Ranji Trophy 2022: Mumbai struts into 47th final after rain-marred fifth day

Mumbai declared its second essay at 533 for four. With less than half an hour remaining for Tea, the break was called and the teams shook hands.

Mumbai qualified for its 47th Ranji Trophy final on Saturday.   -  PICHUMANI K

The writing was on the wall on the penultimate day of the semifinal. The overnight heavy downpour had everyone thinking that the last day’s proceedings between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh on Sunday at the Just Cricket Academy Ground were going to be a mere formality - if not a farce.

Eventually, only 16 overs were bowled, with UP part-timers rolling their arm over. The moment Shams Mulani joined Sarfaraz Khan in the half-century club, Mumbai declared its second essay at 533 for four.
With less than half an hour remaining for Tea, the break was called and the teams shook hands.

Despite the disappointing outing over the last five days, Uttar Pradesh had plenty to cherish from a season where it started as an underdog. Mumbai, on the other hand, will enter the next week’s final at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium with no chink in its armour.

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With the part-timers bowling for a majority of the day, Sarfaraz - in the form of his life - got dollies aplenty. And the run machine crossed the 800-run mark for the season with two sizzling hits over midwicket with the ball coming in to him.

Mulani, who was cautious against Prince Yadav initially, cut and pulled the medium-pacer for fours off successive balls to inch closer to his fifty and ensure that the teams shook hands immediately thereafter.

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The morning session, however, was washed out due to multiple soggy patches in the outfield. Only after the scheduled lunch break did the match officials , n consultation with the captains, decide to start at 1.15 PM.

Had the game started on time, Mumbai - just like it did on the fourth morning of the quarterfinal against Uttarakhand last week - would have declared at its overnight score of 449 for four, with a lead of 662 runs.

Instead, the bowling pack, led by Dhawal Kulkarni, had a short burst immediately after Yashasvi Jaiswal was adjudged Player of the Match for his hundreds on the side wicket. They will be looking forward to repeating their exploits on Wednesday.

The scoreboard
Mumbai - 1st innings: 393.
Uttar Pradesh - 1st innings: 180.
Mumbai - 2nd innings: Prithvi Shaw c Mavi b Saurabh 64, Yashasvi Jaiswal c sub (Juyal) b Prince 181, Armaan Jaffer c sub (Juyal) b Mavi 127, Suved Parkar c & b Prince 22, Sarfaraz Khan (not out) 59, Shams Mulani (not out) 51; Extras (b-12, lb-4, nb-4, w-9) 29.
Total: (for four wkts in 156 overs) 533 declared.
Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-352, 3-404, 4-420.
Uttar Pradesh bowling: Dayal 10-1-43-0, Rajpoot 19-4-58-0, Mavi 12-3-36-1, Prince 27-3-92-2, Saurabh 35-6-1-113-1, Karan 30-7-84-0, Rinku 12-0-49-0, Samarth 2-0-9-0, Kaushik 9-1-33-0.
Result: Match drawn. Mumbai through to the final on the basis of first innings lead.
Player of the match: Yashasvi Jaiswal
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