Bengaluru, June 18 (Agency)
Domestic cricket giant Mumbai on Saturday completed the formalities of qualifying for the Ranji Trophy final on the basis of first innings lead on the final day of their semi-final match against Uttar Pradesh here. At the Just Cricket Academy ground here, the 41-time champion team did not give any chance to Uttar Pradesh while maintaining its dominance with the first ball of this match. The match ended in a draw.
After making 393 runs in their first innings, Mumbai took a big lead by bundling Uttar Pradesh’s innings for 180 runs. When the game ended on the fourth day on Friday, Mumbai scored 449 for four on the back of centuries from Yashasvi Jaiswal (181) and Armaan Jaffer (127). By this time, Mumbai’s total lead had increased to 662 runs, which almost sealed Mumbai’s reach in the final.
Play resumed after the lunch session on Saturday as the ground was wet. And Sarfaraz Khan (59 not out) and Shams Mulani (51 not out) continued to take advantage of Uttar Pradesh’s weak bowling. After the completion of half-centuries of both the batsmen, the captains of both the teams agreed to draw the match. Mumbai scored 533 for four in the second innings, taking their total lead to 746 runs. Sarfaraz hit one four and three sixes in his unbeaten knock of 100 balls while Mulani hit six fours in his unbeaten knock of 89 balls. Jaiswal, who scored centuries in both the innings, was adjudged the man of the match. Mumbai will face Madhya Pradesh in the final, which will be played from June 22 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Two former Mumbai players will face off in the final. Mumbai coach Amol Majumdar and Madhya Pradesh coach Chandrakant Pandit have both played for Mumbai.