Mumbai v MP, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, semi-final, 2nd day February 14, 2016

Ojha fights but pacers help Mumbai take control

ESPNcricinfo staff

Madhya Pradesh 197 for 5 (Naman Ojha 79*, Harpreet 36, Sandhu 2-41) trail Mumbai 371 (Iyer 90, Tare 68, Lad 60, Sakhure 5-127) by 174 runs
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Naman Ojha hit 11 fours in his unbeaten 79 as Madhya Pradesh lived to fight another day in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Cuttack © Associated Press

A patient unbeaten 79 from Naman Ojha kept Madhya Pradesh's flame burning in their semi-final clash against Mumbai at the DRIEMS ground in Cuttack. MP wobbled their way to 197 for 5 at stumps, still trailing Mumbai by 174 runs, with Ojha and Ankit Dane having put together an unbroken 60-run stand when play ended.

Mumbai added 44 runs to their overnight total of 327 for 7; Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Sandhu, their new-ball pair, chipping in with 27 and 21 not out respectively to shore up the total. Puneet Datey, the medium pacer who went wicketless on the opening day, returned to dismiss Siddhesh Lad (60) and Thakur (27), while Chandrakant Sakure, playing in only his second first-class game, picked up the wicket of Badre Alam to finish with 5 for 127. It also happened to be his maiden five-for.

MP lost their openers, Jalaj Saxena and Aditya Shrivastava, with just 20 runs on the board, with Alam and Sandhu picking one wicket apiece in their opening spell. Rajat Patidar led a brief recovery, making a 115-ball 33, before Mumbai hit back with two wickets in as many overs.

Patidar was bowled by Iqbal Abdulla, the left-arm spinner, to break a 55-run stand for the third wicket. Nine balls later, Devendra Bundela, MP's captain and most-capped player, was dismissed by Abhishek Nayar to leave them precariously placed at 78 for 4.

Ojha then drove the game forward, hitting 11 fours in his 182-ball vigil, even as he saw the in-form Harpreet Singh fall to Sandhu for 36. But the sixth-wicket pair of Ojha and Dane showed some fight by batting out the next 15 overs as MP lived to fight another day.

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  • Naresh28 on February 15, 2016, 11:36 GMT

    Suryakumar Yadav....quietly etching a batting stalwart name on domestic scene. With Iyer there, Tare also doing well - what a team mumbai has.

  • rod77 on February 15, 2016, 6:55 GMT

    jay bista should be handled well he could be the trump card for Bombay. A very attacking opener and a decent off spin bowler. Also sidak Singh should be fast tracked.

  • paramnp9 on February 15, 2016, 4:11 GMT

    Nice to see Alam and Sandhu bowling well. Mumbai certainly ahead. There was no need to drop Bista. He, along with Akhil, Lad and Jaffer needs to be groomed well.

  •   Rasik Tirodkar on February 14, 2016, 19:34 GMT

    A 100 run lead would mean advantage Mumbai. For some reason Shardul is not picking wickets.

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