Sarfaraz Khan took a single off R Sai Kishore, jumped within the air, waved his bat in direction of the Mumbai dressing room and screamed, “Come on boys, come on…”
He adopted it up by executing Sidhu Moosewala’s signature step – smacking his thigh and pointing his finger in direction of the sky – on the Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday as Mumbai rode on his elegant 162 to take a mammoth 337-run lead in a Ranji Trophy fixture towards Tamil Nadu.
Mumbai had misplaced its top-three batters when Sarfaraz walked out to bat on Tuesday afternoon, and with Tamil Nadu’s pacers bowling short-pitched deliveries, not many anticipated Mumbai to show the tide and finish its first innings at 481. However Sarfaraz and Tanush Kotian made it occur!
Resuming with a slender lead of 39, Sarfaraz and Kotian (71, 114b, 8×4, 1×6) took classes from the opening day and backed themselves earlier than forging a 167-run partnership for the seventh wicket in 202 balls.
Sarfaraz began the proceedings with a boundary in direction of the third man to deliver up his half-century. In a baffling determination, Tamil Nadu launched Ashwin Crist, who ripped aside Mumbai’s top-order on the opening day, solely within the eleventh over, and by then Sarfaraz and Kotian had settled in.
During the last couple of seasons, Sarfaraz has been Mumbai’s run machine and issues have been no totally different this time round as he scored his twelfth first-class century – ninth for Mumbai – making the Tamil Nadu bowlers wrestle to search out breakthroughs.
Nonetheless, some time earlier than lunch, Kotian was run out and shortly after, Tushar Deshpande was caught behind by N. Jagadeesan off a Sai Kishore supply as Mumbai misplaced a few fast wickets. However Sarfaraz stood agency to make sure there have been no additional slip-ups earlier than lunch.
Within the second session, simply earlier than Sarfaraz Khan reached his 150, there was a run-out scare.
However because the third umpire’s determination went in favour of the house group, Sarfaraz raised his bat amid loud cheers from his team-mates. He waved the willow in direction of his father and coach Naushad Khan, who watched the proceedings from the membership lawns, after which went on bolstering the innings with Mohit Avasthi, earlier than being caught behind off a H Trilok Nag supply.
Mumbai was 389 for 9 then, however Avasthi, who introduced up his first first-class half-century, added 92 runs for the last-wicket partnership with Siddharth Raut and put Tamil Nadu on the mat.
Proving that there have been no demons within the pitch, the tail-enders scripted a story of success and helped the house facet lengthen its lead earlier than Avasthi was caught by covers off a L Vignesh supply for 69.
After Tamil Nadu bowlers did not capitalise on begin, the visiting facet had a frightening process within the second innings, however the openers as soon as once more did not hold going as Jagadeesan nicked a Deshpande supply, providing a catch to Yashasvi Jaiswal at third slip after a 28-ball-27 run knock.
Although Deshpande and Avasthi bowled on the proper size, Tamil Nadu managed to finish the day at 62/1, with B Sai Sudarshan (16) and Baba Aparajith (18) remaining unbeaten. Trailing by 275 runs, Tamil Nadu has a mountain to climb, and it will be hoping to take classes from the primary innings and present some may.
Forward of this sport, there have been apprehensions of self-doubt creeping within the Mumbai camp after its defeat towards Saurashtra within the final outing, however profiting from the house situations, the gamers have proved their captain Ajinkya Rahane’s pre-match feedback true: “such questions are irrelevant”!