On Day 4 in Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, rain interrupted the game when MP were looking to extend their first innings lead over Mumbai. At the crease were MP batsmen Saransh Jain and Anubhav Agarwal.
But when downpour started, an interesting stuff happened. Mumbai captain Prithvi Shaw was seen helping the groundstaff with their pulling the covers to protect the pitch. Crowds were delighted to see the 24-year-old providing help to them.
In the match so far, when the rain stopped and match resumed, Mumbai got the last three MP wickets and finally bowled them out for 536. Mumbai, in their seconds innings opened with Hardik Tamore and Shaw with the former scoring a brisk 25 before being dismissed by Kumar Kartikeya. Tampore had replaced Yashasvi Jaiswal while opening the match.
“The final is not over yet”- Mumbai spinner Shams Mulani
Prithvi Shaw had scored 47 in the first innings but in the second innings, he scored 44 runs off 52 balls. They reached 113 for two in their second innings. The 41-time champions are still trailing MP by 49 runs with a one day’s play remaining.
“The match is heating up. We are still in the contest. A good first session and we’re back in the game. If we get around 50 to 60 overs to bowl at Madhya Pradesh, we have a chance. It will be a fifth day pitch- there will be some turn, and some balls might keep low. The final is not over yet,” said Mumbai spinner Shams Mulani said after the fourth day’s play here on Saturday.
Mulani is the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. “It took a long time to get the five-for-63 overs. I’m slightly dissapointed that it took so many overs. A personal milestone is fine, but the team needs to win,” said the left-arm spinner.