Mumbai, Tamil Nadu scrap on slow-moving day

Dhawal's unbeaten half-century lifts Mumbai past 300; Jagadeesan's 94 not out revives TN's hopes of first-innings lead

Paidikalva Vijaykumar celebrates after dismissing Sachin Baby, Andhra v Kerala, Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Group C, Guwahati, 1st day, November 21, 2016


Mumbai were in a race against time to force a result in a game they have to win. Having resumed on 248 for 6, they ploughed along to make 332, thanks largely to Dhawal Kulkarni's unbeaten 50 on an attritional second day in Ongole. Andhra overcame the loss of their openers DB Prasanth and KS Bharat to end the day on 74 for 2, with the in-form Hanuma Vihari and Ricky Bhui at the crease. Earlier in the day, Andhra's B Ayyappa, the fast bowler, took 4 for 110 while fellow seamers KV Sasikanth and P Vijaya Kumar finished with three and two wickets respectively.
Wicketkeeper N Jagadeesan's resilient unbeaten 94 kept Tamil Nadu in the race for the first-innings lead against Madhya Pradesh in Indore, but they need nothing less than an outright win to keep alive their flagging campaign.
Madhya Pradesh, resuming on 224 for 7, were bowled out for 264, with K Vignesh (4 for 32) and M Mohammed (3 for 67) being the pick of Tamil Nadu's bowlers. In response, the visitors were tottering at 76 for 6 before being rescued by an unbroken 115-run stand between Jagadeesan and Yo Mahesh (44*), who earlier in the season, struck his maiden first-class century.
Tamil Nadu started poorly, losing both captain Abhinav Mukund and Vijay Shankar, batting at No.3, to seamer Puneet Datey in the same over. From 19 for 2, they slipped to 54 for 4 and then 76 for 6, with Datey and Ishwar Pandey being the wreckers in-chief. They ended the day with identical figures of 3 for 36. Tamil Nadu went to stumps on 191 for 6, still 73 runs adrift Madhya Pradesh's first-innings score.
Vishnu Solanki (109) and 18-year-old debutant Ninad Rathva slammed centuries to propel Baroda to 503 against Odisha in Vadodara. Batting at No.9, the left-hand Rathva's 102-ball 115 included 18 fours and a six. In their reply, Odisha reached 64 or 2 at stumps.
Earlier, resuming on 281 for 3, Baroda suffered a mini wobble as they lost three wickets, including that of overnight batsman Swapnil Singh, inside the first 10 overs of play. With Dhruv Patel's dismissal, Baroda had slipped to 316 for 7 with seamer Basant Mohanty accounting for three of the four wickets to fall. However, Solanki and Rathva joined hands and dashed any hopes Odisha might have had of a swift end to the innings.
They raised 155 runs for the eighth wicket, and despite Solanki's dismissal, Rathva steered Baroda past 500 before being the last batsman to be dismissed. Mohanty finished with figures of 5 for 85.