Mysore: Ranji Trophy finals between Karnataka and Mumbai at Mysore is turning out to be pace men's duel.
Bowled out for a modest 233 in the first innings, Mumbai gave a fitting reply to Karnatka by dismissing them for a paltry 130 in the first innings.
However, Karnataka pacemen were not ready to gave up, they fought hardly and dismissed five Mumbai batsmen for just 51 runs.
But, as in the first essay, Abhishek Nayyar (batting 32) and Daval Kulkarni (batting 35) pulled Mumbai out of the woods, posting 57 runs for unbroken sixth-wicket.
At draw of stumps on Day Two, Mumbai had made 108 for five. In effect, Mumbai are 211 runs ahead with five wickets in hand.
Given the life in the hard and bouncy wicket and the determination of a pack of exciting fast bowlers, the five-day final is unlikely to last its course.
As many as 14 wickets tumbled in the absorbing contest between bat and ball, with Avishkar Salvi, who produced his season's best figures of 5 for 31, and Abhimanyu Mithun producing outstanding spells with the cherry.
Mithun's second innings burst (4 for 30) saw him share the honour of being the season's highest wicket-taker with R Vinay Kumar.
Both have bagged 44 wickets each.
Resuming at their overnight 15 for one, Karnataka lost wickets in a heap as an accurate Salvi and Kulkarni (2 for 52) produced wicket to wicket spells.
Salvi used the moisture in the surface to repeatedly beat the flailing bats of the jittery, inexperienced Karnataka batsmen, who had dominated the season until Tuesday.