Pace trio dismiss Raj for 155; Mumbai 93/2

Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The pace trio of Ajit Agarkar, Swapnil Hazare and Abhishek Nair ripped through the Rajasthan batting line-up, dismissing them for a paltry 155 in their first innings to put Mumbai in command in the Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group 'B' match at the Wankhede stadium here today.

At close of the play on the first day, Mumbai had lost openers Vinayak Mane for 20 and Sahil Kukreja for 30, while making 93 with captain Amol Muzumdar (14) and debutant Hiken Shah (26) holding fort for the hosts.

Earlier in the morning, Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket, which was affording some assistance to the pacers and apart from English import opener Vikram Solanki who cracked a superb 77 with 14 rasping shots to the fence, none of the batsmen gave any kind of support to him and caved in meekly. They were being bowled out for 155 in just 46.5 overs.

The downfall of the Rajasthan innings began in the seventh over when Agarkar removed Gagan Khoda for 12 and N Gehlot for a blob to leave the tourists on 37 for two.

In the next over, Hazare removed N Doru with a beautiful inswinger trapping him in front of the wicket also for zero, as Rajasthan slumped to 38 for three.

After this, it was all downhill for Rajasthan as Hazare bowled an inspired spell to remove the middle order for next for nothing.

Nair then came into the act getting the tail along with the prized wicket of Vikram Solanki, the nineth man who edged an away-going delivery from Nair for 77.

Hazare was the most successful bowler with four for 50, while Nair with three and Agarkar with two were the other successful bowlers.

Mumbai, replying to Rajasthan, lost opener Vinayak Mane (20), while attempting to hook off Afroz Khan to fine leg where Pankaj Singh made no mistake. The other opener Swapnil Hazare was also dismissed after being trapped in front by Sumeet Mathur for 30 to leave Mumbai on 61 for two.

However, debutant Hiken Shah played a couple of lovely drives and steadied the ship with his captain Amol Muzumdar to prevent any further damage. They put their side in complete command in a match, which they have to win to keep alive their hopes of making the semifinals.

Brief Scores:

Rajasthan 155 ( Vikram Solanki 77; Swapnil Hazare 4 for 50, Avinash Nair 3 for 18, Ajit Agarkar 2 for 60) Vs Mumbai 93 for 2 (Kukreja 30, H Shah 26 n o, Vinayak Mane 20; Aslam Khan 1 for 17, Mathur 1 for 18)


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