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  • 5:33 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 228 lead Gujarat 2/0 (Samit Gohil 2, Priyank Kirit Panchal 0): Stumps at Indore! Mumbai put down a major chance as Prithvi Shaw dropped Samit Gohil at slip. Gujarat will look not to let go this chance. Both their openers have been splendid in the tournament and they will look to finish it off like that only. The pressure of runs is not there and they will try to grab the lead.

  • 5:06 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 228 ( Vijay Gohil 0 ; RP Singh 2 for 48, Chintan Gaja 2 for 46): The Mumbai innings comes to an end with 228 runs on the board. The batting has been disappointing at a crucial stage such as the final. Gujarat have a string and in form batting line-up and Mumbai bowlers will be under pressure to give Mumbai a first-innings lead with these many runs on the board. Prithvi Shaw, Surya Kumar Yadav and Abhishek Nayar were the only three to have contributed significantly with the bat.
    OUT! Abhishek Nayar c Parthiv Patel (c&wk) b Rush Kalaria 35

  • 4:48 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 221/9 (Abhishek Nayar 29, Vijay Gohil 0 ; RP Singh 2 for 48, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45): Abhishek Nayar is playing his type of cricket, keeping most of the strikes to himself and hitting as much as he can to add to the team score.Mumbai have just one wicket in hand and his gameplan is legitimate. Gujarat did an exceptional job with the ball.
    OUT! Visha Dabholkar run out 3

  • 4:28 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 207/8 (Vishal Dabholkar 3, Abhishek Nayar 15 ; RP Singh 2 for 48, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45): Mumbai lose 2 more wickets as Sandhu and Shardul Thakur depart in quick succession. To score runs, Nayar will need support from the other end but anyone can hardly survive the Gujarat bowling attack. Both depart in same manner, giving catch to the slip fielder. Thakur had scored a half-century in the last match but now departs for a duck.
    OUT! Balwinder Singh Sandhu c Bhargav Merai b Rujul Bhatt 6
    OUT! Shardul Thakur c Bhargav Merai b Rujul Bhatt 0

  • 3:56 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 200/6 (Abhishek Nayar 10, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 6 ; RP Singh 2 for 48, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45): Abhishek Nayar has been one crucial player this season, taking crucial wickets while has contributed with runs as well. He will again have to contribute with the bat. Partnering with Sandhu, he brings up 200 for Mumbai. Sandhu, at the other end, has also been batting sensibly. The runrate has gone down significantly though.

  • 3:38 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 192/6 ( Abhishek Nayar 3, Balwinder Singh Sandhu 6 ; RP Singh 2 for 48, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45): Only one boundary since Tea so far and both the batsmen playing carefully. They cannot afford another wicket at this point and will look to push the run beyond 250 at least. Gujarat have done a great job and Mumbai under a lot of pressure. The batsmen at the crease will have to find gaps and steal singles.

  • 3:23 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 185/6 ( Balwinder Singh Sandhu 1, Abhishek Nayar 2; RP Singh 2 for 47, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45): Back from tea, At the crease now, Sandhu and Nayar and the responsibility of scoring the crucial runs are on these two. The two had earlier played very responsibly during the semi-final against Tamil Nadu and built up a very crucial partnership. They will be expected to replicate such a performance here again.

  • 2:55 PM IST

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    *TEA*
    At Indore: Mumbai 179/6 (Abhishek Nayar 1; RP Singh 2 for 41, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45):
    This session entirely belonged to Gujarat. Mumbai were in a good position even after losing 2 early wickets but Gujarat made a comeback in this session, bagging 4 wickets and giving away 78 runs. Last to depart was Siddhesh Lad, who edges a short delivery to the ‘keeper.
    OUT! Siddhesh Lad c Parthiv Patel (c&wk) b RP Singh 23

  • 2:41 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 175/5 ( Siddhesh Lad 19, Abhishek Nayar 1; RP Singh 1 for 37, Chintan Gaja 2 for 45):
    Chintan Gaja picks up his second and a set Surya Kumar Yadav has to depart. This was the last thing Mumbai wanted before tea to happen. After playing a commendable knock, the batsman departs for a wrong shot selection. Goes for a pull but ends up giving a catch to Hardik Patel at mid-off.
    OUT! Surya Kumar Yadav c Hardik Patel b Chintan Gaja 57

  • 2:22 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 166/4 (Surya Kumar Yadav 55, Siddhesh Lad 13; RP Singh 1 for 31, Hardik Patel 1 for 40):
    The partnership has so far added 38 runs and these will have to aim to bat the entire day. something beyond 350 will be a competitive first innings score but Gujarat have a strong batting line-up with batsmen in good runs.

  • 2:06 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 160/4 (Surya Kumar Yadav 52, Siddhesh Lad 10; RP Singh 1 for 30, Hardik Patel 1 for 35):
    150 up for Mumbai and 50 for Surya Kumar Yadav. gets to the landmark in style, with a boundary through the cover. Boundaries coming from Lad as well, these will release pressure. Yadav is the second batsman to score 50 in the innings but Mumbai is yet to have a good partnership building and these two will have to do that to ensure a big total.

