The Hindu (Mumbai)

Musheer’s unbeaten ton saves Mumbai the blushes against Baroda

The batter’s unbroken 106run stand with Hardik takes the home side to 248 for five at the end of day one; Bhatt shines with a fourwicket haul

- Amol Karhadkar

usheer Khan, one of the three Under19 World Cup stars to have been featured in the Ranji Trophy quarterfin­al, shone bright as the promising batter’s unbeaten hundred bailed Mumbai out of trouble on the first day of its knockout clash against Baroda on Friday.

MRiding on Musheer’s 128 (216b, 10x4) and his unbroken 106run associatio­n with wicketkeep­er Hardik Tamore (30 n.o., 163b), Mumbai finished at 248 for five after choosing to bat at the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy ground.

Had it not been for Shivam Dube’s injury, Musheer would have probably had to sit out the match. But the batter made the most of his opportunit­y when he was asked to bat at No. 3.

When he came in to bat, Prithvi Shaw had been stumped after missing an ambitious charge off Bhargav Bhatt’s leftarm spin.

The veteran spinner, introduced into the attack in the eighth over with a damp pitch offering turn and bite, then made the most of the conditions by accounting for opener Bhupen Lalwani (caught off gloves in the slip cordon) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (beaten in length to be bowled) in no time.

In trouble

When Shams Mulani, promoted to negate the leftarm spinners’ turn, missed an overambiti­ous reverse sweep to be adjudged lbw, Mumbai was in trouble at 90 for four.

Musheer, who had looked in control after a scratchy start that included a thick edge for a four through vacant slip cordon

Musheer made the most of his opportunit­y.

off seasoned pacer Lukman Meriwala, then found an ally in Suryansh Shedge.

However, just when the partnershi­p had crossed 50, Shedge attempted a crossbatte­d heave off Bhatt to be bowled. With

Tamore, struggling for runs so far this season, looking shaky, Musheer then took charge.

Only after he tapped Bhatt for a single in the last session to burst into a prolonged celebratio­n did he start opening his shoulders slightly, upping the scoring rate. Baroda handed a debut to the other two under19 World Cuppers.

While Raj Limbani couldn’t extract much off the pitch with the new ball, Priyanshu Moliya will be hoping to replicate Musheer’s feat with the willow.

The scores:

Mumbai – 1st innings: Prithvi Shaw st Patel b Bhatt 33, Bhupen Lalwani c Sharma b Bhatt 19, Musheer Khan (batting) 128, Ajinkya Rahane b Bhatt 3, Shams Mulani lbw b Rathva 6, Suryansh Shedge b Bhatt 20, Hardik Tamore (batting) 30; Extras (b-2, lb-7) 9; Total (for five wkts. in 90 overs) 248.

Fall of wickets:

Baroda bowling: Meriwala 14-3-41-0, Limbani 10-0-28-0, Bhatt 29-4-82-4, Rathva 23-3-50-1, Pithiya 12-3-27-0, Moliya 2-0-11-0.

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