Haryana v Mumbai, Ranji Trophy, Group A, 2nd day October 28, 2013

Late strikes set up sumptuous third day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Haryana 134 and 224 for 9 (Sunny 63, Dabholkar 4-54, Zaheer 4-59) lead Mumbai 136 (Rahane 51, Joginder 5-16) by 222 runs

Though the crowds in Lahli have not got to see a Sachin Tendulkar special yet, they have already witnessed two days of cracking cricket as control of the game swung wildly from one side to the other. Despite a series of shifts in momentum, the teams were fairly evenly placed after two days, setting the scene for a challenging Mumbai chase - including, fans will hope, a famous Tendulkar effort - on Tuesday.

Mumbai had clearly had the better of the first day, finishing only 34 behind Haryana and still had six wickets remaining, but their batting was clueless against the snaking deliveries from medium-pacer Joginder Sharma, who picked up his first five-for in nearly three years.

Joginder's gentle medium-pacers wouldn't be something most batsmen would worry about, but in the first hour on a green track, he was deadly, finishing with 5 for 16 in 11 overs. Ajinkya Rahane and Aditya Tare, two heavy run-scorers, were dismissed off successive deliveries in the fifth over of the day, and suddenly Mumbai were no longer the team on top. It took some hitting from the nightwatchman Dhawal Kulkarni for Mumbai to huff and puff to a two-run lead as Joginder had a series of batsmen nicking behind to the keeper or the slips.

Haryana opener Nitin Saini's 25th birthday didn't quite go to plan as he was caught behind off a rearing Zaheer Khan delivery for 9. There were no more early wickets for Mumbai, though, as Sunny Singh unleashed a series of crisp boundaries to make a 78-ball 63. Opener Rahul Dewan was less adventurous but stuck around, working his way to 44.

Even after those two were dismissed, there was no collapse as Haryana quietly stretched their advantage to reach 186 for 4. Offspinner Jayant Yadav, who didn't get to bowl, was promoted to No. 5 and he was instrumental in them reaching that position, but the innings soon unravelled.

Zaheer was getting the old ball to reverse, moving it both ways, and left-arm spinner Vishal Dabholkar also posed plenty of problems. Ajay Jadeja, who came in at No .7, poked and prodded for 20 deliveries before edging a catch to second slip to get a duck. Wickets tumbled almost every over and Haryana were soon 206 for 9, and in danger of being bowled out before stumps. Harshal Patel hit consecutive sixes off Dabholkar and took the innings to the third day.

The lead is now 222, not out of Mumbai's reach but not a straightforward one either. Their mighty batting line-up has a task on its hands.

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  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is special one in the cricket world.

  • Android on October 29, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    having been a die hard fan of sachin following his innings with awesome comments was thrilling. no one can come nearer to sachin in such fan following.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    The old gold days where the little master used to bail out the team... A lone warrior doing the same job again... Long live the legend!!

  • Naresh on October 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    ZAHEER KHAN - is a must to spearhead Indian bowling in SA. With support from guys like Bhuvi, Shami, Mohit, Pandey, India can try and assemble some sort of pace attack. Zaks is a thinking bowler, left armer, can swing the ball both ways is is always a hand full. His experience is vital and right now we can not rely on Ishant.

  • Rohit on October 29, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    In India it is all about individual performances and records. I hope this legacy ends at HIM.

  • C on October 29, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    lovely to see a green top like this for a change. This can only be good for Indian cricket in the long run. seaming conditions in India. Great.

  • Android on October 29, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    nature of the pitch has to be considered before asking sachin to quit. it is milestone one cannot achieve easily, so let him, nothing is going to change if he is going to play. India will beat west Indies easily

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Let me repeat what Chetan Asher said on (October 28, 2013, 17:37 GMT):

    "...If Sachin can't lead Mumbai to one final victory tomorrow, he should retire at 198 tests. If he can't play Haryana's medium pacers, what will he do against WI quicks ?..."

    If Bradman can retire, narrowly missing the average of 100 , and is still considered an all-time great; Sachin will also be remembered as the "greatest since Bradman", even if he retires after 198 tests. There is nothing wrong in it.

    If Sachin can prove all of us, his fans who don't want to see him retire in pathetic form, during today's play, it will be absolutely delightful :-)

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @chetan, Sachin is not the captain , Zaheer is.

  • Chetan on October 28, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Chetan -- Did you see the game. I have.. all two days and let me tell you it was very difficult to bat on first day of the match .. I have never seen green top pitch with moisture they said in India not even in test...Just look at the score it was bowlers paradise and now it is getting better for batsmen so Sachin will take this side home...

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