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Pankaj Singh wreaks havoc against Mumbai

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 13:46 hrs
Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik

Jaipur: India discard Pankaj Singh wreaked havoc scalping six for 64 as Rajasthan bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 252 on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

At stumps, Rajasthan were 17 without loss with openers Aakash Chopra (5 batting) and Vineet Saxena (12 batting) at crease.

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Earlier, Wasim Jaffer's decision to bat first backfired badly as opener Omkar Gurav (0) was snapped by wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani off Pankaj in the third over of the day.

Pankaj and Deepak Chahar bowled in right areas as Mumbai batsmen were under pressure from the very first over of the day.

Ajinkya Rahane (60, 89 balls, 10x4) played some fluent strokes while Sahil Kukreja (10) was struggling at the other end. The burly opener's 71-minute vigil ended when Pankaj cleaned him up.

One change medium pacer Sumit Mathur put Rajasthan in command when he castled rival skipper Jaffer (0) to reduce Mumbai to 53 for three.

Rohit Sharma (21, 21 balls, 4x4) hit four sweetly timed boundaries but played to a wrong line as he was bowled by Pankaj.

Rajasthan's find of the season Deepak Chahar then got into the act as he dismissed the in-form Rahane caught by Jhalani. At 116 for five, veteran Ajit Agarkar (36) and Abhishek Nayar (60) did some repair work with a 61-run stand.

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Agarkar finally became Pankaj's fourth victim when he was caught by Rashmi Ranjan Parida. The experienced medium-pacer completed his 12th five-wicket haul when he got Iqbal Abdulla to nick one to Jhalani behind stumps.

Nayar was finally out with the team's score at 216. It was Ramesh Powar (25, 4x4) who played a gutsy little innings as Mumbai crossed the 250-run mark.

However the task is cut out for Mumbai bowlers as they don't have a really big score to defend.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 252 (A Rahane 60, A Nayar 60, P Singh 6/64). Rajasthan 17/0.


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