The dominance of the Mumbai batsmen was evident in the way Prithviraj started. At the end of the day, however, the bowlers returned to Madhya Pradesh in a match.
Ranji will face Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh in the final. The 41-time champion Mumbai was ahead of everyone in this match. The way in which Prithviraj Shaw started batting after winning the toss, the dominance of Mumbai batsmen was clear. At the end of the day, though, I felt that the Agrawals returned to Madhya Pradesh in a match. At the end of the first day, Mumbai’s score was 246/5.
Mumbai captain Prithvi and young opener Yashsvi Jayasbal put on an eight-run stand. Prithvi returned for 46 runs. Yashaswi, who scored a century in two innings in the semi-final, scored 8 runs in the first innings in the final. Arman Zafar started well but could not score much. He scored 26 runs. Subhed Parkar, who scored 250 runs in his debut match, was dismissed for just 16 runs. Wicketkeeper Hardik Tamore scored 24 runs. Sarfaraz Khan (40 not out) and Shams Mulani (12 not out) are at the crease at the end of the day.
Madhya Pradesh coach Chandrakant Pandit started the innings against Bengal with spinner Kumar Kartikeya. Madhya Pradesh came up with that plan against Mumbai too. But this time success did not come at the beginning. Karthikeya also bowled 31 overs with a finger injury. He took only one wicket and scored 91 runs. Another spinner, Sarang Jain, took two wickets in 18 overs. Agrawal also felt the pacer took two wickets. Madhya Pradesh came back to the match with their help. Half of Mumbai’s batsmen in 246 runs in the dressing room. Kartikeya will want to hit early in the morning on the second day. The Madhya Pradesh batsmen will want to bat themselves by sending the Mumbai batsmen to the toilet soon.