Aditya Tare played a captain’s knock while Abhishek Nayar and Shardul Thakur complemented their fine bowling effort with half-centuries to help Mumbai take the all-important first innings lead over Tamil Nadu in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament, here on Tuesday.
Tare made a fine 83 off 181 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries to held together Mumbai’s first innings. He was ably supported by Nayar (58) and Thakur (52) as Mumbai made 406 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu’s 305 before being bowled out at stumps on the third day of the five-day marque encounter.
Mumbai, thus, enjoy a lead of 101 runs over Tamil Nadu with the match interestingly poised with two full day’s play remaining. Nayar (4/66) and Thakur (4/75) were the star bowlers for Mumbai earlier as they picked up eight wickets between them during Tamil Nadu’s first innings.