Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21 Final: Tare hundred, Prithvi 73 helps Mumbai secure fourth title

Vijay Hazare Trophy Final live score, streaming, updates and commentary from the 2020-21 season with Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai in action. Prithvi Shaw and Co. beat UP by six wickets.

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CHAMPION! Team Mumbai poses with the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  Hotstar Screengrab

Welcome to the highlights of the Vijay Hazare Trophy Final. This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

Prithvi Shaw: I feel everyone contributed and it was not an individual effort. Because of this unity, I think the trophy goes to everybody involved. Tare batted so well according to the situation. I have been captaining since I was young. It helps my batting performance as well. Things were a bit difficult (after the Australia series) but I wanted to fill those blanks and come back stronger.

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Prithvi Shaw has scored with vengeance against teams like Delhi, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Puducherry.   -  BCCI

 

Karan Sharma: Yes, we were like 20-30 runs short. It was just a bad day for our bowlers. We learnt quite a lot from this game. I want to thank our coaches, support staff and family.

MUM 315/4 in 41.3 overs: Two fours in the over means MUMBAI SECURES ITS FOURTH VIJAY HAZARE TITLE. THIS IS NOW THE HIGHEST SUCCESSFUL RUN-CHASE IN A VH FINAL... AND THAT TOO WITH MORE THAN EIGHT OVERS TO SPARE!

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Mumbai's celebratory huddle after beating UP by six wickets   -  Hotstar Screengrab

 

MUM 307/4 in 41 overs: Dube, in a hurry to finish things off (or maybe to get closer to his fifty), tonks a fuller delivery down the ground. However, Samarth Singh at long-on had all the time to settle underneath it and complete a fine catch. Sarfaraz Khan walks out to the middle.

MUM 302/3 in 40 overs: A wide brings up the 300 for Mumbai. This is just the 40th over! Six off it. Mumbai needs 11 runs in 60 balls. An additional fielder is allowed outside the 30-yard circle now.

MUM 296/3 in 39 overs: Did somebody tell Mumbai all it has is 40 overs to chase the target down? Dube, clearly, is in a hurry. As if Aaqib's two wides in the over didn't sting UP much, Dube inflicts further hurt with three handsome boundaries. Mumbai needs 17 runs in 66 balls now. Is the next over the one?

MUM 281/3 in 38 overs: Two boundaries from Dube. One from Tare. There is virtually just one team on the field now. UP has all but surrendered to fate.

MUM 267/3 in 37 overs: Dube smokes this one out of the ground and all the long-on fielder could do was watch it sail over his head! Another fifty-run stand comes up, this time off 39 deliveries.

A MAIDEN LIST A TON FOR TARE! AND WHAT AN OCCASION TO BRING IT UP ON... SENSATIONAL STUFF... The whole dugout is up on its feet and why wouldn't it be?

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WAGON WHEEL: Aditya Tare's maiden List A century   -  BCCI

 

MUM 254/3 in 35 overs: A cover drive for yet another boundary sees Tare move to 96. This is already his highest List A score. Dube finishes the over on a high with another four towards backward square. Boundaries coming thick and fast for Mumbai.

MUM 245/3 in 34 overs: Tare deservedly gets a standing ovation from his captain as he enters the 90s with a fine boundary worked skilfully behind square.

MUM 238/3 in 33 overs: Three boundaries off consecutive deliveries! This is poor bowling from Dayal. With the fine leg bowler in the ring, you cannot stray down leg. Tare punishes him first with a flick for a four. The next delivery has been banged short and Tare lifts it towards deep mid-wicket. The last boundary comes as Tare ferociously scythes a wide delivery past the diving point.

MUM 224/3 in 32 overs: Tare after targetting the point region for some deliveries turns his attention to the glaring gap at fine leg. A leg stump-line delivery has been paddled down to the fence.

MUM 217/3 in 31 overs: Gone! Mulani holes out to Mavi at short mid-off. The partnership's been broken but UP still has a lot to do. Mumbai is less than 100 short of the target now. All-rounder Shivam Dube comes to the crease after another drinks break. Dayal welcomes him with two fiery bouncers.

