Mumbai v MP, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, semi-final, 3rd day February 15, 2016

Suryakumar-Tare stand deflates Madhya Pradesh

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Mumbai 371 and 285 for 3 (Suryakumar Yadav 97*, Tare 90*) lead Madhya Pradesh 227 (Naman Ojha 79, Dane 44, Sandhu 5-43) by 429 runs

Suryakumar Yadav hit 18 fours and a six in his unbeaten 97 as Mumbai extended their domination over Madhya Pradesh © Fotocorp

Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare stamped their authority over Madhya Pradesh in Cuttack as Mumbai put one foot in the door of the Ranji Trophy final.

Mumbai, who took a 144-run lead early on day three, pressed forward courtesy an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 190 between Suryakumar (97 not out) and Tare (90 not out) to end the day on 285 for 3, thereby opening up a lead of 429.

MP's hopes of eating into a deficit that stood at 174 at the start of the day were hinged on Naman Ojha, but his dismissal on his overnight score of 79 to Abhishek Nayar put paid to those hopes. MP, resuming on 197 for 5, were bowled out for 227, with Balwinder Sandhu, the medium pacer, who picked up three wickets in the morning, finishing with 5 for 43.

Mumbai started shakily in their second innings as Akhil Herwadkar fell for a three-ball duck to Ishwar Pandey. But Bhavin Thakkar and Shreyas Iyer built the lead with an 85-run stand; Iyer did the bulk of the scoring in his 46-ball 58 before falling to Puneet Datey.

The wicket of Thakkar shortly after, gave MP a lift, but it was all too brief as Mumbai's current and former captain stamped their authority to put their team within touching distance of a place in the final for the first time in three seasons.

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  • Naresh on February 16, 2016, 12:00 GMT

    Suryakumar Yadav - has been silently making good scores. A good batsman just like Iyer. Selectors need to give these guys a break in INDIA A tour matches.

  • Rasik on February 16, 2016, 8:16 GMT

    Agree with Jeochaku here. Shreyas needs to score big hundreds so that the selectors can ignore him no more. He is in the queue behind Sharma and Nair in Tests and Pandey in ODIs. I don't really think he can break into the T20 team at the moment.

  • Joe on February 16, 2016, 1:03 GMT

    SS Iyer needs to convert his 50/60/70/80/90 into hundreds. He cannot get out in 50s and 60s every time. The hallmark of a good batsman is to convert big starts into centuries. If he wants to be a candidate for the national team then being a top order batsman he has to be a run machine.

  • Nandan on February 15, 2016, 17:23 GMT

    Mumbai Vs Saurastra Final should be exciting. Looking forward to Shreyas Iyer Vs Unadkat and Rathod and Shardul Thakur bowl. Iyer is a serious talent that needs to be nurtured properly.

  • Kiran on February 15, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    The SR at which Shreyas Iyer has scored his runs this season is mind boggling. Lets see what he can do when faced with quality bowlers this IPL season.

  • Devadatta on February 15, 2016, 13:20 GMT

    Come on, Mumbai Lions! It's a huge achievement to sail into the finals without Rohit and Ajinkya, and without Dhawal for some of the matches.

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