Mumbai shown no Love on Day 2
After Zaheer Khan sparkled in the first innings of his comeback match it was the turn of another comeback man, Love Ablish to make his presence felt, reports Vinod Kumar.india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 14:49 IST
After Zaheer Khan sparkled in the first innings of his comeback match it was the turn of another comeback man, Love Ablish to make his presence felt. The Punjab pacer, playing his first Ranji game after his return to the BCCI fold from ICL, returned with impressive figures of 4 for 54 to restrict Mumbai to 244 for 7 at close on the second day.
Defending 259, the Punjab bowlers fared well against the strong Mumbai batting line-up. All the top Mumbai batsmen, except Sahil Kukreja and Abhishek Nayar, struggled for runs.
Ablish provided the breakthrough on the last ball of his first over by disturbing Wasim Jaffer’s stumps. The Mumbai skipper made four. Ajinkya Rahane couldn’t do much as he was snapped behind the wicket off Ablish. Soon, Ablish scalped Rohit Sharma leaving the visiting team tottering at 65 for 3 in 22.4 overs.
Rohit (23) added 51 runs for the third wicket with Sahil Kukreja before being caught brilliantly at gully by Rahul Sharma. Kukreja alongwith all-rounder Abhishek Nayar stemmed the fall of wickets. Just when it appeared that both will take the game away from the home team, Ablish sent Kukreja packing on 90 just before the tea break.
Later, Gony sent Nayar (53) back to pavilion on the first ball after tea with the scoreboard reading 188 for 5.
After his dismissal Mumbai put on 56 runs more to push the score to 244 for 7.