New Delhi: Baroda are edging ahead as they were in complete control at the end of Day 3 of their Ranji Trophy league match against Mumbai. With just one day left in the match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the hosts are still trailing by 302 runs and only have six wickets left in the bag as they go into the final day of the game on Sunday.
Swapnil Singh broke an eleven-year jinx as he scored his maiden first-class ton, a knock of 164 without a blemish, to help Baroda take a massive first innings lead of 404 runs.
And then Baroda had the hosts and 41-time champions on the ropes at 102 for 4, with Mumbai needing plenty more runs more to avoid an embarrassing innings defeat in their landmark 500th Ranji game. Overnight not out on 63 in a team score of 376 for four in reply to the hosts’ meagre 171, Swapnil grinded the hapless Mumbai attack relentlessly during a stay of five minutes under seven hours as Baroda reached 575 for 9 before applying the declaration.
The bearded Swapnil, bowling left-arm spin, then produced a ripper to clean bowl young Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw for 56, the ball pitching outside the leg and zooming to tilt the middle stump as the batsman offered a defensive shot. (With PTI inputs)