Medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni rescued Mumbai with a brilliant knock of 87 (with 17 fours) as the hosts Karnataka were set a stiff target of 338. Karnataka have been steadied at 135 for 3 with Ganesh Satish on 40 and young gun Manish Pandey racing away to 59. The hosts need 203 more runs to lift the Ranji Trophy Championship for this season.
Mumbai resuming the third day’s play on 108 for 5 ended up with an unexpected 234. The Karnataka fielders dropped quite a lot of easy catches. Overnight batsman Abhishek Nayar was the first to go in the morning for 50 in a stunning manner. The left hander jumped out to smack Sunil Joshi for a boundary towards long on but only to realize that Manish Pandey flew full length to his right to pull off an incredible one-handed catch!
Dhawal Kulkarni, the other overnight batsman was well supported by Ramesh Powar who remained unbeaten on 28. Vinay Kumar finished with 3 for 78 while Abhimanyu Mithun got 6 for 71. In their chase of 338, Karnataka have been put on the backfoot by fast bowler Ajit Agarkar who has taken all the three wickets to fall including that of Skipper Robin Uthappa.