Disciplined bowling of Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai’s 248 runs for five wickets

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Bengaluru, Jun 22 (PTI) Star-studded Mumbai team could only manage 248 for five in their first innings on the first day of the Ranji Trophy final here on Wednesday in the face of disciplined performance by Madhya Pradesh bowlers.

Captain Prithvi Shaw (47 off 79 balls) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (78 off 163 balls) put on 87 runs for the first wicket but Mumbai failed to capitalize on a good start on a pitch where shots are not easy to play.

Mumbai’s hopes of scoring 400-plus in the first innings now rest on the most successful batsman of the season, Sarfaraz Khan, who scored 40 off 125 balls at the end of the day’s play. At the other end, Shams Mulani is supporting him by scoring 12 runs in 43 balls.

Left-arm spinner Kumar Karthikeya bowled 31 overs and took one wicket for 91 runs. Fast bowler Gaurav Yadav (68 runs without a wicket in 25 overs) put constant pressure on the Mumbai batsmen but the wicket did not go in their account.

Fast bowler Anubhav Agarwal took 2 for 56 while off-spinner Saransh Jain took 2 for 31.

Prithvi won the toss and decided to bat first and then along with Jaiswal got the team off to a good start.

Madhya Pradesh opened the bowling with Karthikeya but both Jaiswal and Prithvi hit the left-arm spinner for sixes.

Both the fast bowlers Anubhav and Gaurav found movement in the air amidst the clouds in the sky. Both also made the ball swing from the pitch on both sides.

The best over of the day was the 12th over of Mumbai’s innings in which Gaurav troubled Prithvi five times in six balls. He put the Mumbai captain in trouble with the ball coming in first and then out swing.

Jaiswal, on the other hand, first scored 30 runs in 52 balls and then, sensing the pitch, batted more cautiously. He scored the next 48 runs in 111 balls.

Madhya Pradesh got its first breakthrough a few minutes before lunch when Anubhav’s ball was played on the wickets of Prithvi.

Armaan Jaffer looked in good form during the innings of 26 off 56 balls but was caught by Yash Dubey at short midwicket off Karthikeya’s bouncy ball.

In the second session the pitch became very slow. Suved Parkar (18) caught the opposition captain Aditya Srivastava on the ball of Sarshan.

Jaiswal was on his way to his fourth century of the season but trying to play a square cut off Anubhav’s delivery, caught Dubey in the street.

Saransh then gave Mumbai the fifth blow by getting Hardik Tamore (24) caught by Rajat Patidar at first slip.

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