Warner urged to bowl

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS - — Swap­nil Sakhare DNA rutvick. me­hta@ dnain­dia. net

Al­lan Bor­der has urged open­ing bats­man David Warner to prac­tice bowl­ing leg- spin in the nets ahead of cru­cial tour to In­dia. Af­ter clinch­ing the Test se­ries against Sri Lanka, Aus­tralia have al­ready started plan­ning for their four- match Test se­ries against In­dia, which would be played on spin- friendly sub- con­ti­nen­tal wick­ets. Michael Beer is the favourite ahead of Steve O’Keefe to go as a left- arm fin­ger spin­ner. How­ever, Bor­der be­lieves Warner needs to be en­cour­aged to bowl his frisky part- time wrist spin.

Gu­jarat skip­per Parthiv Pa­tel waged a lone bat­tle by scor­ing 101 while his Mum­bai coun­ter­part Za­heer Khan led his troops to bun­dle out the vis­i­tors for 244

young­ster’s bowl­ing as he con­ceded only four runs in his next four overs. Opener Samit Go­hel and Merai shared 64 for the sec­ond wicket be­fore Kulka­rni sep­a­rated them, in­duc­ing the former to edge to Aditya Tare’s gloves.

In came cap­tain Pa­tel at 89 for two. The ex­pe­ri­enced left- han­der played some de­light­ful strokes to first see Gu­jarat past 100 in the 30th over. Mum­bai picked up the third wicket at the stroke of lunch when Merai mis­judged a sin­gle to mid- on and was run out.

The post- lunch ses­sion saw Pa­tel un­leash an ar­ray of strokes. Za­heer, bowl­ing a lengthy spell of eight overs, got rid of Man­prit Juneja for six, caught at fine leg. But Pa­tel was in his own zone. He brought up his half- cen­tury with an up­per- cut four off Javed.

As has been the norm with Mum­bai this year, Pa­tel got a re­spite on 64 when he was dropped by Hiken Shah at first slip off Kulka­rni. The drop al­lowed the Gu­jarat cap­tain to reg­is­ter his third Za­heer Khan 2/ 40 for Mum­bai vs Gu­jarat in Mum­bai Parthiv Pa­tel 101 for Gu­jarat vs Mum­bai in Mum­bai S Sreesanth 1/ 49 for Ker­ala vs Andhra in Cud­da­pah Mu­rali Kar­tik 48 for Rail­ways vs Ben­gal in Kolkata Robin Uthappa 13 for Kar­nataka vs Ma­ha­rash­tra in Pune Chetesh­war Pu­jara 10 for Saurash­tra vs Mad­hya Pradesh in Ra­jkot Un­mukt Chand 82 for Delhi vs Vi­darbha in Nag­pur cen­tury of the sea­son.

Un­for­tu­nately for him, none of the other Gu­jarat bats­men sup­ported him. Wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals be­fore they were even­tu­ally bowled out even be­fore the sec­ond new ball was due.

SCORE­CARD Gu­jarat 1st in­nings: S Pa­tel lbw b Z Khan 8 , S Go­hel c Tare b Kulka­rni 30, B Merai run out 41, P Pa­tel c Patil b J Khan 101, M Juneja c J Khan b Z Khan 6, C Gandhi c Jaf­fer b Cha­van 9, R Bhatt lbw b Nayar 8, R Dhurv c Z Khan b Cha­van 12, R Kalaria c Jaf­fer b J Khan 2, K Pa­tel not out 1, I Chaud­hary c Z Khan b Cha­van 0 Ex­tras: ( B12, LB11, W1, NB2) 26 To­tal: ( all out; 78.2 overs) 244 FoW: 1- 25, 2- 89, 3- 107, 4- 146, 5- 186, 6- 205, 7- 232, 8- 242, 9- 243, 10- 244 Bowl­ing: D Kulka­rni 16- 4- 36- 1 ( W1), Z Khan 17- 5- 40- 2, J Khan 12- 3- 46- 2 ( NB2), A Cha­van 14.2- 0- 54- 3, A Nayar 17- 2- 40- 1, K Pawar 1- 1- 0- 0, S Ya­dav 1- 0- 5- 0 Mum­bai 1st in­nings: W Jaf­fer bat­ting 6, K Pawar c Gandhi b Dhurv 17 Ex­tras: ( NB1) 1 To­tal: ( 1 wicket; 8.3 overs) 24 FoW: 1- 24 Bowl­ing: I Chaud­hary 3- 0- 14- 0 ( NB1), R Kalaria 4- 2- 5- 0, R Dhurv 1.3- 0- 5- 1

Za­heer Khan in

ac­tion on Satur­day

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