Mumbai makes way to the final of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 as Prithvi Shaw hits a century on debut. Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu in the semi-final to secure a place in the final for the 46th time. Both Tamil Nadu and Mumbai have had a very good season as their players seemed to be in good touch. But unfortunately, Tamil Nadu has been knocked out of the Ranji Trophy as Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu by 6 wickets.
Prithvi Shaw, the young sensational batsman who slammed a massive 546 in a Harris Shield game, made way to the limelight yet again by scoring a crucial 120 for Mumbai in his very first match of First Class Cricket. Shaw who was picked to the squad ahead of the semi-final couldn’t score big in the first innings but made great use of the opportunity in the second innings.
Earlier Mumbai restricted Tamil Nadu from posting a huge total. Tamil Nadu scored 305 with Aparajith(68) being the highest scorer. Mumbai posted a total of 411 and achieved a 100 plus lead. Tamil Nadu set a target of 251 for Mumbai to reach the final.
Mumbai could easily chase the target as their openers played quite well. Shaw summed up a brilliant ton in his first ever Ranji match. He impressed everyone with his classy flamboyant strokes and his footwork was exceptionally brilliant. He certainly proved his mettle and will be of great worth for Mumbai in the future.
His sound technique sets him apart from most of the young batsmen. He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Khanderao Rangnekar, Madhav Dalvi by becoming the 13th batsman to score a century on debut for Mumbai. He is also the second youngest to hit a ton in Ranji Cricket. The first being the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Mumbai will face Gujarat in the final which will start on the 10th of January. Gujarat has made it to the final after a huge gap of 66 years and will be looking to bag the trophy but on the other side, is the dominant Mumbai which has made it to the final 46 times. Mumbai will be a tough side to beat in the big final for the Gujarat.