New Delhi. Madhya Pradesh defeated Punjab by 10 wickets in the fourth quarter-final of the Ranji Trophy to secure a place in the semi-finals. It will be after 6 years, when the team of Madhya Pradesh will be seen playing the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy. The last time Madhya Pradesh had to face defeat at the hands of Mumbai in the semi-finals of Ranji Trophy was in 2016. Madhya Pradesh is the third team to reach the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy. Earlier, Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh made it to the last-4 by winning their respective quarterfinal matches.
This success is also special for Madhya Pradesh, because in this match the team had landed without its two star players. Team’s pacer Avesh Khan and all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer have been selected in Team India for the 5 T20 series against South Africa. In such a situation, both of them were not part of the Madhya Pradesh team in this match. Despite this, Madhya Pradesh defeated Punjab and cut the ticket for the semi-finals. Now in the semi-final, Madhya Pradesh will compete with the winning team of the ongoing match between Bengal-Jharkhand.
Powerful performance of MP bowlers
The bowlers played an important role in Madhya Pradesh’s victory in the quarter-final match against Punjab. In the first innings, where Puneet Date and Anubhav Agarwal laid the foundation for victory by dismissing the Punjab team early, in the second innings spin bowlers Kumar Karthikeya and Sarshan Jain showed a strong game and played an important role in helping the team win by 10 wickets. Kumar Karthikeya took 6 wickets for 50 runs in 34 overs in the second innings. Summary Jain also got 4 wickets in his account.
Shubham Sharma scored a brilliant century
Batting first in the quarter-final match, Punjab scored 219 runs in the first innings. In response, Madhya Pradesh scored 397 runs in the first innings thanks to Shubham Sharma’s 102 runs and took a 178-run lead against Punjab. In the second innings also, the bowlers of Madhya Pradesh bowled brilliantly and did not allow Punjab to score big. The entire team of Punjab could only score 203 runs in the second innings. Madhya Pradesh got the target of 26 runs. Which he achieved without losing any wicket and made it to the semi-finals for the first time since 2016.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 15:17 IST