Mumbai: Hard-hitting batsman Saurabh Tiwary (in pic) rescued Jharkhand with a blistering, career-best 175 not out as holders Mumbai lost the plot and allowed the visitors to escape to 262 for 8 on day one of their four-day Ranji Trophy Group A fixture in Mumbai on Friday.
Tiwary slammed eight cleanly-hit sixes and struck 15 fours to send the Mumbai bowling attack scurrying for cover as the hosts, after asking Jharkhand to bat first on a Wankhede Stadium wicket having good bounce, had taken the upper hand before tea by reducing the visitors to 180 for 8. The 23-year-old Jamshedpur-born left hander, who came in when his side was tottering at 13 for 2 in the 7th over, took the Mumbai attack by the scruff of its neck in his 304-minute knock in which he faced 212 balls.
By the end of the day the home team was clueless on how to stop him or break his 82-run 9th wicket partnership with tailender Shiv Shankar Rao (5 not out in 123 minutes). Tiwary struck beautifully as Mumbai went on the defensive by posting all the fielders on the boundary line.