MUM 215/2 in 30 overs: Tare slashes... AND SLASHES HARD! The ball pierces the point and third man fielder in the wink of an eye. Hold up, there's more! Tare picks up the length of the short ball early yet again, transfers his weight behind the shot and flashes his bat to pull this over mid-wicket. A batting masterclass!

MUM 206/2 in 29 overs: A change of plans from UP. Dayal has been reintroduced into the attack. He concedes just four runs; could have been more if not for the excellent fielding on two back-to-back occasions by the fine-leg fielder.

MUM 202/2 in 28 overs: Aaqib concedes three runs off the 27th over. Tare, however, frees his arms to welcome Mavi with a boundary in the next - cut behind backward point. Mavi further gifts five wides to take Mumbai past 200.

MUM 188/2 in 26 overs: It's a half-century for Tare - his third this season! The fifty-run partnership has also come up for the duo in 63 balls with a boundary from Tare. Mulani and Tare have done well to steal the quick singles and also go for the boundary off the odd loose ball. Mulani has just bludgeoned another maximum over long-on.

MUM 170/2 in 24 overs: Mulani helps avoid a mishap as he runs a deft single but refuses a second early. Tare was on his way back but could get back to safety in time. The wicketkeeper-batsman is in his 40s. Will he be able to get a fifty today?

MUM 166/2 in 23 overs: Lady Luck smiles on Mumbai... TWICE! First, a no-shot from Tare falls just short of a diving Karan at mid-off and next, Mulani's half-hearted scoop lands just in front of Mavi at fine leg.

MUM 162/2 in 22 overs: SIX! Sameer straightens his line a touch and Mulani rocks back and pulls this short delivery over deep mid-wicket. Much-needed runs these.

MUM 153/2 in 21 overs: Mulani and Tare resort to singles to keep the scoreboard ticking. They have all the time in the world to get to the target, thanks to Mumbai's blistering start feat. Shaw.

MUM 144/2 in 19 overs: Mulani is finding it difficult to middle the ball. Out of nowhere, after two-three dry overs now, all the UP players on the field have come alive. 'Keeper Upendra continues to chirp. Tare later sweeps one through backward square leg to pick up a boundary and restore silence.

MUM 139/2 in 18 overs: Spinners Sameer Choudhary and Shivam are bowling in tandem. An understandably cautious approach to things for now from Mulani and Tare as one more wicket here would see UP sniff a potential comeback. Mumbai needs 174 runs at 5.44 RPO (runs per over).

MUM 128/2 in 15 overs: A massive breakthrough! Jaiswal hurries into the shot and induces a top-edge which balloons to Mavi at point. Shivam bags his first wicket. In walks Mulani. Drinks have been called for.

MUM 126/1 in 14 overs: Delicious! Mavi employing his cutters to trouble Jaiswal and Tare. Just three runs come from the over. The Mumbai batters need to up their concentration. This is the only over in the last 10, in which a boundary hasn't come.

MUM 123/1 in 13 overs: Tare providing batting lessons to all the youngsters out there on repeat mode. Picks up the length early, leans into the drive and carves one through extra cover. "Lage raho, lage raho... (Keep at it, keep at it...)," shouts out Upendra from behind the stumps, trying to uplift the Uttar Pradesh spirits.

MUM 116/1 in 12 overs: There's no respite for the bowlers even though Shaw is long gone for good! Exquisite timing from seasoned campaigner Tare sees the ball race to the fence through cover.

MUM 108/1 in 11 overs: Aditya Tare, fresh to the crease, gets into the groove. Two back-to-back boundaries for him.

MUM 96/1 in 10 overs: The commentator's curse... A TELLING BLOW! Mavi's bouncer lures Shaw into the pull but this time he miscues it to substitute fielder Rizvi at backward square leg. 827 RUNS FROM EIGHT MATCHES. Can you believe it?

However, the momentum hasn't shifted yet. Jaiswal to do the big-hitting now... Another slower, shorter delivery has been sent way over the ropes and into the stands near fine leg.

