Mumbai Dominate Vidarbha, Rahane Shines with Half-Century

Mumbai Dominate Vidarbha, Rahane Shines with Half-Century

Mumbai's dominance over Vidarbha continued on the second day of their Ranji Trophy encounter, as they extended their lead to a commanding 260 runs. Resuming on 31 for 3, Vidarbha's hopes of a competitive total were dashed by a disciplined Mumbai bowling attack.

Dhawal Kulkarni, in his final Ranji Trophy appearance, led the charge with three wickets, including the crucial scalp of in-form Atharva Taide. Shams Mulani and Tanush Kotian shared six wickets between them, as Vidarbha were bundled out for a paltry 105 in just 45.3 overs.

In response, Mumbai's openers Prithvi Shaw and Bhupen Lalwani fell cheaply, leaving Ajinkya Rahane and Musheer Khan at the crease. The duo initially struggled against the Vidarbha bowlers, but gradually found their rhythm.

Rahane, in particular, showed signs of improvement after a difficult season. He played a series of elegant shots, including a trademark flick through midwicket and a superb square drive, to reach his second half-century of the campaign.

Musheer Khan provided solid support, scoring an unbeaten 51. Together, they put on an unbroken 107-run partnership to guide Mumbai to 141 for 2 at stumps.

With three full days remaining, Mumbai are in a commanding position. Rahane's return to form and the team's overall dominance will give them confidence as they look to secure a victory and keep their Ranji Trophy hopes alive.

Tags: #RanjiTrophy, #Mumbai, #Vidarbha, #DhawalKulkarni, #ShamsMulani

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