Yadav ton rescues defending champs Mumbai

Ranji quarter-finals: Intriguing first day across centres in the knock-out stage.

CUT SHORT: Wasim Jaffer (File pic)MUMBAI: Suryakumar Yadav made a timely return to form as he struck an aggressive century to guide defending champions Mumbai to 306 for 7 against Maharashtra, on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Wednesday.

Yadav (120) came in with Mumbai in some danger at 101 for 4 and partnered Vinit Indulkar (82) in a steadying stand that rescued the hosts. Indulkar, incidentally, was, playing his first match for Mumbai after three years of service with Himachal Pradesh.

Although Maharashtra struck again in the last session, with seamer Anupam Sanklecha removing both the set batsmen, and Samad Fallah dismissing Shardul Thakur (4), Mumbai by then were out of trouble. At stumps, Iqbal Abdulla (9*) and captain Zaheer Khan (5*) were at the crease.

Maharashtra had earlier sent the 40-time champions in and gained immediate ascendancy. Opener Kaustubh Pawar (19) was caught behind, while Aditya Tare (3) flicked a full-pitched delivery to mid-on. Mumbai lost their biggest wicket when veteran Wasim Jaffer (42) was out at the stroke of lunch. The next to go was Abhishek Nayar (5), who edged Fallah and was caught at slip.

From here on, Yadav and Indulkar steadied the boat with a 183-run stand for the fifth wicket. Yadav blasted his fourth First Class ton in just 115 balls. The tables turned again when Indulkar was caught behind off Sanklecha, who also had Yadav caught at second slip.

Brief scores: Day 1

At Mumbai:
Mumbai 306 for 7 (Jaffer 44, Indulkar 82, Yadav 120) v Maharashtra.

At Kolkata:
Bengal 273 for 8 (Chatterjee 96, Easwaran 65, Saha 59*, Anureet 4 for 75) v Railways.

At Bangalore:
Karnataka 297 for 5 (Uthappa 100, Nair 100, Gautam 89*) v Uttar Pradesh.

At Vadodara:
Jammu & Kashmir 11 for 1 v Punjab 304 (Harbhajan 92, Sandeep 51, Yuvraj 10, Nazir 4-66).