The PowerPlay, meanwhile, comes to an end, which means you can deploy four men outside the circle.

MUM 89/0 in 9 overs: Downtown and over the cow corner! There's no stopping him. Sit back and grab a tub of popcorn, ladies and gentlemen... The show seems to have just started. Another six and a four. An ecstatic Ramesh Powar (Mumbai coach) is jumping about in the pavilion.

MUM 72/0 in 8 overs: STAND. AND. DELIVER. Take a bow, Shaw! He has moved onto yet another fifty off 30 balls with a humongous maximum launched right into outer space. All of this must be a joke for this man, who has been casting terror into the hearts of bowlers since time immemorial.

MUM 60/0 in 7 overs: Off the backfoot now! Shaw uses the depth of the crease to pierce the gap at cover. There is a confident appeal from Shivam Sharma as Jaiswal gets hit on the ribs as he slips and falls in front of the stumps. Umpire Ravi isn't interested at all.

MUM 54/0 in 6 overs: Just wanted to get this message across - UP at a similar stage was at 7/0!

Jaiswal trying to contribute now too as he flicks one down square third man for a boundary. Poor bowling from Aaqib. It only gets poorer though as the mind games are very much on! Jaiswal slams to more boundaries to end the over on a high. 50 up.

MUM 41/0 in 5 overs: Shaw is making batting seem so, so easy... Through the extra cover he goes now. Pacer Shivam Mavi is clueless as to what can be done to plug the run-flow. Nothing seems to be working for the UP bowlers, thus far.

MUM 36/0 in 4 overs: Yashasvi Jaiswal doesn't mind taking the singles and enjoying the Prithvi Sho(/a)w from the best seat in the stadium!

MUM 32/0 in 3 overs: Four more over square leg! Shaw is dealing in boundaries here. Ah, scratch that. "Why settle for only a four when you can go bigger?" goes Shaw as he bashes this harder, over deep square leg this time, to bring up a maximum. Four again - this is murder!

MUM 17/0 in 2 overs: You cannot afford to drop Shaw! And it is the UP captain himself, at mid-off, who has let this burst through his fingers. What's worse is the ball has run down to the ropes. My, oh, my... Bowler Aaqib Khan is devastated. And this is precisely what happens when you drop him - two more boundaries follow through square leg and mid-wicket.

MUM 5/0 in 1 over: Shaw never lets the bowler settle. After fishing at an opening delivery that was dangerously moving away from the Mumbai stand-in skipper, he drives the second beautifully through cover to get off the mark with a four.

Yash Dayal with the new ball in hand. Prithvi Shaw on strike. Let's play!

MUMBAI INNINGS

UP 312/4 in 50 overs: After the slowest of starts - UP was 7/0 after six overs - nobody would have thought the Karan-led side would have come this far.

Kaushik put a hefty price tag on his wicket and finished unbeaten on 158 [His strike rate crossed 100 only off the final ball]. Akshdeep's quickfire fifty has been the other highlight of the innings.

This is only the third time a side has posted a 300-plus score batting first in the Vijay Hazare final.

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The Manhattan relates a major part of Uttar Pradesh's story, thus far!   -  BCCI

 

UP 298/4 in 49 overs: Sold down the river! A single was definitely on here but Kaushik refuses to budge. Shaw's direct hit finds Akshdeep right at the opposite end of the pitch.

Upendra Yadav, new to the crease, gets into the act hastily, dispatching Aman over long-on for a six.

UP 288/3 in 48 overs: Deshpande does well to restrict the run flow. Sticks to bowling it full and into the batsman to give away only five runs.

UP 283/3 in 47 overs: Kulkarni has been out of the ground for some time now and Aman Hakim Khan has been summoned to bowl his first delivery of the match in the 47th over! Kaushik, batting on 142, is now the highest-ever scorer in a Vijay Hazare Trophy final, having surpassed Mayank Agarwal's 125 against Punjab in 2014.

UP 271/3 in 46 overs: Mumbai is on a leather hunt... Yet another six from Kaushik is greeted with loud cheers from the dugout.

