M Vijay    100* (171b 15x4 1x6)      DS Kulkarni    11-1-37-0
MK Tiwary    13* (33b 2x4)      JJ Khan    11-3-29-0
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Mumbai v Rest of Ind at Mumbai - Feb 6-10, 2013
Match drawn (Rest of Ind won on 1st innings)
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