Tare: Mumbai not yet in control

Mumbai captain Aditya Tare considered the semifinal against Madhya Pradesh, after the first day, was evenly poised. At stumps, Mumbai was at 327 for 7.

Aditya Tare scored 68, and featured in partnerships of 57with top-scorer Shreyas Iyer, and 65 with the unbeaten Siddhesh Lad.   -  V. Ganesan

Chandrakant Sakure was the most successful bowler for Madhya Pradesh, with four wickets, including three of potent top-order batsmen.   -  V. Ganesan

After an intriguing first day's play of the semifinal that saw Mumbai's batsmen build healthy starts against Madhya Pradesh without running away with the game, its captain Aditya Tare felt the contest was evenly poised.

“We cannot say we are in control. We lost two wickets towards the end,” he said.

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Asked about his fluent innings of 68 here after recovering from a finger injury, Tare said, “I had expected that we would be playing on a green-top. I had prepared accordingly. I worked out a plan.” He added, “There is seam movement and swing for the pacemen. But if you bat well, there are runs to be made too.”

Shreyas Iyer scored an attacking 90, a significant portion of which was in partnership with Tare. "He batted the way he likes to bat, dominating the bowling at No. 3," Tare said.

Suryakumar Yadav’s tweet criticising the Mumbai selectors for the omission of opener Jay Bista for this match has created a controversy, but Mumbai manager Ganesh Iyer said the situation had been addressed suitably. “The issue has been resolved. Suryakumar has been spoken to. The team is united as one.”

For Madhya Pradesh, seamer Chandrakant Sakure impressed with a four-wicket haul. Talking about his journey to the State team, he said, “I come from a place called Barghat near Jabalpur where very little cricket is played. It has been a struggle for me to come up, both financially and in terms of earning recognition.”

Sakure said senior paceman in the side Ishwar Pandey had been a big help for him. He added, “Zaheer Khan is one of my idols. I love the way he thinks out a batsman.” On his bowling here, Sakure said, “There is some help for pacemen. I concentrated on bowling around the off-stump.”

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