MUMBAI: Forty-time Ranji Trophy winners Mumbai responded aptly to Rest to India on the second day of the Irani Cup, finishing on 155/2 at close of play in reply to the visitors’ first innings 526. The dependable veteran Wasim Jaffer (80) and opener Ajinkya Rahane (55*) combined for 132 runs for the second wicket, after Suresh Raina’s 11th First Class century had allowed Rest to cross 500 in the morning session.
Mumbai trail by 371 with eight wickets in hand. They still have Rahane in the middle, and Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Abhishek Nayar waiting in the wings. With the pitch harbouring no ill intent towards batsmen, the hosts would look to inch closer to Rest and gain the all-important first innings lead. But that's easier said than done against an attack comprising four bowlers to have played Tests for India.
Earlier, Raina (134), in conjunction with Abhimanyu Mithun’s daredevilry, bullied Mumbai’s spineless bowling sans mercy before lunch. The two added 153 in 28Read More »from Mumbai respond solidly after Raina's hundred