Mumbai storm into Ranji Trophy final | Cricket News

BENGALURU: Mumbai batsmen have been unstoppable in the last five days. Only rain could have prevented them from piling further misery on Uttar Pradesh and that is what happened on the final day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal at the Just Cricket ground here on Saturday.
Overnight rain ensured just 71 minutes of play was possible with the last day’s proceedings starting only after lunch. The duration was enough for Sarfaraz Khan (59 no, 100b, 1×4, 3×6) and Shams Mulani (51 no, 89b, 6×4) to help themselves to half-centuries before the 41-time champions declared their second innings at 533/4. Having already booked their slot in the title round on Friday with a massive lead, Mumbai completed their domination in the drawn contest with a 742-run lead.
In the final to be played from Wednesday at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Prithvi Shaw & Co will take on a confident Madhya Pradesh, who beat Bengal by 174 runs in the other last-four contest.
It took Mumbai, who scored 926 runs in two innings, just two days to show UP why they are a domestic powerhouse. Yashasvi Jaiswal (100 & 181), Hardik Tamore (115) and Armaan Jaffer (127) scored centuries, underlining the prowess of a young batting unit, which is upholding the legacy of Mumbai cricket.
Mumbai head coach Amol Mazumdara proven warhorse himself, was visibly pleased with his wards performance.
On entering the final on a record 47th occasion and the form of the team, the Mumbaikar said, “It’s an achievement. Ranji Trophy final is a big occasion for every youngster who comes into the team. I am happy with the form of all the batters and the rest of the team. It’s nice to see batsmen belonging to Generation Next, as you can call it, taking over. In the last couple of games, you have seen the demo of it. ”
Mazumdar, who figured as a player eight times in Mumbai’s title-winning exploits, outlined the process put in place for the team.
“This is a different generation you are dealing with. We haven’t looked at the quarterfinals, semifinals or the final. We have set a process of our own in the dressing room and we would like to follow that till the last ball is bowled in the Ranji Trophy. That was our commitment at the start of the season and we will maintain it, “explained the 47-year-old, who took over the reins this season.
MP ON A ROLL
Going into the final day, Madhya Pradesh were within touching distance of making their first Ranji Trophy final since the 1998-99 season, when they lost to Karnataka. Overnight rain delayed the inevitable but it took them less than 28 overs at the KSCA Alur ground to complete the procedures. Left-arm spinner Kumar Kartikeya was the pick among the bowlers, returning 5 for 67.
Scoreboard
Mumbai (I innings): 393
Uttar Pradesh (I innings): 180
Mumbai (II innings, o / n 449/4): Sarfaraz (not out) 59, Mulani (not out) 51. Extras (B-12; LB-4, NB-4; W-9) 29. Total (4 wkts decl; 156 overs) 533.
Bowling: Dayal 10-1-43-0, Rajpoot 19-4-58-0, Mavi 12-3-36-1, Prince 27-3-92-2, Saurabh 35-6-113-1, Karan 30- 7-84-0, Rinku 12-0-49-0, Samarth 2-0-9-0, Kaushik 9-1-33-0.
Brief scores: Madhya Pradesh: 341 & 281 bt Bengal: 273 & 175 all out in 65.2 overs (o / n 96/4): (Easwaran 78; Kartikeya 5-67, Saransh 2-69, Gaurav 3-19).

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