Fifth fifty for batting mainstay Akshdeep in the ongoing edition of the tournament... and that too only off 35 balls!

UP 261/3 in 45 overs: It wasn't that bad an opening delivery from Mulani but Kaushik has simply been impeccable today, hasn't he? Gets down on one leg and goes for a wristy slam over cover. Akshdeep, meanwhile, is only dealing in maximums. A slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket now. A single off the last brings up Akshdeep's 48 and the 100-run stand already. 60 runs have come off the last five overs. Crazy hitting!

UP 249/3 in 44 overs: Deshpande starts off with a no ball. To make matters worse, the ball has been flicked down by Kaushik to the fence. Akshdeep picks up a four now, whipping a full toss past short fine.

UP 237/3 in 43 overs: Kaushik four. Akshdeep six. The batsmen are wreaking havoc in Delhi. 13 runs off the over.

UP 224/3 in 42 overs: Akshdeep doesn't want to be left behind, does he? He brings up the fifty-run stand with a biggie over deep mid-wicket. Kaboom! Follows it up with a four in front of square. 14 runs from that over.

UP 210/3 in 41 overs: COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH THE MAN! IT'S A MAIDEN LIST A CENTURY FOR KAUSHIK OFF 125 DELIVERIES. The right-handed batter lets out a roar as he reaches the mark with a maximum towards long-on.

This is the eighth hundred in a Vijay Hazare Trophy final; first since Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik's 112 in 2016-17 vs Bengal.

The fact that Kaushik was yet to get off the mark even after facing 23 deliveries would seem made-up now. What a monumental knock this has been for the Uttar Pradesh opener.

Slowly but steadily, the side has also entered 200.

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WAGON WHEEL: All Mumbai bowlers to Madhav Kaushik, thus far, in the Uttar Pradesh innings   -  BCCI

 

UP 193/3 in 38 overs: Mulani continues to be at his economic best, conceding only four in this over.

UP 189/3 in 37 overs: Kaushik's outside edge is enough to see the ball roll down to the ropes. He enters the nervous 90s. Akshdeep joins the party as he takes on Solanki on the full and sweeps him down square leg. However, one might say that the running between the wickets have been pretty ordinary and languid on a day every run counts.

UP 178/3 in 36 overs: Prithvi Shaw is still limping but it would come as a news of relief for Mumbai that he is back onto the field.

Kaushik opens his arms and slog-sweeps yet again over mid-wicket. A leaping Kotian gets his hands to it but fails to hold on. He takes an ugly fall and looks to be in pain as the physio tends to him. Replays suggest that it is a six.

And another injury! What is happening? Sarfaraz Khan's right hand gets awkwardly stuck under his body while he tries to throw the ball to the 'keeper. The physio is back and seems like he's walking out too now.

UP 168/3 in 35 overs: With mid-off up in the circle, Garg was tempted into trying to execute a shot over the fielder's head. However, he fails to get the required elevation and hits it straight down Dube's throat. The stage is set for Akshdeep Nath to take over.

Kaushik, meanwhile, goes on with his onslaught, launching Kaushik's short-of-length delivery into the backward square leg skies. One bounce and into the fence.

UP 158/2 in 33 overs: The drinks come on to the field for the second time as Uttar Pradesh continues to maintain a run rate lower than five. Six singles come off the last.

UP 152/2 in 32 overs: Almost another! Solanki turns one away from Kaushik, who has been beaten right on the drive. Tare is quick to whip the bails off. However, the Uttar Pradesh opener was well within the crease. Garg, in the meantime, has slapped a wider deliver past slip to pick up another boundary. The 150 comes up for the side in this over as well.

UP 139/2 in 30 overs: Solanki goes for a run a ball as Garg and Kaushik look not to be in a hurry to accelerate. They will be eyeing a solid partnership hereon.

UP 133/2 in 29 overs: Priyam Garg has creamed an overcooked delivery from Kotian through covers. Glimpses of confidence, this, from a man, who has just stepped in for his captain.

