Mumbai: Mumbai assured themselves of a place in the Ranji Trophy’s last-four stage after bundling out Baroda for 271 before extending their lead to 545 runs on the fourth and penultimate day of their quarter final clash here on Wednesday.
Even if the match ends in a draw on Thursday, Mumbai, who were 171/1 at stumps, will qualify for the next stage due to their huge first innings lead.
Baroda needed another 175 runs to avoid the follow on and trailed by 374 runs when their innings wrapped up nine minutes before the end of first session. The host captain Ajit Agarkar decided against imposing the follow on.
First innings centurion Wasim Jaffer became the second player to accumulate more than 9,000 runs and is 97 runs behind former Mumbai player Amol Muzumdar (9,105 runs) in the overall tally. He scored 33 before being trapped lbw by Ambati Rayudu.
In another game, Saurashtra run machine Cheteshwar Pujara hammered an unbeaten 261 to help his side amass 463 for three in their second innings on the penultimate day.
Saurashtra had made 469 all out in their first innings and then bowled out Karnataka for 396, thus taking a vital 73-run lead.
In Jamshedpur: Jharkhand 401. Punjab 435/3 (T. Kohli 151 batting, J. Singh 131)
In Mumbai: Mumbai 645/9 decl. & 171/1 (K. Pawar 70 batting, H. Shah 65 batting).Baroda 271
In Rajkot: Saurashtra 469 & 463/3 (C. Pujara 261 batting). Karnataka 396
All matches to continue unless otherwise mentioned