Current Match Report – Mumbai vs Vidarbha Ultimate 2023/24

Mumbai 224 (Shardul Thakur 75, Yash Thakur 3-54, Dubey 3-62) and 418 (Musheer 136, Iyer 95, Dubey 5-144) beat Vidarbha 105 (Rathod 27, Kotian 3-7, Kulkarni 3-15) and 368 (Wadkar 102, Nair 74, Kotian 4-95, Musheer 2-48) by 169 runs

Mumbai broke Vidarbha’s resistance on the fifth afternoon and secured their forty second Ranji Trophy title and first since 2015-16. Spin-bowling allrounder Tanush Kotian and quick bowler Tushar Deshpande crushed Vidarbha’s dream and dismissed them for 368, in an unprecedented chase of 538, after captain Akshay Wadkar and rookie Harsh Dubey had performed out a wicket-less morning session.
Fittingly, it was veteran Dhawal Kulkarni who sealed victory for Mumbai in what was his final recreation for them. Along with his captain Ajinkya Rahane and the Wankhede crowd warmly cheering him on, Kulkarni bowled Umesh Yadav to provide himself a profitable send-off. Having picked up a fourth-innings five-for in his first Ranji last, in opposition to Uttar Pradesh, again in 2009, Kulkarni signed off as a bona fide home stalwart for Mumbai.
He leaves Mumbai’s assault within the protected fingers of Deshpande, who bullied Vidarbha with around-the-wicket bouncers on the fifth day and Mohit Avasthi, who was Mumbai’s joint-highest wicket-taker this season with 35 strikes in eight video games. Avasthi wasn’t accessible for the ultimate due to harm, with Kulkarni taking his place.

Kotian, who completed the season with 502 runs and 29 wickets, earned the Participant-of-the-tournament award. It was Kotian who cracked the sport open for Mumbai on the ultimate day when he obtained one to straighten from across the wicket and pinned Wadkar lbw for 102 after lunch. Quickly after, Kotian knocked Yash Thakur over to hasten Mumbai’s victory.

Earlier within the morning, Wadkar and Dubey had made Mumbai stretch each sinew for a breakthrough. Wadkar, particularly, was both proper ahead or proper again to dead-bat Mumbai’s spinners. Dubey was extra adventurous on the different finish, unleashing slog sweeps in opposition to left-arm fingerspinner Shams Mulani. One such slog sweep over extensive long-on introduced Dubey his second first-class half-century in his eighth match.

Kotian might’ve minimize Dubey’s innings quick on 13 had Mumbai reviewed an on-field not-out determination after the offspinner had struck him on the pads. The tracker indicated that the ball would have crashed into leg stump.

Dubey survived an lbw name on 17 and 18 off Kotian and Kulkarni respectively. He saved Wadkar good firm in a 130-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Wadkar introduced up his second hundred in a Ranji last – and first of the season – when he tapped Kotian by means of extra-cover for a single. He sank to his knees and put his arms up in a prayer earlier than taking within the applause from the chums and households of the Vidarbha gamers.

The celebrations have been short-lived for them as Wadkar and Dubey fell in successive overs. Aditya Sarwate, who was nursing again spasms walked out to bat at No.8, however Deshpande bounced him out for 3. Deshpande hit speeds upwards of 140kph and continued to pepper the lower-order batters with quick balls.

Kulkarni then took the ultimate wicket and led Mumbai off the sector. On the post-match presentation, Rahane hailed Kulkarni’s off-field contributions to the Mumbai crew, too, and handed him the trophy to cap off a dream end.

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