Iyer made 82 off 137 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes
Indore: Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer made a fine half-century to keep multiple-time champions Mumbai in the hunt after the title holders conceded the first innings lead to Gujarat in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament on Thursday.
Iyer made 82 off 137 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes as Mumbai reached 208/3 in their second innings to take a handy lead of 108 runs at stumps on day three of the five-day encounter.
Besides Iyer, young Prithvi Shaw, who made 71 in the first innings, smashed a quickfire 44 off 35 balls upfront.
Shaw and Akhil Herwadkar (16) got Mumbai off to a quick start in the second essay with 54-run opening stand before medium pacer Chintan Gaja (3/54) picked up both the Mumbai batsmen in quick succession.
Gaja first accounted for Herwadkar in the 10th over and then induced an edge from the dangerous-looking Shaw in the 14th over which Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel accepted with both hands.
Then, Iyer and Surya Kumar Yadav joined hands and stitched a 127-run partnership for the third wicket to bring Mumbai back into the game after the former champions conceded the first innings lead to their opponents.
But Iyer, who was batting confidently till then, fell in similar fashion like Shaw, giving a straight-forward catch to Patel behind the stumps off Gaja in the 60th over with Mumbai scoreboard reading 193.
At stumps, Yadav was batting on 45 along side Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (13 not out).
Earlier, resuming their first innings on 291/5 in reply to Mumbai’s 228 all out, the remaining four Gujarat batsmen could add just 37 runs before being bowled out for 328 in 104.3 overs.
Paceman Shardul Thakur (4/84) picked up four wickets for Mumbai.
Mumbai (1st innings): 228
Gujarat (1st innings): S.B. Gohel c Yadav b Thakur 4, P.K. Panchal c Tare b Nayar 6, B.H. Merai c Tare b Nayar 45, P. Patel c Tare b Nayar 90, MC Juneja c & b Thakur 77, R. Bhatt c Shaw b Sandhu 25, C. Gandhi c Yadav b Thakur 17, R. Kalaria lbw b Sandhu 27, CT Gaja (not out) 11, RP Singh c Iyer b Sandhu 8, HP Patel c Tare b Thakur 1. Extras: (lb7, w5, nb5) 17. Total: (in 104.3 overs) 328.
FoW: 1-11, 2-37, 3-106, 4-226, 5-254, 6-264, 7-291, 8-313, 9-326.
Bowling: Thakur 29.3-6-84-4 (2nb, 1w), Sandhu 24-2-63-3 (3nb), Nayar 30-7-101-3, Gohil 8-0-34-0, Dabholkar 9-3-21-0, Lad 4-0-18-0.
Mumbai (2nd innings): A. Herwadkar c Gohel b Gaja 16, P. Shaw c P. Patel b Gaja 44, S. Iyer c P. Patel b Gaja 82, S. Yadav (batting) 45, A. Tare (batting) 13. Extras: (w6, nb2) 8. Total: (for 3 wkts in 67 overs) 208.
FoW: 1-54, 2-66, 3-193.
Bowling: Singh 14-4-37-0, Kalaria 13-5-36-0 (2nb, 2w), Gaja 19-8-54-3, Merai 5-3-6-0, Patel 14-0-66-0 (4w), Bhatt 2-0-9-0.