Ranji Trophy: Jharkhand gain on Tiwary's double ton
Saurabh Tiwary smashed his maiden double century in first-class cricket, a phenomenal 238 as Jharkhand bagged 3 crucial points against defending Ranji champions Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to field on a friendly Wankhede pitch. Jharkhand's top order was easily outdone by the Mumbai bowlers, especially Javed Khan's fruitful first spell (4/79) that fetched him the wickets of both openers. Amid a series of batting failures from the middle order, Saurabh Tiwary stood tall, slamming 26 fours and 12 sixes on his way to an incredible double hundred that helped Jharkhand move to a strong total. Vishal Dabholkar (4/81) was then brought into the attack and he duly removed Tiwary, but the damage was already done. Khan struck again to get rid of the tail, along with Dabholkar. Jharkhand were bundled out for 351.
The pressure was now on the 40-time defending champs, Mumbai, which was evident the moment they lost opener Sushant Marathe (0) to Varun Aaron (4/42) on the 2nd ball of the innings. Aditya Tare's breezy knock of 67 helped Mumbai's cause to an extent, but it was the wicket of veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer (1) that inflicted the real damage. A couple of wickets in the middle-order and Mumbai were pushed into a deep hole. Hiken Shah (58) and Suryakumar Yadav (63) added 122 runs for the 6th wicket, thereby restoring some stability in the Mumbai camp. At 236, the hosts were still trailing by a huge margin. Shah fell soon after, followed by Yadav and a late collapse led to Mumbai being dismissed for 265. The visitors were leading by 86 runs.
Jharkhand made the most of their lead, with Ishank Jaggi (103*) getting to his century. The declaration came at 278/7, and Mumbai were left with a stiff target of 364 runs to chase. Marathe was once again out on a duck, but Tare (36) continued to play responsibly. Jaffer flopped, and a similar downfall was Mumbai's story until Shah (21*) and Yadav (31*) came to the rescue for the 2nd time in the match. The duo gave each other company and played out the final day, ultimately saving Mumbai from a shameful defeat.
Bottom-placed Jharkhand have gained 3 important points on the basis of their first-innings lead against Mumbai.