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Weather holds the key to UP's fortunes

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2011 23:33 IST
Sharad Deep
Sharad Deep
Hindustan Times
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At the end of Day III, the fate of the Uttar Pradesh-Mumbai Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' match hangs in balance with the weather gods set to dictate terms.

Given that 83 overs have been lost over three days, an outcome seems unlikely. And if the UP innings remains incomplete, both teams will have to share four points.

This would be a blow to UP's chances as they are languishing at the fourth spot with 12 points off five matches.

The only way UP can take the first innings lead and garner three points is by playing attacking cricket and overhauling Mumbai's first innings total of 415. For this to happen, the remaining eight batsmen would have to score 249 runs more on the last day as they reached 166/2 in 50 overs at stumps.

Fog led to 37 overs being lost on Thursday as play started after lunch. If the weather continues to play spoilsport on Friday, UP won't have more than 50-55 overs to achieve the target.

Spirited batting
Waking up to the urgency of scoring at a brisk pace, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Parvinder Singh kept UP's hopes alive, stitching together 68 runs for the third wicket.

The former justified his promotion to the opener's slot with a sparkling half century, his season's first.

After being dropped at second slip by Kaustubh Pawar off Dhaval Kulkarni when he was on 27, Bhuvaneshwar didn't look back and hammered the Mumbai bowlers. He got another life on 7 when Abhishek Nayar dropped him at square leg.

Brief scores: Mum 414 v UP 166/2 (B Kumar 61*, P Singh 39*)