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|Rayudu stands tall amid Hyderabad ruins|
Sunday, March 14 2004 18:35 Hrs (IST)
Leg-spinner Bahutule was very well supported by medium pacer Munaf Patel (3-40) and Nilesh Kulkarni (2-45).
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Hyderabad batsmen could not withstand the accurate line and length of the hosts' bowlers and lost wickets at regular intervals before being bundled out for 166 just 22 minutes before tea.
Mumbai were comfortable placed at 84 for no loss when the stumps were drawn for the day.
The only Hyderabadi resistance came from young A T Rayudu who hit a masterly 95 before gifting his wicket. Rayudu was the last man to be dismissed.
The visitors lost their first wicket in the seventh over of the day when opener Arvind Shetty was bowled through the gates by a beautiful Munaf Patel delivery. Shetty made 15 runs that included three boundaries.
Experienced D Vinay Kumar, who joined the other opener Daniel Manohar at the crease, failed to open his account and gave a regulation catch to Vinayak Mane in the first slip off Patel.
Rayudu tried to steady the innings in the company of Manohar but the latter misjudged a Patel inswinger only to see his stumps uprooted.
Rayudu, however, remained glued to one end but was left short of partners as Hyderabad lost wickets at regular intervals. Though Rayudu and Ibrahim Khaleel added 66 runs for the fifth wicket, it failed to give their team a fighting total.
Rayudu, who fell short of just five runs for his century, hit 15 boundaries and a towering six and faced 166 balls during his stay in the crease for 210 minutes. He was the last man to be dismissed when he, in an attempt to complete his century, gave a simple catch to Manoj Joglekar at extra cover off left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni.
In reply, Mumbai openers Vinayak Make and Wasim Jaffer played confidently and remained not out on 42 and 33 runs respectively when the play was called off for the day.
Mumbai takes on Hyderabad in Ranji semis