What Subramaniam Badrinath has not done successfully in key opportunities, Abhinav Mukund has begun to achieve. His unbeaten 86 not out following a score of 46 in the first innings and his century partnership with his state partner M. Vijay has put Rest of India in a strong position. Hearty congratulations to him and best wishes to carry on to make a well deserved hundred.
Mumbai blew a big opportunity to take the initiative away from the Rest by batting poorly in response to a low first ininings total set by ROI. ROI’s strong batting lineup came up croppers as they scored on 260 runs in the first innings thanks largely to an inspired spell of bowling by Ajit Agarkar. Ravindra Jadeja continued his good form with the bat while the rest barring Mukund failed. Mumbai’s workhorse, Wasim Jaffer, continued to make major contributions domestically while Rohit Sharma had a forgettable return to the game. Munaf Patel manages to keep the selectors continually interested by picking up wickets in crucial games as he did so in this one with a five wicket haul.
ROI should go on and set a huge target for Mumbai making it difficult for the Ranji champions to succeed. Having said that, Rohit Sharma is a big match player and may very well take up the challenge and score big. All in all, an interesting couple of days ahead as we kick off the domestic season.