New Delhi. Thanks to the centuries of opener Yash Dubey and Shubham Sharma, Madhya Pradesh has pushed Mumbai on the backfoot in the final match of Ranji Trophy-2022. Yash Dubey and Shubham added 222 runs for the second wicket and put Madhya Pradesh in a strong position. Yash and Shubham, playing the final match of this domestic cricket tournament for the first time in their careers, troubled the Mumbai bowlers a lot.
Yash scored 14 fours in his restrained innings of 336 balls. At the same time, Shubham contributed 116 runs in 215 balls with the help of 15 fours and 1 six. Shubham returned to the pavilion on the third day on the team’s score of 269 runs. He was caught by Shams Mulani at the hands of Hardik Tomor. Then Yash Dubey took the innings forward with Rajat Patidar and added 72 runs for the third wicket. By the time Yash got out, Madhya Pradesh’s score had reached 341 runs.
Madhya Pradesh scored 368 for 3 in their first innings till the third day. Now he is just 6 runs behind on the basis of first innings from Mumbai. It is clear from this that Madhya Pradesh will take the lead in the first innings, due to which half of its work will be done. In fact, even if the final match ends in a draw, the team that takes the lead in the first innings will be declared the winner.
Team MP, captained by Aditya Srivastava, will try not only to take the lead, but to take a substantial lead. This will also help him put pressure on Mumbai’s star batsmen like Captain Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Armaan Jaffer, Yashasvi Jaiswal. Now the efforts of the batsmen of Madhya Pradesh will be on increasing the score by playing a little early on the fourth day of the match so that the Mumbai batsmen are given a little chance to play in the second innings.
However, the MP team can also think that after taking a big lead against Mumbai, give it less time in the second innings. With this, the Mumbai batsmen will either try to give the target by scoring runs in their innings, so that the MP bowlers can get wickets. On the other hand, if we wrap up Mumbai’s innings early, then the target will also get less or victory can be ensured only on the basis of the lead. There are still 2 days of play left in the match. Mumbai scored 374 runs in their first innings on the back of Sarfaraz Khan (134) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (78).
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 24, 2022, 17:31 IST