After being ousted by defending champions Rajasthan last year, Mumbai were in danger of conceding the first innings lead to their rivals at the end of the second day of their Ranji Trophy Super League Group 'A' match.
Though Rohit Sharma and Abhishek Nayar's 82-run unbroken stand for the third wicket saw Mumbai end the day at 104 for two, Rajasthan's first innings total of 530 looks miles away.
Had Rajasthan not wasted three opportunities to break the partnership, Mumbai's focus would have shifted from gaining three points from the first innings lead to saving the follow-on.
While Rohit, fresh from his 175 against the Railways last week, got two lives off Deepak Chahar's bowling, Nayar escaped getting run out after wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani failed to collect the throw.
Had Rajasthan capitalised on the chances, Mumbai's concerns would have increased manifold, especially since they lost Wasim Jaffer cheaply. The skipper appeared to be in sublime touch before he mistimed a pull shot off Pankaj Singh and hit it straight to Gajendra Singh at mid-on.
Perhaps the toll of fielding for five sessions was the main reason for Jaffer's lapse in concentration. After all, the Rajasthan lower order had exposed the frailty of Mumbai's bowling attack by mounting a total in excess of 500.
Earlier, Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar perished early, adding just 12 runs to his overnight 129, after Rajasthan started at 309 for four, Robin Bist batted well with the tail to make sure they crossed the 500- mark against the 39-time champions for the second time in a row.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan (1st inngs: 530 all out in 152.2 overs) H Kanitkar 141, R Bist 82 not out, D Kulkarni 4 for 110, I Abdulla 3 for 91) vs Mumbai (1st inngs: 104 for 2 off 25 overs) A Nayar batting 32, R Sharma batting 55)