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Mumbai enters the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy after Prithvi Shaw’s exploits

With this win, Mumbai became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C.

Prithvi Shaw Mumbai Ranji Trophy 2016-17
Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In a crucial Ranji Trophy fixture at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai secured an outstanding 10-wicket victory over Tripura. Riding on some fantastic performances by Dhawal Kulkarni and centuries from the top order batsmen, Mumbai found themselves at the top against Tripura throughout the match.

In response to Tripura’s 195, the hosts managed to gain a first inning lead before declaring on 421/8. Tripura failed to do much in the second innings as they were bundled for 288. With a target of 64 required, Mumbai aced it in just 6.2 overs with a run rate of above 10.

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Prithvi Shaw registers second fastest fifty for Mumbai

Prithvi Shaw’s batting has been a revelation this season. The sight of the 18- year-old taking some of the most proficient domestic bowlers to the cleaners can be an amazing prospect for any viewer. In Mumbai’s chase of 64, the talented youngster slammed his fifty from just 26 balls.

His 26-ball effort is deemed to be the 2nd fastest fifty for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy. The record of the fastest fifty is held by Vinod Kambli who achieved the feat in just 20 balls against Baroda in the 1992/93 season. Interestingly, he also recorded it at the Wankhede Stadium

Mumbai first team to qualify for the quarterfinals

With this win, Mumbai became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C. They pipped Andhra Pradesh to come right at top of the points table with 21 points. Currently, Andhra are in the second position with 19 points while Madhya Pradesh are third with 14 points.

As Andhra Pradesh have already played all their games, their consequence depends on the result of the ongoing game between Odhisa and Madhya Pradesh. A draw will result in Andhra qualifying as the second team for the quarter-finals. However, a win will propel Madhya Pradesh into the top 8.

Talking about the current match proceedings, Odhisa were bowled out for 147. While Madhya Pradesh gained a first innings lead of 241 runs, Odhisa are currently 237/4 at stumps on Day 3. With one day left, MP will be looking forward to containing them early in the first session. No prizes to guess that the action in Holkar stadium is going down the wire.

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