Ranji Trophy Semifinals are on roll and we have both the knockout matches taking place simultaneously. In-Game 1 Mumbai is taking on Uttar Pradesh while in Game 2 Madhya Pradesh is taking on Bengal. Day 1 was as good as it could get we saw some great competitive cricket taking place. Let’s learn about how Ranji Trophy Semifinal’s Day 1 went.
Ranji Trophy Semifinals GAME 1
MUMBAI VS UTTAR PRADESH:
UP won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Stumps Day 1
Mumbai (87 ov) 260/5
It was a wholesome day for Mumbai fans as their team fought back from 24/2 to 260/5 at stumps on the opening day of the semi-final against UP. The squad reached a good score thanks to Jaiswal’s century and Tamore’s unbeaten fifty. Sarfaraz Khan provided some entertainment with a 52-ball 40 that included five fours before succumbing to a mistimed reverse sweep. Tamore’s late assault was crucial in keeping the momentum going in the final session.
UP struggled to put pressure when the sun came out, despite starting well. Mumbai, who had scored 58 runs in the first session, went on to score 92 runs in the next 27 overs. Yash Dayal and Karan Sharma were successful at taking 2 wickets each. Shivam Mavi picked p one wicket for his team. Mumbai would like to bat long on Wednesday, with five wickets in hand with Tamore unbeaten on 51. However, a couple of early wickets in the morning session could help UP get back into the game.
Ranji Trophy Semifinals GAME 2
MADHYA PRADESH VS BENGAL:
M. Pradesh won the toss and chose to bat.
Stumps Day 1
Madhya Pradesh (86 ov) 271/6
Madhya Pradesh had a rough day that was saved by their opener Himanshu Mantri who hit an unbeaten 134. The team had wickets falling at regular intervals but Mantri stood in the middle like a pillar. The only big partnership came after the fall of fourth wicket when Akshat Raghuwanshi came in to bat replacing the skipper Aditya Shrivastava. Akshat scored a quick 81 balls 63 before losing his wicket to Akash Deep. Mantri and Akshat had a good 123 runs partnership which helped the team reach a respectable score. Mantri is still at the crease and stretching the innings trying to make his team reach at least 320 mark with Puneet Datey on the other side.
Bengal, whose bowling lineup looked prolific in the first one and a half session did not end their day very well. Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep bowled long spells and 2 wickets each. It is required for team to take early wickets tomorrow morning to ensure they are in a good position. As for MP, they will expect some hard hitting from Datey and hope that Mantri continues the way he is playing.