Rahane spells double trouble for Hyderabad
Ajinkya Rahane was due for a big score this season. If the Hyderabad bowlers had a prayer on their lips, the 21-year-old definitely paid no heed as he smashed an unbeaten 265 on Thursday, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 00:02 IST
Ajinkya Rahane was due for a big score this season. If the Hyderabad bowlers had a prayer on their lips, the 21-year-old definitely paid no heed as he smashed an unbeaten 265 on Thursday. He carted the Hyderabad attack to all corners of the park before Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer ended their misery, declaring the innings just before tea.
Jaffer, on his part, also reached another century (107 no). The duo added 236 runs for the second wicket, helping Mumbai to 521 for 2, a lead of 255.
At stumps on the third day, Hyderabad were 63 for one in their second essay with Shashank Nag (22) and Amol Shinde (2) in the middle. Hyderabad have no one but themselves to blame for being in this situation. They looked down and out after lunch, and it was the lack of intensity on their part that saw Rahane and Jaffer smash 141 runs in 24 overs of the second session.
Earlier, Rahane’s overnight partner, Sahil Kukreja, also scored his first century of the season. He, however, fell immediately after reaching the three-figure mark. That, however, provided little respite to the hosts as Jaffer walked in, and shared a big partnership with Rahane, who smashed 23 fours and two sixes in his 382-ball knock.
Prior to that, Rahane had already shared a 258-run partnership with Sahil Kukreja, a record at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal.
Mumbai coach Pravin Amre said the batsmen had done their job and it was now for the bowlers to take the team to victory.
“It was a superb innings from Rahane. So far we have played as per the plan. But we still need to put in a lot of hard work on the final day as the wicket is not giving much assistance to the bowlers,” said Amre.
Brief Scores: Hyderabad 266 & 63-1 (D Rushi Raj 29, PS Nag unbeaten 22; R Powar 1-6) vs Mumbai 521-2 (A Rahane 265*, S Kukreja 122, W Jaffer unbeaten 107; M Arjun 2-91).