UP 123/2 in 27 overs: That's the big fish! Uttar Pradesh captain Karan Sharma departs for nought, while trying to play a glorious drive away from his body off the very first ball he faced. Tare, on this occasion, didn't have much work to do behind the stumps. Kotian jumps for joy.

UP 122/1 in 26 overs: Solanki strikes! Samarth, who had just reached his fifty three balls prior to this one with a huge six over long-off, shimmies down the track and misses the line of the ball, which goes on to disturb the wickets. Captain Karan Sharma comes to the crease.

Meanwhile, Shaw can be seen hobbling along the boundary ropes in pain. This cannot be good news for Mumbai.

UP 101/0 in 24 overs: Prashant Solanki, who is only two wickets away from becoming Mumbai's standalone top wicket-taker in debut season in Vijay Hazare Trophy history, will bowl his first. He, with 14 wickets, is also the side's second most successful bowler in the ongoing edition after Kulkarni.

Kaushik, with a couple gets to his first List A fifty off 75 balls even as the 100-run opening stand comes up off 144 deliveries.

Oh no! Shaw, while trying to stop one at slip, has hurt his shin and is being carried off the ground. Big, big blow this for Mumbai if he is unable to come out to bat today.

UP 94/0 in 22 overs: Up, up and away! Samarth goes inside-out over long-off and does a Glenn Maxwell as he breaks a chair in the stands.

UP 87/0 in 21 overs: Almost! Samarth decides to go for the full-blooded slog off the slowest of deliveries. The ball, however, kisses the back of the bat to land just behind wicketkeeper Aditya Tare. Shaw doesn't believe what he is seeing.

UP 82/0 in 19 overs: 22-year-old Kotian has an impressive high-arm action and is making the ball turn inwards sharply. But Samarth couldn't care less as he puts on his dancing shoes! Into the long-off stands, it disappears.

UP 74/0 in 18 overs: Spin being operated from both ends now. Tanush Kotian goes for three runs in his first over. Mulani concedes as many off the next.

UP 68/0 in 16 overs: The seven runs off the first six overs are now history as Samarth welcomes Dube with two consecutive boundaries. Make it three. The last ball has been driven straight down the ground. Time for some drinks! Whatever Gyanendra's ploy had been, it has worked wonders, thus far.

UP 51/0 in 14 overs: Seven extras... Mumbai is giving away way too many freebies.

Kaushik is facing pace in a cap - wow! Dube, quite understandably, has continued to hit the deck hard and short.

And BAM! Kaushik has pulled one... and... oh no! Another error from Jaiswal. What is happening? Jaiswal sprints way ahead and the ball sails over his head to the square-leg fence.

The umpires have, meanwhile, requested Kaushik to wear a helmet. "No award for bravery," says Sundaram Ravi.

You wouldn't want to miss another exciting game in progress right now!

 

UP 43/0 in 13 overs: A brilliant start for Shams Mulani as Shaw introduces spin from one end. The ball's turning and how! Kaushik needs to tread safely hereon.

UP 40/0 in 12 overs: Shivam Dube has been brought into the attack. He spills one for a wide but concedes only two off the remaining balls. Samarth wanted a single off the last delivery but Kaushik sent him back as mid-on mopped the ball up. They would want to avoid such hesitations.

UP 37/0 in 11 overs: An ordinary effort from Yashasvi Jaiswal in the deep sees the ball cross the ropes. Goes without saying, Kulkarni wasn't a happy man. Kaushik has hit the next one straight down the ground for another four.

UP 28/0 in 10 overs: The pressure's, very evidently, right back on Deshpande after Kaushik took him for a ride across the park in the last over. His second delivery strays away from the right-hander to mark the third wide of this innings already. The first PowerPlay ends and goes without saying that Mumbai has dominated the course of the game, thus far.

UP 24/0 in 9 overs: It has been a disciplined show, thus far, from Kulkarni. He is sticking to just the right channels to give the batsmen no room to execute their shots.

UP 23/0 in 8 overs: Kaushik switches gears! The third delivery, bowled outside off, has been lifted over point for a boundary. The next one, banged short, has been hooked out of the ground. Wait up, that's another four over square leg to end the over. 14 runs come off it.

