An unbeaten century by Ajit Agarkar and a plucky 52 not out from Iqbal Abdulla bailed Mumbai out of a precarious situation on the third day of their Super League encounter against Himachal.
Resuming at 76 for no loss, the defending champions lost four wickets before lunch, before Agarkar and Abdulla steadied the ship. Chasing 252 for an outright win, Himachal were four for no loss at stumps.
Having conceded a first innings deficit, the defending champions were aiming for an outright victory, but their top order crumbled incredulously for the second time on a wicket that assisted spinners.
After their flawless batting on Wednesday, it seemed Sahil Kukreja and Ajinkya Rahane would score big. But that was not to be. Facing his first ball of the day, Kukreja left a Vikramjeet Malik delivery that held its line, clipping the bails on its way. Malik extracted plenty of zip and picked his second wicket when he trapped Rahane leg before.