MUMBAI: Suresh Raina plundered Mumbai’s attack for 134 quick runs, 98 of which came on Thursday. But all his brilliance would have come to naught had it not been for medium pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who partnered the southpaw in a crucial 153-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Asked if his experience of shepherding the tail in the shorter formats had come to his aid in the Irani Cup match, Raina said, “I know how to bat with the lower order. There was good communication between us and I know that it’s always good to trust your partner.”
Raina's 11th First Class century could not have been more timely, as it comes just ahead of the Australia Test series with India's middle order bearing a decidedly unsettled look.
“I wanted to score heavily in this match to come back into Test match reckoning. I’m hitting the ball really well. I was unhappy to miss out on an ODI century against England recently, so I am glad to get a hundred today against Mumbai, who are a very strong domestic team.”
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