UP 9/0 in 7 overs: Kaushik gets a single off the last ball of this over; the first run after 24 deliveries! Is there a card which Gyanendra Pandey, the UP coach, is yet to reveal?

UP 7/0 in 6 overs: The first boundary of the game comes off the fifth over as Samarth punches one through the backward point region. No runs come off the sixth. Kaushik and Samarth, known for their explosive nature, have not even tried to go for runs today.

UP 2/0 in 4 overs: The scoreboard gets rolling with a wide. A strange start to proceedings, this, from Uttar Pradesh. Wonder what's the plan here... Why would you want to pile pressure on yourself? Samarth gets off the mark with a single.

UP 0/0 in 3 overs: Three back-to-back maiden overs from Mumbai! Both Kaushik and Samarth have looked extra cautious since the get go. Kulkarni and Tushar Deshpande have really made the new ball talk...

Madhav Kaushik takes guard. He will be facing Dhawal Kulkarni. Samarth Singh is at the non-striker's end.

UTTAR PRADESH INNINGS

WEATHER

Hazy Sunshine

High - 32 degree Celsius, Low - 20 degree Celsius

Wind - 7kph

No chances of rain

PITCH REPORT

"It's pretty sunny. We are playing after five days on this track. There's not much grass. The surface has been rolled well, so there is no moisture. There are no cracks as well and the groundsmen have done a brilliant job. 290 has been chased down on this track before. The nature, as has been seen throughout the tournament, doesn't change much later in the day. Team winning the toss should go for what it is confident in doing," reckons Vijay Dahiya.

WHAT THEY SAID

Karan Sharma: Wicket gets slower in second innings. We've been processing things well. No changes to team. We intend to stick to our plans as Mumbai is a very good team.

Prithvi Shaw: I don't mind losing the toss. We would have batted first as well. Track's different from that of Palam. I think the wicket will have something for us later on. (On his form) I have just worked on a couple of things after coming back from Australia. Focusing on errors and working on them. Same team for us.

UP v MUM TOSS: Uttar Pradesh won the toss and chose to bat first.

PLAYING XI

Uttar Pradesh: Aaqib Khan, Shivam Sharma, Madhav Kaushik, Priyam Garg, Sameer Choudhary, Karan Sharma (C), Aksh Deep Nath, Samarth Singh, Shivam Mavi, Upendra Yadav (W), Yash Dayal

Mumbai: Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare (W), P H Solanki, Prithvi Shaw (C), S N Khan, S Z Mulani, Tushar U Deshpande, Tanush Kotian, Aman Hakim Khan, Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, Shivam Dube

PREDICTED XI

Mumbai: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Prithvi Shaw (c), Aditya Tare (w), Sarfaraz Khan, Shivam Dube, Aman Hakim Khan, Shams Mulani, Prashant Solanki, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tanush Kotian, Tushar Deshpande

Uttar Pradesh: Karan Sharma (c), Priyam Garg, Madhav Kaushik, Akshdeep Nath, Upendra Yadav (w), Sameer Choudhary, Samarth Singh, Shivam Sharma, Shivam Mavi, Yash Dayal, Aaqib Khan

MATCH PREVIEW

If Mumbai begins as an overwhelming favourite to beat Uttar Pradesh and claim its fourth Vijay Hazare (50-over) title, skipper Prithvi Shaw’s irrepressible form is a big reason.

Shaw, with a record aggregate of 754 runs so far, could go past the 800-run mark in Sunday's final at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground. In fact, looking at his run of four centuries – including three in excess of 150 – he could even be expected to reach 900 runs.

Discarded from the Test team, the 21-year-old is desperate to catch the eyes of the National selectors ahead of India’s squad announcement for the three-match ODI series against England. Unless UP grabs the early chance that Shaw is known to offer, the youngster could well dictate the course of the contest.

No doubt, Shaw has scored with vengeance against teams like Delhi, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Puducherry, UP faces other factors too.

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UP, joint winner of the 2004-05 season with Tamil Nadu, will have to deal with the form of Shaw’s opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal (179 runs) and former captain Aditya Tare (181). In addition, experienced medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni and leg-spinner Prashant Solanki (14 wickets each) have caused maximum damage this season.

