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Suresh Raina propels Rest

Mumbai: Suresh Raina on Thursday sent a timely reminder to the selectors for his Test recall with a brilliant century to help Rest of India post an imposing score of 526.

However, Mumbai replied strongly, reaching 155 for two at the end of the second day of the Irani Cup match here.

Raina, ignored for the Test series against England, scored 134 — his 11th first class century — off 169 balls, hitting 14 boundaries and five sixes.

The in-form Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer led the home team’s reply with a half-century. At stumps, the hosts were 371 runs behind Rest with Ajinkya Rahane (55) and night watchman Shardul Thakur (4) at the crease.

Jaffer, who scored over 800 runs this season in Ranji Trophy, struck a fluent 80 before being caught by Ambati Rayudu off Sreesanth. He put on a partnership of 132 runs for the second wicket with Rahane.

Earlier, Raina added 153 runs off 172 balls in a punishing seventh wicket stand with Abhimanyu Mithun. Mithun made 51 and hit nine fours and a six.

Mumbai secured a wicket early on in the fifth over of the day when Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed Harbhajan Singh (16).

However, the bowlers could not take an advantage of an early breakthrough. The home team's wayward bowling was torn to shreds by Raina and Mithun.

Raina played the spinners with ease and raced from 50 to his 100 in just 37 balls. He became the second Rest batsman to score a century after opener Murali Vijay’s 116 on Wednesday.

Raina hit Rohit Sharma for three boundaries in an over to start the run-spree while Mithun struck Chavan for a huge six over mid-wicket.

The 100 of the partnership came up in just 97 minutes after Raina reached his personal milestone in 140 balls.