Mumbai’s strong start in the title match against Madhya Pradesh, Jaiswal and Shaw at the crease

41-time champions Mumbai have won the toss and elected to bat in the Ranji Trophy final against Madhya Pradesh in their first title hunt. The Madhya Pradesh team led by Aditya Srivastava has entered the title match with a change.

Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh Final – Day 1 (1st session)

Mumbai’s opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and captain Prithvi Shaw have given the team a strong start. Batting first, Mumbai team scored 37 runs in 10 overs without losing any wicket.

Prithvi Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal come out to open the innings. Jaiswal is in excellent form. He scored a century in both the innings of the semi-final against Uttar Pradesh.

Statements of both the captains after the toss in the final

Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai Captain) – We will bat first. It looks like a good wicket and I have played red ball cricket here, it is a matter of one and a half hours, then it will be better to bat. We have come to play with the quarter and semi-final team only. Everyone is doing good work, youth are doing well too. Scoring runs and taking wickets. 5-6 years back I was playing final against Gujarat, it is great and proud to captain Mumbai in final.

Aditya Srivastava (Captain of Madhya Pradesh) We wanted to bat first. It is a five-day game and we will try to get them out cheaply. The emotion is definitely high, but the work is not done yet. There is a change in the team. This is a very balanced team. We are doing very well as a team and are confident.

Mumbai vs Madhya Pradesh Final Playing XI

Mumbai: Prithvi Shaw (capt), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Armaan Jaffer, Suved Parkar, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardik Tamor (wk), Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Awasthi

Madhya Pradesh: Yash Dubey, Himanshu Mantri (Wicketkeeper), Shubham S Sharma, Rajat Patidar, Aditya Srivastava (Captain), Akshat Raghuvanshi, Parth Sahni, Sarshan Jain, Kumar Karthikeya, Anubhav Agarwal, Gaurav Yadav,

Mumbai have always had a formidable batting line-up which can trouble the opposition but this time its two spinners, left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (37 wickets and 292 runs) and off-spinner Tanush Kotian (18 wickets and 236 runs) bowled. Not only did he perform well in batting as well. Madhya Pradesh, however, has been one of the best team in recent times and it is only through disciplined performance under Pandit’s supervision that they have reached the finals of tournaments like Ranji Trophy.

In the absence of Venkatesh Iyer in batting and fast bowler Avesh Khan in bowling, players like Kumar Karthikeya, Himanshu Mantri and Akshat Raghuvanshi played their roles well. Apart from these, Mumbai will have to be most cautious of Rajat Patidar who is capable of turning the match around with his batting. Madhya Pradesh have two good spinners in Karthikeya and Sarshan Jain who can create trouble for Mumbai’s strong batting.

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