Under a young captain in Karan Sharma, UP is a fairly inexperienced side. But its journey to the final has been inspiring. The way the side rallied from 66 for four to outplay host Delhi was commendable.

Though its top-order has disappointed in the knockout phase, Karan, Akshdeep Nath and Upendra Yadav have rescued the team by displaying fine temperament.

Left-arm spinner Shivam Sharma (20 wickets) could still hold the key for UP but it will be interesting to see how the medium pacers Yash Dayal, Shivam Mavi and Aaqib Khan deal with Shaw early on in the innings. Familiarity with the conditions, too, could help UP in its third successive outing at the Kotla where Mumbai plays its first of the season.

SQUADS

Uttar Pradesh: Aaqib Khan, Shivam Sharma, Madhav Kaushik, Priyam Garg, Munindra Maurya, Vishal Pandey, Purnank Tyagi, Sameer Choudhary, Vineet Dubey, Abhishek Goswami, Karan Sharma, Aksh Deep Nath, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohd Javed, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Almas Shaukat, Yogendar Doyla, Samarth Singh, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Parth Mishra, Shubham Chaubey, Nalin Mishra, Aryan Juyal, Dhruv Chand Jurel, Kartik Tyagi, Mohit Jangra, Rinku Singh, Shanu Saini, Shiva Singh, Hardeep Singh, Shivam Mavi, Upendra Yadav, Jasmer Dhankhar, Yash Dayal, Zeeshan Ansari, Mohammad Saif, Sameer Rizvi

Mumbai: K A Chikhalikar, Siddharth Raut, Aquib Kureshi, Ashay Sardesai, Shreyas Gurav, Srujan Athawale, Kunalthorat, Deepak B Shetty, Asif Mustaq Shaikh, Jathar, Mohit Avasthi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Shardul , Surya, Rohit Sharma, P H Solanki, Agni Chopra, A Herwadkar, Kevin D Almeida, Shreyas Iyer, Atif Shaikh, Sufiyan Shaikh, Adeeb Wasiul Usmani, Dhrumil Matkar, Armaan Jaffer, Hardik Jitendra Tamore, S D Lad, Ajinkya Rahane, Khizar Dafedar, Kruthik Hanagavadi, Minad P Manjrekar, Prithvi Shaw, S N Khan, Sairaj B Patil, S I Khan, S Z Mulani, Aditya S Dhumal, Akash P, Ankush Jaiswal, Aakarshit Gomel, P Y Pawar, R Sharma, Royston H Dias, S M Yadav, Bhupen Lalwani, Tushar U Deshpande, Prathamesh Dake, Rohan Raje, Tanush Kotian, Aman Hakim Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Atharva Vinod Ankolekar, Atharva Poojari, Divyaansh, Saksham, Suved Parkar, Vaibhav Kalamkar, Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, Vaidik Murkar, Vikrant Vilas Auti, Atif, Parikshit S Valsangkar, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Gaurish Jadhav, Anjdeep Lad, Siddharth Akre, Sujit Naik, Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Bhoir, Chinmay Sutar, Shashank

RECAP

Before we kickstart the day's proceedings, let's help you relive all the action from the semifinals as you sip on your morning coffee.

Akshdeep's all-round show steers UP into finals

Akshdeep Nath's tight seam-up stuff along with a useful half-century helped Uttar Pradesh defeat Gujarat by five wickets to reach the Vijay Hazare Trophy final after 16 long years.

Opting to bat at the Ferozshah Kotla, Gujarat’s top-order put up an ordinary show and found the going tough against some relentless UP bowling attack to be bundled out for a paltry 184 in 48.1 overs with Nath taking 1 for 29 in 6 overs apart from pacers Yash Fayal and Aaqib Khan finishing with three and two scalps respectively.

In reply, UP survived some early hiccups before Nath wrested control with a calculated 104-ball 71 (8x4), while the in-form Upendra Yadav sealed the issue with an unbeaten 31 from 25 balls.

