Over the last decade or so, Mumbai, despite the maidans not producing international cricketers, have maintained their supremacy as the domestic powerhouse. And one of the prime reasons is their tail wags more often than not.
The lower order batsmen bailed them out on Sunday as they surpassed Rajasthan's first innings score of 530 in the Super League Group A tie and earned three valuable points.Abhishek Nayar, who returned to bat after being forced to retire due to dehydration on Saturday and registered his maiden Ranji double ton, was the deserving man of the match.
But the stars of the day were Dhawal Kulkarni and Iqbal Abdulla. When they took guard at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai were 439 for five, 92 runs away from Rajasthan's total. Kulkarni relieved his junior days as a top-order batsman on the local circuit.
Kulkarni fell with Mumbai 11 runs away but Nayar guided the team to the target, reaching his double century in the company of last man Murtuza Hussain.