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Mumbai fightback but still got a mountain to climb

Mumbai fightback but still got a mountain to climb
Set a daunting target of 445 runs, Mumbai were 61 for no loss at stumps on day two of the semifinal. Openers Aditya Tare (40) and Akhil Herwadkar (21) were in the middle with Mumbai still needing something special for a remarkable turnaround after they were dismissed for 44 in their first innings.

Mumbai fortunately have three more days to get those runs, and looking at the approach of Tare and Herwadkar, they seem to have a plan to go for the target in a calculated manner. On the flipside, Karnataka will fancy their chances to deal early blows.

Karnataka 202 and 286 all out (Abhimanyu Mithun 89, Ravikumar Samarth 58, Shardul Thakur 4/69) vs Mumbai 44 and 61 for no loss (Aditya Tare 40*, Herwadkar 21*).

Karthik century puts TN in command

Dinesh Karthik struck a solid 113 as Tamil Nadu put themselves in command against Maharashtra despite their slow-and-steady approach on an innocuous Eden Gardens pitch on day two of their Ranji Trophy semifinal against Maharashtra on Thursday. On a deceptive green top that had little in it for the bowlers, Karthik made hay with 113, while half-centuries from Vijay Shankar (91), Ramaswamy Prasanna (64 not out) and Baba Indrajith (68 not out) down the order ensured that Tamil Nadu pile up 426/5 in 177 overs at the close of play.

Briefscores TN: 426/5 (Dinesh Karthik 113, Vijay Shankar 91, R Prasanna 64*, Baba Indrajith 68*; Chirag Khurana 1/64).
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