Pressing hard for a victory, Mumbai, after taking a 60-run first innings lead against Madhya Pradesh, were 192 for five at stumps on the third and penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter at the Holkar Stadium here on Monday.
Mumbai have an overall lead of 252 with Abhishek Nayar batting on 26 in the company of Ankeet Chavan.
Earlier in the morning, Madhya Pradesh, resuming at their overnight score of 191 for five, were all out for 244, giving the visitors the first innings lead. Overnight batsmen Satyam Choudhary (76) and Harpreet Singh (50) were sent back to the pavilion soon and the tailenders did not offer much resistance.
Choudhary added only three to his overnight score of 73 before being done in by a slower one from Ajit Agarkar, who took a simple return catch.
Former India U-19 player Harpreet played well for his half-century and hit 10 fours. However, a wrong judgement led to his dismissal. Nayar angled the ball across to the left-hander, who shouldered arms. Unfortunately for him, the ball jagged back and clipped the bails.
MP folded up before lunch, their last five wickets falling for just 46 runs. Anand Rajan got a bad decision from umpire Nanda Kishore, who adjudged him caught behind off Nayar when the ball was nowhere near his bat. Javed Khan then polished off the Nos 10 and 11 in a flash to give Mumbai a chance.
Mumbai began their second essay on a positive note. First innings centurion Kaushubh Pawar was slow off the blocks while Aditya Tare went after the bowling.
Tare scored 42 off 44 deliveries with six fours and a six in a first wicket partnership of 69. Wasim Jaffer (67) was at his elegant best, picking up 13 fours in his knock.
Hiken Shah and Suryakumar Yadav perished without making much impact. It is now left to Nayar to take Mumbai to a healthy total at a rapid pace and then try and bowl out the hosts if they want to post victory.
Mumbai 1st innings: 304
Madhya Pradesh 1st innings (O/N 191/5): S Choudhary c&b Agarkar 76, Harpreet Singh b Nayar 50, Ankit Sharma not out 19, Anand Rajan c Tare b Nayar 1, Amarjeet Singh c Yadav b J Khan 0, I Pandey c Tare b J Khan 0
Extras: (8LB, 6W, 2NB) 16
Total (all out, 78.5 overs) 244
Fall of wickets: 5-154, 6-198, 7-241, 8-243, 9-244
Bowling: Z Khan 21-3-72-1 (1W), A Agarkar 18-5-54-3, J Khan 16.5-2-43-2 (2NB), A Chavan 3-0-12-0, A Nayar 16-2-46-3 (1W), I Abdulla 4-1-9-1
Mumbai 2nd innings: K Pawar lbw b A Singh 27, A Tare c Birla b Pandey 42, W Jaffer c Saxena b H Singh 67, H Shah c Saxena b A Singh 18, A Nayar batting 26, S Yadav b Pandey 5, A Chavan batting 2
Extras: (1LB, 1W, 3NB) 5
Total (for 5 wkts, 63 overs) 192
Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-85, 3-159, 4-164, 5-187
Bowling: I Pandey 22-6-63-2, A Rajan 14-6-45-0 (3NB, 1W), A Singh 17-5-51-2, A Sharma 1-0-11-0, H Singh 6-0-15-1, J Saxena 3-0-6-0