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|Mane, Kambli slam tons as Mumbai gains lead|
Monday, March 15 2004 19:59 Hrs (IST)
Mumbai were comfortably placed at 389 for three when the stumps were drawn for the day.
Resuming at their overnight score of 84 for no loss, the hosts received an early setback in the morning when Wasim Jaffer was caught in the slips by Daniel Manohar off the bowling of Venkatapathy Raju.
Wasim, in an attempt to drive the ball, came out of the crease but the ball, which turned, took the outer edge of his bat and went in the slip cordon where Manohar made no mistake.
Wasim could add just four runs to his overnight score of 33 and the wicket fell when Mumbai's score read 105.
Southpaw Vinod Kambli then joined Mane and together they steadied the innings playing cautiously but punishing the loose deliveries.
In the process, Mane, who was 42 not out overnight, completed his first Ranji Trophy century amidst thunderous applause from the public and his teammates.
With this ton, Mane, playing in the only third Ranji season, surpassed his previous best of 97 made against Punjab at the same ground.
Mane stayed on the crease for 288 minutes and faced 227 balls with 10 shots to the fence.
Kambli, who looked a bit aggressive, scored his third century of the season but was soon dismissed trying to cut offie Shivaji Yadav's delivery only to gift a simple catch to Daniel Manohar in the slips. Kambli made exactly 100 runs during his 216 minutes stay on the crease and facing 169 balls. He also hit 17 fours and two towering sixes.
Mane, who was batting confidently, got an experienced partner in Amol Muzumdar and together they added 64 runs for the third wicket before Mane mistimed a sweep shot and gave a catch to Shivaji Yadav in the slips off Raju. Mane made 154 runs that included 17 boundaries and faced 321 balls.
Muzumdar and Bhavin Thakkar were unbeaten on 42 and 20 runs respectively when stumps were drawn.
For Hyderabad, skipper Venkatapathy Raju claimed two wickets for 97 runs while Shivaji Yadav took one wicket.
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