After ball fire, Mundhe shows bat power
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With Maharashtra tottering at 109 for six, captain Motwani and Shrikant Mundhe came together and stitched a valuable partnership of 98 runs and took Maharashtra to the 200 run-mark. Motwani who compiled a watchful 44, fell prey to a ball that stayed low and hit his pad. Mundhe perished against Rangarajan, caught behind. Maharashtra folded up for 233 and will have an uphill task to restrict Tamil Nadu to a manageable total On Monday.
The wicket which was slow on day one, seemed to have deteriorated with the ball rearing up and also keeping very low. "It was a very difficult wicket to bat on. Scoring is quite tough on this wicket. It is important for batsmen to put away loose balls rather than trying to manufacture shots," said Mundhe. He said he found it easy to play the spinners. "I could go back and use the slowness of the wicket to my advantage. However with the ball rearing up, its going to be a very tough wicket to bat on,"he said.
Captain Motwani said that 200 would be an ideal target to chase but also indicated that his bowlers would need to deliver tomorrow. "The wicket is very unpredictable. It's breaking up and if the bowlers can manage to hit the right areas, we are in with a chance," he said.
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