Haryana v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy, Group A, 1st day October 27, 2013

Mumbai ahead, but Tendulkar fails

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai 100 for 4 (Rahane 44*) trail Haryana 134 (Mohit 49, Nayar 4-38) by 34 runs

Haryana had begun their previous season with totals of 55 and 66, and cricket fans around the country were wishing for something similar after Mumbai chose to field in Lahli. The Sachin Tendulkar retirement juggernaut had turned what would have been another anonymous first-class match, into the most anticipated Ranji game in decades.

The massive Sunday crowd were thrilled as the home side were shot out for 134, but were disappointed when Tendulkar lasted just seven deliveries, with most of the fans heading home once he was dismissed, a scene not too dissimilar from that of the 1990s when India's fate hinged on his wicket.

They didn't stick around to see two of Mumbai's most dependable batsmen, Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane, ensure the team didn't lose the initiative provided by the bowlers on a greenish Lahli track. It wasn't the easiest of surfaces to bat on, and Mohit Sharma in particular posed plenty of problems.

The 56-run stand between Rahane and Nayar stabilised Mumbai after the quick losses of Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer, and the amount of runs didn't highlight the importance of the partnership in what is shaping as a low-scoring encounter.

Nayar was dismissed shortly before close for 24, ending a day in which he had once again contributed with bat and ball. In the morning, he nipped out four lower middle-order wickets with his steady medium-pace as Haryana tumbled towards yet another sub-100 total. Before Nayar, the quicker bowlers had shared the spoils to run through Haryana's fragile top order.

In any other match, the return of Ajay Jadeja from an almost seven-year first-class hibernation would have dominated headlines. Here, it was a sidelight to the Tendulkar show. Jadeja didn't fare too much better than Tendulkar, falling for just 14.

From 71 for 8, it took some swinging from Mohit to help Haryana past 100, and he fell short of a deserved maiden half-century by one run when he was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar. He was outstanding with the ball as well, but couldn't prevent Mumbai from ending the day in a strong position.

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  • santhosh on October 28, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    So the well deserved Zaheer is playing in Domestic and the utter nonsense bowler Ishant is playing for Indian team...what a joke...what else Zaheer needs to prove?

  • Android on October 28, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    zaheer looks sharp since his return selectors plz take note !

  • Rohit on October 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Excellent article. Very mature comments.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    go sachin go dont listen to any one

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    5 wickets for him in the first innings. Not an ordinary first innings or match. Remember, this is the 'farewell from Ranji to Tendulkar' match. This Jogi dude does know a thing or two about when to perform!!!!!

    By The Way - Going by the promotion of this match by the visual media, has the Government made it a legal offense not to watch this match? Just asking.

  • ESPN on October 28, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    yes ur right joginder is most better,clasicc and super player then moith in odi and t20 formate

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    The build-up to the 2 tests is getting comical, especially as the touring party happens to be an infamously erratic outfit. Ponting at least was facing the best professional side; it's another matter he turned out to be a fiasco. But then the build-up was hardly sensational (perhaps typical of his country) even though he was not behind anybody in terms of international, or for that matter national either, appeal or significance. One worry is that the curators and the umpires could be under too much pressure. Worse, DRS is missing. Stuff like IPL awaiting a genuine enthusiast; more show, less sport?

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    The other Sharma ( Ishant) should now make way for this new Sharma ( Mohit).

  • James on October 28, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    The way it it appears- Joginder Sharma is better than Mohit Sharma! In fact I always thought of Joginder Sharma as a good option in T20s and in the 50 overs stuff for India and is especially difficult to hit in the slog overs. He had lost out earlier due to his accident (and also because Praveen Kumar had in a way taken over from him). But now he appears to be fully recovered, and should be considered for the Indian team.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    The renowned off spinner Harbhajan Singh took 6/54. The media should also take a note of it and laud the performance to motivate the turbunator.

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