Ranji Trophy: Siddhesh Lad scored critical 71 as Mumbai pull opposite Baroda

Middle-order batman Siddhesh, whose 238-ball 71* saw Mumbai eke out a pull opposite Baroda yesterday, says his aim was to safeguard 41-time champs didn’t remove their landmark 500th Ranji tie

Mumbai’s middle-order batsman Siddhesh Lad had only one lakshya or aim when he went out to bat in a second innings opposite Baroda in a Ranji Trophy Group ‘C’ tie during a Wankhede Stadium yesterday — not to let a 41-time Ranji champs down in their landmark 500th tie. And that’s accurately what he achieved with a dirty 238-ball 71 not out, sweating it out in a center for 5 hours. Incidentally, Lad’s mobile phone tourist balance plays a lines ‘tujhe ab ye dikhana hai, lakshya ko paana hai (you have to grasp your aim during all costs) from a 2004 Hrithik Roshan-starrer, Lakshya.

Mumbai's Siddhesh Lad pierces a packaged close-in margin on Day 4 of a Ranji Trophy compare opposite Baroda yesterday Pics/Suresh Karkera
Mumbai’s Siddhesh Lad pierces a packaged close-in margin on Day 4 of a Ranji Trophy compare opposite Baroda yesterday Pics/Suresh Karkera

Lad, who transposed Ajinkya Rahane (45) around an hour before lunch, went on tack 3 match-saving partnerships, with Suryakumar Yadav (44), Abhishek Nayar (8) and Dhawal Kulkarni (2) as Mumbai, who resumed a final day on 102 for 4 and trailed by 302 runs, finished a compare on 260 for seven. The 25-year-old Borivli proprietor anchored things perfectly. He scored his initial 9 runs off 57 balls and common 79 runs for a sixth wicket with Yadav during lunch. Lad reached his half-century with dual uninterrupted cover expostulate bounds off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh. Then, a cadence of luck, saw him tarry on 57, when he was held during brief mid-wicket by Sagar Mangalorkar off Swapnil before a third referee announced it a no-ball. Mumbai were 236 for 6 off 90.1 overs during this stage. Lad consumed another 30 balls to pierce to 67 and afterwards strike a block expostulate range off Swapnil.

Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (left) with Lad
Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare (left) with Lad

“I told myself that by offshoot or limb we have to save this compare since this is Mumbai’s 500th diversion and everybody is awaiting large from us. So, we focused on any and each round and managed to grasp my target,” Lad, who done his first-class entrance 5 years ago and has amassed 2497 runs during an normal of 42.32 in 36 matches, told mid-day later. Nayar and Kulkarni also played pivotal roles. Nayar, batted for dual and half hours, confronting 108 balls for his eight. Lad and Nayar’s 50-run mount for a seventh wicket pennyless a visitors’ back. After Nayar’s depart Kulkarni afterwards gave Lad association for roughly an hour, as they negotiated 9 close-in fielders around a bat.

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