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After stroke-filled centuries by Iyer and Rohit, Lad scores patient 89 to propel Mumbai to 610/9 against UP on Day 2
If the Mumbai team was a classroom, Siddhesh Lad would have been that typical front bench student who does everything the teacher asks of him. He exemplifies that disciplined boy who doesn’t go against the rules, knows his strengths and works around it. And, he keeps everything to the basics. The 40-time Ranji Trophy champions boast of a top order full of aggressive batsmen, right from Akhil Herwadkar to Shreyas Iyer to Suryakumar Yadav to captain Aditya Tare. Amidst this hot-blooded line-up, Lad brings in that calming influence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The calm was for all to see on Sunday. A day after Iyer, Rohit Sharma, Yadav and Herwadkar ran riot with their attacking batting, Lad came up with a patient 89 (176b, 8×4, 1×6) that propelled Mumbai to a huge 610/9 declared against Uttar Pradesh on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy Group B game at the Wankhede. The visitors, in reply, were 51/0 with openers Tanmay Srivastava (30*) and Himanshu Asnora (21*) holding fort. Resuming at the overnight score of 110, Sharma was expected to do what he does best: score a double century. However, it was not to be as the stylish batsman was dismissed by Ankit Rajput in just the third over of the day, giving a simple catch to Suresh Raina at slips.Lad came in with a mission of helping his team reach a mammoth score. The middle-order batsman applied himself well and executed some pleasant off and on drives at regular intervals. He was more at ease compared to Abhishek Nayar, who struggled to rotate strike against chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. Eventually, Nayar was trapped by Yadav while going for a sweep. Lad, at the other end, wasn’t afraid to step out to the spinners and also smashed Chawla over his head for a six. Just when it looked that the youngster will notch up his second hundred of the season, he edged Chawla to Raina. However, Lad said he wasn’t disappointed on missing out on a hundred. “It was a good ball. If the ball would have been bad, I would have been upset. I am happy that we scored 600 plus, which was our target. Yes, I should have converted the score into three figure mark. But I will do better next time,” he said.Lad, who comes in lower down the order, has learnt the art of batting with the tail. “This is what I have done for the last two years. I have the confidence in Shardul Thaukr and Dhawal Kulkarni. They can bat well. I don’t have to do anything extra and play my normal game according to the situation.”ScorecardMumbai 1st innings (O/N: 407/4): R Sharma c Raina b Rajpoot 113, S Lad c Raina b Chawla 89, A Nayar lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 42, D Kulkarni c Dwivedi b P Kumar 12, S Thakur c Kuldeep Yadav b Asnora 56, B Sandhu not out 9, V Dabholkar not out 0; Extras: (LB1, NB5) 6; Total: (9 wickets dec; 153 overs) 610 (3.98 runs per over); Fall of wickets: 5-414 (Sharma, 91.1 ov), 6-504 (Nayar, 125.1 ov), 7-531 (Kulkarni, 133.3 ov), 8-580 (Lad, 145.2 ov), 9-610 (Thakur, 152.5 ov); Bowling: B Kumar 23-3-99-2, P Kumar 30-13-69-1, A Rajpoot 31-3-112-2, Kuldeep Yadav 31-3-165-1, P Chawla 33-0-135-1 (NB5), UA Sharma 4-0-25-1, H Asnora 1-0-4-1Uttar Pradesh 1st innings: T Srivastava batting 30, H Asnora batting 21; Extras: 0; Total: (0 wickets; 27 overs) 51 (1.88 runs per over); Bowling: V Dabholkar 5-3-8-0, S Thakur 5-2-9-0, D Kulkarni 6-1-22-0, BS Sandhu 6-2-7-0, A Nayar 4-0-5-0, R Sharma 1-1-0-0 Jaffer first to cross 10,000 runs in RanjiVidarbha opener Wasim Jaffer on Sunday became the first cricketer in Ranji Trophy history to notch up 10,000 runs on Day Two of their Group A match against Bengal in Kolkata on Sunday. Having made his debut for Mumbai in 1996-97, Jaffer needed eight runs to reach the milestone, which he got with an elegant drive to long off boundary against Bengal seamer Veer Pratap in the penultimate delivery of eighth over.