Mumbai bowlers led by left-arm medium pacer Royston Dias raised the team'S chances of taking the crucial first-innings lead as they reduced Gujarat to 232/8 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match here Thursday.
At stumps, Gujarat still trail by 65 runs and all their hopes are pinned on wicket-keeper Dhruv Raval (60 not out), who showed resistance despite being devoid of partners at the other end.
Mumbai, courtesy all-rounder Shivam Dubey's hundred, had posted 297 in their first essay.
But when the two looked set for a big score, Dias broke the stand as Panchal edged to wicket-keeper Aditya Tare.
From then, the Mumbai bowlers did not look back and kept picking wickets at regular intervals on a greenish Wankhede wicket.
Part-time bowler Jay Bista also chipped in with one wicket.
Gujarat batsmen, apart from B H Merai (4), got starts but failed to convert them into big scores.
Manprit Juneja (37), Rujul Bhatt (41) and Roosh Kalaria (23) were dismissed when they looked set.
Wicket-keeper Raval, on his part, played a composed knock that eight fours and two sixes.
And he would be keen to take his side ahead with the help of the last two batsmen.
In reply, Baroda were 10/0 and have a mountain to climb.
At Rajkot: Saurashtra 521 (Jaydev Shah 165, Aarpit Vasavada 120, Atit Sheth 3-74) versus Baroda 10/0. Baroda trail by 511 runs.
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