Mumbai Dominate Vidarbha, Rahane Shines with Half-Century

Mumbai Dominate Vidarbha, Rahane Shines with Half-Century

Mumbai’s dominance over Vidarbha continued on the second day of their Ranji Trophy encounter, as they extended their lead to a commanding 260 runs. Resuming on 31 for 3, Vidarbha’s hopes of a competitive total were dashed by a disciplined Mumbai bowling attack.

Dhawal Kulkarni, in his final Ranji Trophy appearance, led the charge with three wickets, including the crucial scalp of in-form Atharva Taide. Shams Mulani and Tanush Kotian shared six wickets between them, as Vidarbha were bundled out for a paltry 105 in just 45.3 overs.

In response, Mumbai’s openers Prithvi Shaw and Bhupen Lalwani fell cheaply, leaving Ajinkya Rahane and Musheer Khan at the crease. The duo initially struggled against the Vidarbha bowlers, but gradually found their rhythm.

Rahane, in particular, showed signs of improvement after a difficult season. He played a series of elegant shots, including a trademark flick through midwicket and a superb square drive, to reach his second half-century of the campaign.

Musheer Khan provided solid support, scoring an unbeaten 51. Together, they put on an unbroken 107-run partnership to guide Mumbai to 141 for 2 at stumps.

With three full days remaining, Mumbai are in a commanding position. Rahane’s return to form and the team’s overall dominance will give them confidence as they look to secure a victory and keep their Ranji Trophy hopes alive.

Mumbai Thump Tamil Nadu by Innings and 70 Runs to Reach Ranji Trophy Final

Mumbai Thump Tamil Nadu by Innings and 70 Runs to Reach Ranji Trophy Final

Mumbai’s relentless lower-order onslaught on day two proved decisive as they crushed Tamil Nadu by an innings and 70 runs in the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy ground.

After Mumbai’s first innings ended at 378, thanks to a 272-run partnership between Tanush Kotian and Tushar Deshpande, Tamil Nadu’s top-order collapsed once again. Shardul Thakur and Mohit Avasthi dismissed Sai Sudharsan, N. Jagadeesan, and Washington Sundar cheaply.

B. Indrajith provided some resistance with a 70-run knock, but his dismissal to Avasthi ended Tamil Nadu’s hopes of making Mumbai bat again. The last five wickets fell for just nine runs, with Shams Mulani and Kotian sharing the spoils.

Mulani finished with figures of 4/53, while Kotian took 2/18. Shardul Thakur was named Player-of-the-Match for his all-round performance, which included a 109-run knock in the first innings and two wickets in the second.

Mumbai’s victory marks their 48th appearance in the Ranji Trophy final, a testament to their dominance in Indian domestic cricket. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, will be left to rue their missed opportunities and inconsistent batting performances.

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