Warner urged to bowl
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