Saurashtra on course to take first-innings lead

Rajkot: Sheldon Jackson hit a stroke-filled 85 to put Saurashtra on the verge of securing a vital first innings lead against Mumbai on the second day of their Elite Group B Ranji Trophy match here on Wednesday.

Saurashtra bundled out Mumbai for 262 and then rode on Jackson’s gritty 85 to end the second day at 257/6, as they trail by just five runs.

Saurshtra skipper Arpit Vasavada (46) and Chirag Jani (45 not out) also made valuable contributions to take the game away from the 41-time Ranji champion.

Saurashtra lost opener Snell Patel (4) early. Then Mumbai offie Shashank Attarde gave a double-blow to the hosts removing another opener Harvik Desai (33) and Divyaraj Chauhan (22) in quick succession to leave them teetering at 73-3.

Then Jackson and Vasavada began the rescue act by stitching a 82-run stand for the fourth wicket. After playing patiently, Vasavada upped the ante.

However, left-arm pacer Royston Dias trapped Vasavada in front of the wicket as he brought Mumbai back into the game.

Mankad (1) too fell cheaply as Saurashtra lost half their side at 173. The fall of wickets did not deter Jackson from playing his shots even as he found an able partner in Jani, who held one end up. Jackson in his 151-balls innings hammered 10 fours and one hit over the fence.

He, however missed a deserving hundred, after edging one from Bhoir to wicket-keeper Tare at the fag end of the day.