Mumbai bowled out Uttar Pradesh for 180 on Thursday, the third day of the Ranji Trophy semi-finals, to take a crucial lead in the first innings. Resuming at 25 for two, the UP batsmen were able to add only 155 runs as Tishar Deshpande (3/34), off-spinner Tanush Kotian (3/35) and Mohat Osthi (3/39) Shared nine wickets between them. Mumbai Dust clinker (1/25) also sticks to the scalp. Captain Prithviraj Shaw scored 64 off 71 balls with 12 fours and Mumbai ended the day at 133 for one in their second innings, taking an overall lead of 346 runs.
Mumbai had posted 393 in its first article, courtesy of Yashvi Jaiswal and Hardik Tamur.
After the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions resumed their dominance from the start, UP regularly lost wickets.
The first UP batsman to be dismissed that day was captain Karan Sharma (27), who became Awasthi’s first victim.
Openers Madhu Koshkak (38) and Rinko Singh (16) tried to lead the innings, but managed to put up a 32-run stand for the fifth wicket before Kotian was dismissed.
After that, the UP batsmen reached the pavilion. Rinko, Dhruva Jural (2) and Soorabh Kumar (0) fell one after the other. Kotian trapped Rinko in front of the wickets, while Osthi accounted for two more outs.
Coming to bat at number. 8, Shyam Mavi (48) resisted for a while, but it was too short and too late.
Mavi hit four fours and two sixes in a brilliant 55-ball innings.
Desh Pandey then moved and tore his tail.
But it was Kotian’s day, which broke Mavi’s resistance when UP took a huge 213-run lead in the first innings.
It was even more painful for UP as Shaw (64) and Yashwi Jaiswal (35 not out) made an aggressive start by adding 66 runs for the opening wicket in Mumbai’s second innings. Where Shaw played his usual aggressive style, Jaiswal played the second Fidel.
After Shaw’s dismissal, Jaiswal and Arman Jaffer (32 not out) continued to harass the UP bowlers as Amul Mazumdar’s coaching team took a step towards the final.
UP used a maximum of six bowlers in the second Mumbai article but all were hired.
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