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Tiwary batting on 175

Mumbai: Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary hit a blistering, career-best unbeaten 175 as holders Mumbai lost the plot and allowed the visitors to escape to 262 for eight on Day I of their Ranji Trophy Group A match, here, on Friday.

Tiwary slammed eight sixes and 15 boundaries in 304 minutes, facing 212 balls, to send the Mumbai bowling attack scurrying for cover at the Wankhede.

Tiwary was the saviour for his team after they were reduced to 180 for eight at one stage.

Tiwary, who has played for the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL and is well acquainted with the Wankhede Stadium, registered his 10 th first class hundred after all the other top order batsmen found the going tough against the Mumbai pace and spin attack.

Medium pacer Javed Khan was the most successful bowler with four for 61.

Mumbai were on top in the first session though Tiwary was already in his elements driving and flicking the bowling around to be unbeaten on 54 in a team score of 100 for four in 34 overs.

In another Group A match, Virender Sehwag's awful form continued, but Mithun Manhas (92) and Rajat Bhatia (batting 71) struck half-centuries to ensure that Delhi reach a respectable 268 for six against Odisha, here, on Friday.

Delhi's top-order came a cropper as Sehwag failed to open his account, young Unmukt Chand managed only three runs and Gautam Gambhir scored just 32.

Summarised Scores

Group A

In Mohali: Punjab 184 (M. Singh 56; S. Wagh 3/34). Vidarbha 75/1.

In Mumbai: Jharkhand 262/8 (S. Tiwary batting 175; J. Khan 4/56) vs Mumbai

In Rohtak: Haryana 247 (N. Saini 109; S. Binny 3/43). Karnataka 18 for no loss

In Sambalpur: Delhi 268/6 (M. Manhas 92, R. Bhatia batting 71) vs Odisha

Group B

In Chennai: Baroda 162 (R. Shah 4/49). Tamil Nadu 5 for no loss.

In Ghaziabad: Services 164 (RP Singh 3/38). U.P. 86/3.

In Gwalior: M.P. 115 (P. Singh 5/30). Rajasthan 115/3.

Group C

In Guwahati: Assam 236/8 (S. Mohammed batting 90; Gadekar 4/28) vs Goa

In Pune: J&K 85 (S. Fallah 4/32). Maharashtra 185/2 (H. Khadiwale batting 79).

In Kannur: Kerala 214 (V. Manoharan 71; V. Bhatia 5/63). H.P. 164/5

In Uppal: Tripura 285/2 (M. Singh batting 140) vs Hyderabad.

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