Mumbai reign supreme as 42nd Ranji title is cemented at Wankhede fortress | Cricket News


Mumbai: Farewells can also turn into fairy tales. Was included in the eleven at the last minute for ranji trophy final against vidarbha Wankhede Stadium After sitting out most of the season, Dhawal Kulkarni Played my part in a farewell that was so perfect it seemed scripted.
After taking 3 for 15 with some excellent bowling in the first innings, Kulkarni also took the final wicket of Vidarbha's innings on the last ball of his first-class career when he was clean bowled. Umesh YadavAs soon as the batsman took a huge leap, as soon as the stumps came down, a massive celebration broke out among Ranji Trophy title No. 42 Mumbai team and fans.
Immediately after the last strike on the fifth day of the final as Mumbai registered a 169-run win over Vidarbha, Kulkarni looked up to the sky and thanked God, before he started crying and hugged his teammates, who later celebrated the Lifted the fast bowler on his shoulders. After an agonizing wait of seven seasons, which saw two defeats in the final, this win at home was encouraging for Mumbai supporters.
A unique feature of this team is that, unlike Mumbai teams of the past, only the captain Ajinkya RahaneKulkarni, Shreyas Iyer And Shardul Thakur was part of Ranji winning teams before this win.
Incidentally, out of the 13 Ranji finals held at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai have won 11. Rahane on Thursday became the 26th captain of Mumbai to win the trophy. In 89 editions of the tournament, Mumbai has played in 48 finals.
However, Rahane thanked Vidarbha for turning this final into a thrilling battle as they looked dead and buried when they were bowled out for just 105 on the morning of the second day. Chasing a mammoth target of 538, Vidarbha, against all odds, were helped by their heroic captain Akshay Wadkar (102, 199b, 9×4, 1×6) and their 130-run, 255-ball partnership for the sixth wicket to keep the game in check. kept. Equally brave was Harsh Dubey (65, 128b, 5×4, 2×6).
When play resumed on the final day, Vidarbha were 248 for five and needed 290 runs, but before lunch, the duo added 85 runs in 33 overs, reducing the target to 205 and you thought the impossible was possible.
However, once Wadkar was out LBW by the off-spinner Tanush KotianAfter emerging as Mumbai's hero on the final day with four wickets for 48 runs, Vidarbha faced defeat and lost their last five wickets in the space of 15 runs in 31 balls. Dubey and injured veteran left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate, whose inability to bowl badly hit Vidarbha, were both trapped on short balls. Tushar Deshpande (2-53).
In an award which is expected to improve his chances of making the India A team, Kotian was named 'Player of the Tournament'. Apart from scoring 501 runs at 41.83 in 10 matches and taking 29 wickets at 16.96, Kotian played a brilliant role in Mumbai's victory.
'Player of the Final' award went to Musheer KhanWho scored a match-deciding 136 in the second innings, besides taking two wickets for 48 runs (including the wicket of Karun Nair) during Vidarbha's historic chase.
short scoreMumbai: 224 and 418 beat Vidarbha 105 and 368 (K Nair 74, A Wadkar 102; T Kotian 4/95) by 169 runs.

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