Mumbai cricket team barged into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 after handing out a crushing defeat to Uttarakhand by a massive margin of 725 runs on Thursday. The victory margin is a record in First-Class cricket. Mumbai broke New South Wales’ record, which they had set way back in 1929-30 when they beat Queensland by 685 runs.
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Batting first, Mumbai had declared after the fall of eight wickets with 647 runs on the board, thanks to debutant Saved Parkar, who was run out on 252 runs, and Sarfaraz Khan, who scored 153. However, the Uttarakhand batters, in return, were bundled out for 114 runs with just three batters reaching double figures. Shams Mulani took five Uttarakhand wickets for 39 runs. He claimed the wickets of Kamal Singh (40), Swapnil Singh (9), Dikshanshu Negi (12), Shivam Khurana (7), and Agrim Tiwari (0).
Returning to bat in the second innings after skipper Prithvi Shaw opted not to enforce a follow-on despite having a massive 533-run first-innings lead. Mumbai piled on more misery on their opponents, scoring 261 for three wickets before declaring.
Ranji Trophy 2021-22: Jaiswal slammed his maiden first-class hundred
Uttarakhand had a mountain of 795 runs to climb for victory. Meanwhile, Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his maiden hundred in the second innings. He was complimented by Shaw — who scored 72 in just 80 balls, thanks to nine boundaries and two sixes. Aditya Tare scored a useful 57. The 20-year-old Jaiswal slammed his maiden first-class hundred only in his second game.
Uttarakhand suffered a worse collapse in the second innings, with their innings getting wrapped up for 69 runs. However, Shivam Khurana top-scored with an unbeaten 25, followed by Kunal Chandela, who scored 21. Khurana eventually ran out of partners in the middle as five Uttarakhand batters got dismissed for ducks.
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Mumbai: 647/8d & 261/3d
Uttarakhand: 114 & 69
Mumbai defeated Uttarakhand by 725 runs.