NEW DELHI: Following the frustration of successive days of lost play, Sunday provided 66 overs of intriguing cricket, at the end of which the Ranji Trophy semifinal between Services and Mumbai was still anybody's game.
Mumbai resumed their first innings after another delayed start around noon and raised 74 runs in just nine overs before declaring. A gauntlet of 454 was thus thrown to the home team, which responded brilliantly through stand-in skipper Sowmya Ranjan Swain (64 batting) and veteran stonewaller Yashpal Singh (43 batting) to finish on 164/3 at the end of the fifth day.
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With an extra day pressed into service on the morrow, Services need 290 more to gain the vital first innings lead, while Mumbai seven wickets to nail their 44th Ranji final. Services had last reached a Ranji Trophy final in 1957/58 and they still have their best batsman of the season – Rajat Paliwal – awaiting his turn to bat.They were served well by Swain and YashpalRead More »from Coin toss may decide fate of Mumbai-Service game