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Iyer keeps Mumbai alive

Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer made a fine half-century to keep multiple-time champions Mumbai in the hunt after the title holders conceded the first innings lead to Gujarat in the summit clash of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament on January 12.

Iyer keeps Mumbai alive
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Shreyas Iyer

Indore

Iyer made 82 off 137 deliveries with the help of nine boundaries and two sixes as Mumbai reached 208 for three in their second innings to take a handy lead of 108 runs at stumps on day three of the five-day encounter. Besides Iyer, young Prithvi Shaw, who made 71 in the first innings, smashed a quickfire 44 off 35 balls upfront. 

Shaw and Akhil Herwadkar (16) got Mumbai off to a quick start in the second essay with 54-run opening stand before medium pacer Chintan Gaja (3/54) picked up both the Mumbai batsmen in quick succession. Gaja first accounted for Herwadkar in the 10th over and then induced an edge from the dangerous-looking Shaw in the 14th over which Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel accepted with both hands.

BRIEF SCORES: Mumbai 228 & 208/3 in 67 overs (Shreyas Iyer 82, Suryakumar Yadav 45*, Prithvi Shaw 44, Chintan Gaja 3/54) vs Gujarat 328 (Parthiv Patel 90, Manprit Juneja 77, Shardul Thakur 4/84).

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