Mumbai stay on target against Vidarbha

CricketAmol Vishwasrao Ubarhande of Vidarbha is bowled by Mumbai's Akbar Khan.

The only time Mumbai have been in any trouble during their Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium was on the opening day when they had lost quick wickets. By the end day three today, the match had turned into a one-sided contest with Mumbai marching towards their third outright win of the season.

Mumbai had set a 530-run target for Vidarbha who were 177/8 at stumps. With only tailenders to come, Mumbai will look to complete formalities quickly on Sunday morning.

Resumed on 179/1, Mumbai declared their second innings on 381/4. Ajinkya Rahane, overnight on 62, scored 133 while Aditya Tare added 62 to his overnight score of 110.

Vidarbha came out to bat 30 minutes into the lunch session and Mumbai reinforced the gulf between the two teams.

Zaheer Khan sent opener Faiz Fazal's middle-stump flying with fifth ball of the second innings and fours over later, fellow-opener Amol Ubarhande also saw his middle-stump uprooted by Akbar Khan. Ranjit Paradkar, the most-capped campaigner in the Vidarbha side played a casual shot against Shardul Thakur's bowling to hand Vishal Dabholkar a sharp diving catch at point.

At 33 for 3, with Vidarbha's top-order was in tatters, former India batsman Hemang Badani walked in. Batting alongside skipper Shalabh Shrivastava, Badani looked to kill time. He defend dourly but there was little confidence in his strokes. After adding 73 runs for the fourth wicket, Badani edged Shardul Thakur to the slips where substitute Hiken Shah took a sitter.

Three over later Abhishek Nayar had veteran Rashmi Parida caught at second slip as Mumbai's bowlers began to assert themselves. Left-arm spinner Dabholkar got Ravi Jangid at slip and Shrivastava, who had fought a lone battle hitting 15 fours in his innings of 69, hit one straight to Zaheer at short mid-wicket to become the spinner's second victim. Umesh Yadav tried to sweep Suryakumar Yadav but was trapped in front of the stumps off the last ball of the day.

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