Mumbai in command after Nayar, Tare fifties

Mumbai 406 (Tare 83, Suryakumar 73, Nayar 58, Shardul 52, Shankar 4-59) lead Tamil Nadu 305 (Indrajith 64, Shankar 50, Gandhi 50, Nayar 4-66, Thakur 4-75) by 101 runs

File photo: Aditya Tare top scored for Mumbai with 83 off 181 balls © AFP

Captain Aditya Tare and Abhishek Nayar, Mumbai’s chief crisis managers this season, roused the lower middle order with a 121-run stand to nudge their team past Tamil Nadu’s first-innings total. Once the primary target of 306 was achieved, Mumbai’s lower order, piloted by Shardul Thakur‘s half-century, proceeded to drive the lead past 100, and left Tamil Nadu jaded and in despair.

Thakur first shared a 44-run partnership with Balwinder Sandhu (32) for the eighth wicket before adding 14 runs in the company of Akshay Girap. Thakur continued to grind it out with the last man, Vijay Gohil, and completed his fifth first-class fifty. He put on 27 runs with Gohil, who resisted 36 balls for one run.

Full report to follow

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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