Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari helped Hyderabad close in on Mumbai's first-innings total, but were unfortunate to miss what would have been well-deserved double centuries, in their Ranji Trophy match in Hyderabad on Monday.
Opener Reddy scored 196 after spending 576 minutes in the middle, while Vihari scored 191 during his 496-minute knock, as Hyderabad finished the third day on 423 for 3 in reply to Mumbai's 443 at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium.
While Reddy hit 27 fours and six while facing 426 balls, Vihari's 331-ball knock was laced with 18 hits to the boundary.
Resuming at the overnight score of 138 for 1, Reddy and Vihari put up a monumental partnership of 386 runs for the second wicket, which pushed the visitors onto the backfoot in the Group A match.
With seven wickets remaining, the hosts are expected to make the required 20 runs and take the crucial first-innings lead.
None of the Mumbai bowlers could make an impact, and struggled to counter the challenge posed by the duo of Reddy and Vihari.
Reddy and one-down bat, Vihari, were overnight 63 and 53, respectively. Both were out in similar fashion, though to different bowlers.
Mumbai: 443 in 126.3 overs
Hyderabad: 423 for 3 in 135 overs (Akshath Reddy 196, Hanuma Vihari 191).