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Amol Karhadkar in Pune
November 22, 2013
Goa 73 for 1 trail Maharashtra 635 (Khadiwale 262, Mundhe 75) by 562 runs
Maharashtra continued their trend of putting up a big first-innings total to pressurize their opponents as they piled on a colossal 635 against Goa - their second successive 600-plus total - on the second day at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Harshad Khadiwale converted his overnight century into a mammoth 262, his highest in first-class cricket, and shared twin century partnerships with Ankit Bawne and Shrikant Mundhe for the fourth and sixth wicket respectively. Maharashtra added 274 runs to their overnight total of 361 for 3 before being bowled out at the stroke of tea. However, the Maharashtra pace trio of Samad Fallah, Domnic Joseph and Mundhe failed to snatch the advantage as Goa finished the day at 73 for 1.
Joseph, though, was unlucky as the ball clipped the bail when Swapnil Asnodkar, Goa's batting mainstay, shouldered arms but was denied the wicket because he had overstepped. Asnodkar had another lucky escape when Mundhe gave him a reprieve in the slips in Joseph's next over.
The day, however, belonged to Khadiwale and Amit Yadav, the Goa offspinner who bowled tirelessly and was rewarded with seven wickets. Khadiwale didn't lose his sublime touch on day one and his first boundary of the day, off Saurabh Bandekar in the second over of the morning, helped him pass the 150-run mark. With Bawne looking solid at the other end on a wicket that was lopsided towards the batsmen, Maharashtra inched towards a huge score at a rapid pace.
Just when Bawne looked set to become the third centurion of the innings - Kedar Jadhav was the second - , having hit Bandekar more than ten rows back into the stands, he played on to the stumps, thereby ending the 138-run association. Captain Rohit Motwani, fresh from a hundred in Hyderabad last week, didn't look at his best and eventually edged Yadav to the wicketkeeper Keenan Vaz just before stumps.
Khadiwale, who was in his 190s then, was undeterred by the double blow and reached his maiden double-century with a single off Shadab Jakati to sweeper cover minutes before lunch. He switched gears and raced from 200 to 250 in just 44 balls. With Mundhe also on the attack, the score moved at a brisk pace.
While the hosts were hoping for Khadiwale to convert his double into a triple, he eventually perished in the same fashion as Motwani, giving Yadav his fourth wicket. The offspinner, who has served a one-year BCCI suspension for "loose talk" following the IPL corruption scandal, was then rewarded for his persistent line and length as the tail tried to push the scoring. Maharashtra were bowled out before tea when Joseph holed out to Amogh Desai at long-on.
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