Patidar ton, rain add to Mumbai’s woes as MP gains significant lead


Madhya Pradesh (MP) came one step closer to taking the Ranji Trophy 2022 title, claiming a significant 162 points first innings ahead of Mumbai on Day 4 of the final in Bengaluru on Saturday 25 June.

Mumbai struck aggressively in their second innings, reaching 113 for two at stumps, after seeing 22 overs. However, they are still trailing MP by 49 runs. With just one day left in the final of the Ranji Trophy 2022, only a miracle MP can stop them from winning the championship.

MP resumed the day behind Mumbai with just six runs in the first innings, continuing their dominance, posting 536 in their first innings. Rajat Patidar became the third centurion for MP in the final of the 2022 Ranji Trophy, crushing 122 of 219 balls using 20 fours.

MP resumed their innings with an impressive 368 for three, with Patidar unbeaten at 67 and skipper Aditya Shrivastava at 11. They took the lead as Patidar Mohit Avasthi drifted into deep cover for a pair. Shrivastava showed some intention early in the day as he danced across the track to Shams Mulani and made him soar to the max.

Patidar brought out MP’s 400 in style, with a short arm thrust from Avasthi for four toward deep-midwicket. However, the Mumbai pacer provided the first break of the day for Mumbai, catching Shrivastava (25) with a sharp short delivery of good length. Akshat Raghuwanshi (nine) was knocked over by Tushar Deshpande with a ball that hurtled in and stayed a little low.

Mulani joined the wicket-taking act by catching Parth Sahani’s leg for 11. On the other hand, however, Patidar brought out a memorable hundred in the Ranji Trophy 2022 final by knocking Deshpande to the low point for a few.

MP went for lunch on day 4 at 475 to six, Patidar hit at 120 and Saransh Jain at 20.

Patidar falls but Saransh Jain frustrates Mumbai in 2022 Ranji Trophy final

Patidar’s good innings ended early in the second session of Day 4 of the 2022 Ranji Trophy Final. Mumbai pacer Deshpande got a delivery to form back and sneak between the bat and the pillow.

Anubhav Agarwal was also caught lbw by Mulani for eight. Mulani soon had Kumar Kartikeya caught for nine, but Jain frustrated Mumbai with a defiant knock. He reached an impressive fifty by clipping Mulani to a deep square leg for a pair.

It started pouring in immediately after Jain crossed his half-century to wash away Mumbai’s nebulous hopes of making a comeback in the Ranji Trophy 2022 final. After the frustrating stoppage, Mulani completed a throw of five wickets while Jain misdirected a catch for too long. His 57 innings, including seven fours, lifted MP’s lead to 162.

Mumbai hit aggressively in their second innings, with Hardik Tamore running out to bat with captain Prithvi Shaw. They got some help from the MP outfielders as a few opportunities were missed early on. The duo took over the bowling and raised the fifty in no time.

The enterprising stand ended when Tamore (25) reached Kumar Kartikeya at the bottom and was bowled. Shaw hit three fours and two sixes before being caught short covering 44, trying to take on Gaurav Yadav. Armaan Jaffer (30*) and Suved Parkar (nine) were on the starting blocks for Mumbai when stumps were called.

It was another day dominated by MP and they are rightfully in pole position to lift the Ranji Trophy 2022 crown.

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