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Mumbai take first innings lead

Mumbai: Mumbai dealt another blow to Bengalís hopes of making the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy when they took a 41-run first innings lead at stumps on Day II at the Wankhede Stadium Sunday. An unbeaten 82 by Nishit Shetty and his unfinished sixth wicket partnership of 106 runs with Vinayak Samant (41) shut out Bengal hopes as the Mumbai team piled up 231 for five.

However, the hosts, resuming at their overnight score of three for one, found themselves in a spot of bother losing half their side for just 125 runs in reply to Bengalís first innings score of 190.

Left-handed Shetty, playing only his third first-class match came up with the solid knock off 153 balls to steer Mumbai to safety.

The day started badly for Mumbai when medium-pacer Laxmi Ratan Shukla removed former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer for eight.

Skipper Paras Mhambrey scored 44 while A. Velaskar managed only nine.

Rohan, Lakshmi called

Meanwhile, captain Rohan Gavaskar and Shukla were called by the Match Referee at the end of the dayís play for over-reacting on field, a Staff Reporter from Calcutta adds. The team management informed that the players lost their heads a bit after three very good shouts were negated by the umpires. The umpiring on the first day had also displeased the visitors and they had lodged an official complaint to the Match Referee. (PTI)

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