Mumbai v Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy, Mumbai, 2nd day November 29, 2013

Mumbai dominate through Tare after Vidarbha 113

Mumbai 261 (Jaffer 139, Sandeep 4-35) and 179 for 1 (Tare 110*, Rahane 62*) lead Vidarbha 113 (Thakur 3-40) by 372 runs

Mumbai taught Vidarbha lesson or two at the Wankhede, taking firm control at the halfway stage of their Ranji Trophy Group A match. At stumps on day two, after bundling out Vidarbha for 113 for a first-innings lead of 148, Aditya Tare and Ajinkya Rahane's unbroken century stand for the second wicket helped Mumbai get to 179 for 1.

With Tare and Rahane at their sublime best, any of Vidarbha's hopes of stretching Mumbai in their first-ever Ranji clash evaporated. Ending the day trailing by 327 runs, Vidarbha seem to be headed for a huge defeat, and Mumbai, their third victory in four games this season.

The Mumbai bowlers put up a joint effort to roll Vidarbha. Debutant left-arm medium-pacer Akbar Khan struck in his third over, bowling a heavy ball to opener Amol Ubarhande, whose defensive stroke deflected the ball onto the ground and then a bail. Medium-pacer Shardul Thakur, playing his first game of the season, struck soon after, forcing a nick off left-handed Ravi Jangid that rested in wicketkeeper Tare's hands.

Vidarbha were then banking on Faiz Fazal and Shalabh Shrivastava, whose centuries against Karnataka last week had helped Vidarbha raise 500-plus. However, Zaheer Khan changed ends after bowling an opening three-over spell and struck off successive deliveries to take the wind out of Vidarbha's innings. He first caught Shrivastava in no man's land with a sharp incoming delivery - the batsman could only manage to hole out to Siddhesh Lad at forward short leg. The next ball was down the leg, but the seasoned Hemang Badani's nick was brilliantly latched on to by a diving Tare.

Just before lunch, Fazal edged Abhishek Nayar to Wasim Jaffer in the slip cordon and Vidarbha were in danger of following on, going into lunch at 60 for 6. The only short spell of resistance came from Rashmi Parida, who moved from Rajasthan at the start of the season, and Akshay Wakhare, who added 39 runs for the ninth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Kaustubh Pawar's dibbly-dobbly medium pace. Had it not been for Parida's single and a no-ball by Akbar before he got rid of the last man Sandeep Singh, Vidarbha may well have started their second innings in as many sessions on the day.

Once the pitch had eased out, Tare and Rahane made optimum use of batting-friendly conditions. Tare waged an assault right from the word go, hitting Sandeep - Vidarbha's most effective bowler in the first innings - for three boundaries in the first over of the innings. The battering continued till the end of the day's play, as Tare didn't spare any of the Vidarbha bowlers.

Tare raced to his second hundred of the season by tearing apart Umesh Yadav and Wakhare. He first plundered 16 runs off three successive short balls from Umesh, the first a four followed by maximums over long-on and midwicket. In the next over, he danced down the track and hit Wakhare for a huge six over long-off to complete his fourth first-class century. In the same over, Rahane followed Tare's cue and sent Wakhare into the stands over long-on to complete his fifty.

Earlier in the morning, Mumbai's last two wickets added just seven runs, with centurion Jaffer the last man dismissed, giving Sandeep his fourth wicket. The bowler, however, injured his ankle while trying to stop a full-blooded drive off Tare's willow in the final session, limping his way back to the dressing room.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • GAURAV on November 30, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @ Parth Choksi, UMESH should ball pace only. No compromise with that. If you like line and length watch Rani Trophy.

  • GAURAV on November 30, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Once again I resquest don't go by ranji stats. The same deliveries that batsmen are plundering from umesh yadav despite on good length will make batsmen hop at his pace in South Africa. Indian conditions always make bowlers look mediocre. This is why I don't like criticism of Indian bowlers. They never get the backing they need. I bet most foreign players would have given up playing criket if asked to bowl ball after ball on these tracks.

  • GAURAV on November 30, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    These wickets can make anyone look ordinary. I mean in Australi bowlers balling at 135 were hitting the wicktekeepers glove and above shoulders takes. In India even if umesh balls at 143 kph he looks like 123 kph. He will be quite dangerous in South Africa. He should be allowed to ball quick and just not line and length. Enough of these Indian commentators asking balling line and length only. Umesh should be allowed to mix it up.

  • Android on November 29, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    what's wrong with yadav? i know he is a good player he has been leaking runs throughout the season starting with india red and blue and now the domestic ranji trophy. He first needs to focus on his line and length and forget the pace for a moment if he really wants stay in the team.

  • Sumit on November 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    S Africa is going through their phase of struggling cricket - Amla, Smith, Jaq are not in their best form. It will left to ABD and JPD to do the bulk of scoring.. Indian bowlers will have a good chance. On the contrary, it will be testing times for our batsmen - I'll be interested to see if Dhawan, Kohli,Pujara and Sharma can continue with their golden form in SA.

    All in all an interesting series coming up - treat for Cricket lovers.

  • Sriram on November 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I wont go by his Ranji form, yeah it does matter that he takes wickets, but surely if Ranji form is a catalyst then most players should be in India XI. He has the pace to bowl in SA conditions, and if he is going to be a wkt taking option then he will be expensive. Bhuvi and Zak might do the run containing role, while let Umesh unleash pace! But i doubt he will play in the XI for its Zak, Bhuvi and Shami/Ishant for first test.

  • thomas on November 29, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Yadav is way out of form. If Ranji bats are hitting all over the park one can imagine his plight with devillers and amlas

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