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Fresh from his match-winning 112 against Delhi in the quarterfinal, Yadav came to the crease after UP lost its set duo of skipper Karan Sharma (38) and Akshdeep in quick succession.

Yadav held his nerves and ensured that there were no more jitters as he smashed one six and three boundaries to script the win with 44 balls to spare.

UP had last made the final in the 2005-06 season, when it lost to Railways.

Hailing its disciplined bowling effort, UP skipper Sharma said the team executed its plans well to ensure an easy win.

"Initially, the ball was skidding the idea was to bowl wicket to wicket and not give away any loose deliveries. We just stuck to our plan and it resulted in the success," Sharma said.

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Team Uttar Pradesh   -  BCCI

 

Gujarat skipper Priyank Panchal blamed it on the sloppy batting and said the team threw away its initial few wickets.

"Batting was poor initially and we gave way two-three quick wickets. We could have taken the score to 240-mark which would have made it difficult for them," he said.

Asked whether the decision to bat first was a mistake, he said: "We were positive and confident about our batting but those initial few wickets cost us dear."

UP new ball duo Dayal (3/71) and Aaqib (2/22) shared five wickets among them and it was their discipline and control that did not allow Gujarat to break free.

The only respite came from Het Patel who was the top scorer for Gujarat with 60 from 87 balls (5x4). He was in a 66-run partnership with veteran Piyush Chawla (42-ball 32; 2x4, 1x6).

Brief Scores: Gujarat 184; 48.1 overs (Het Patel 60, Piyush Chawla 32; Yash Dayal 3/34, Aaqib Khan 2/22) lost to Uttar Pradesh 188/5; 42.5 overs (Akshdeep Nath 71, Karan Sharma 38, Upendra Yadav 31 not out) by five wickets.

 

Shaw's 165 puts Mumbai in final

Skipper Prithvi Shaw continued his relentless onslaught with a 122-ball 165 as Mumbai dethroned Karnataka by inflicting a massive 72-run defeat on Thursday for a place in Sunday’s final.

At the Air Force ground, Palam, Shaw’s fourth century of this year’s competition saw Mumbai set a stiff target of 323. Karnataka top-order failed to fire, with Samarth and Manish Pandey falling cheaply, and the chase was never on.

Asked to bat, Mumbai had the better of the exchanges as Shaw took six overs to settle down and then rode his luck to raise another big century. Dropped on 38 by Devdutt Padikkal at cover off Shreyas Gopal, Shaw prospered to play a match-winning innings studded with 17 boundaries and seven sixes. He was particularly severe on Gopal whom he hit for two sixes over cover-point and one over mid-wicket.

 

Ronit More, who took five wickets in the quarterfinal, went for 20 runs in the 37th over with Shaw smashing 16 runs and Shams Mulani (45, 4x4) hitting a four.

In fact, Shaw and Mulani raised 159 runs off 23.4 overs for the third wicket before departing in successive overs. Mumbai traded eight wickets for 81 runs in the last 10 overs. Medium pacer Vyshak Vijay (4/56), who trapped Shaw leg-before was the only Karnataka bowler to make any impact on this day.

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FILE PHOTO: Prithvi Shaw is in tremendous form this Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

 

When Karnataka chased, only Padikkal (64, 64b, 6x4, 1x6) and B. R. Sharath (61, 39b, 8x4, 2x6) provided some hope. With five wickets down for 152 in the 31st over, Karnataka was staring at defeat. Though the next 12 overs saw an addition of nearly 100 runs, Mumbai was happy to bowl out the opposition. Off-spinner Tanush Kotian, playing only his second match, stood out with bowling figures of 10-1-23-2.

 

At the Ferozeshah Kotla, the other semifinal too proved one-sided with Uttar Pradesh stopping Gujarat with five wickets and 7.2 overs to spare.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 322 in 49.2 overs (Prithvi Shaw 165, Shams Mulani 45, Vyshak Kumar 4/56) beat Karnataka 250 in 42.4 overs (Devdutt Paddikkal 64, B.R. Sharath 61, Shreyas Gopal 33).

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