  • 1:48 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 144/4 (Surya Kumar Yadav 40, Siddhesh Lad 6; RP Singh 1 for 30, Hardik Patel 1 for 29):
    Mumbai need to avoid playing risky shots. Surya Kumar Yadav’s innings will be the key fir Mumbai. He has spent more time at the crease among the two. Has good runs on the board which will provide him with more confidence. Lad will have to take singles and give more strikes to Yadav. That will keep the scorecard going and settle the two at the crease.

  • 1:27 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 130/4 (Surya Kumar Yadav 33, Siddhesh Lad 0; RP Singh 1 for 20, Hardik Patel 1 for 20): Gujarat on top of the game. They have not only removed the set Prithvi Shaw, but also the Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare. Mumbai is taking too many risks and have lost two wickets post lunch in quick succession. Shawá was a run out but Tare missed the line of the delivery. Mumbai at backfoot.
    OUT! Aditya Tare c Rujul Bhatt b Hardik Patel 4

  • 12:54 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 106/3 (Surya Kumar Yadav 15, Aditya Tare 0; RP Singh 1 for 20, Chintan Gaja 1 for 32): Back after Lunch and Mumbai seem charged ever than before. Suryakumar takes charge and smashes a big one over the bowlers head. Hardik Patel gets his first wicket and it is a huge wicket of Shaw for 71. Gujarat gain control of the game once again.
  • 12:07 PM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 97/2 (Prithvi Shaw 70, Surya Kumar Yadav 7; RP Singh 1 for 20): LUNCH! Mumbai, despite losing two wickets, will be confident going into lunch. Prithvi Shaw is set and Surya Kumar Yadav has also spent some time at the crease. They will expect these two to proceed after lunch while pressure is gradually building on Parthiv Patel and his boys from Gujarat, having given away 97 runs in the first session.

  • 11:46 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 88/2 (Prithvi Shaw 65, Surya Kumar Yadav 3; RP Singh 1 for 19): All Gujarat will need to gain control of the game is another wicket, preferably of Prithvi. The Mumbai batting is quite long. THERE’SA CHANCE, CHIRAG GANDHI CLAIMS TO HAVE CAUGHT HIM, BUT THE BALL HAS BOUNCED! Gandhi was quite confident but the umpire went upstairs to confirm that there was a bump and Prithvi survives again. It surely was a risky shot and got the top edge to fall short of the fielder.

  • 11:28 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 81/2 (Prithvi Shaw 58, Surya Kumar Yadav 3; RP Singh 1 for 18): 50 up for Prithvi Shaw! The 17-year-old has impressed with his batting thoroughly since he has been included to the side. His innings has boosted the Mumbai scorecard with runs despite losing 2 early wickets. His wicket will be the eye of teh bird for Gujarat but after being dropped once, he will play more carefully and attempt less risky shots.

  • 11:06 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 54/2 (Prithvi Shaw 35, Surya Kumar Yadav 0; RP Singh 1 for 18): Another wicket for Gujarat. That was one poor shot from Iyer. The shot was not a confident one and Parthiv Patel made no mistake holding on to the catch. A wide delivery that could have easily been left. Prithvi is now joined by Surya Kumar Yadav.

    OUT! Shreyas Iyer c Parthiv Patel (c&wk) b Chintan Gaja 14

  • 10:43 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 47/1 (Prithvi Shaw 31, Shreyas Iyer 11; RP Singh 1 for 18): Edged and dropped! The ball was way outside off-stump but Prithvi attempts it, only to edge it to the first slip. But the second-slip fielder goes for it only to end it in a mess. Could have been a big wicket looking at how the batsman is playing. Plays a picturesque shot the next ball. Pitched up and Shaw hits it through cover.

  • 10:27 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 35/1 (Prithvi Shaw 19, Shreyas Iyer 11; RP Singh 1 for 18): The outfield looks to be quick, good scoring surface. After a hundred in the last match, Prithvi Shaw looks immensely confident today. His techniques look very good, good follow-through. He is eager to find the gap.

  • 10:14 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 24/1 (Prithvi Shaw 19, Shreyas Iyer 1; RP Singh 17/1): Seamer Chintan Gaja comes into attack. A delivery outside off and Iyer leaves it. Mumbai being very cautious here. Iyer is looking for quick singles here but Gujarat are keeping them on toes. No run there. Aaand Gujarat get another maiden over. RP Singh comes back and Prithivi Shaw does not spare him this time. Back-to-back boundaries for the Mumbai opening batsman. Dot to end the over.
  • 10:05 AM IST
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    At Indore: Mumbai 14/1 (Prithvi Shaw 9, Shreyas Iyer 1; RP Singh 7/1): And RP Singh gets the first wicket. Mumbai had just started getting runs and a wicket already. Herwadkar after struggling was picked for 4 and the ball hit the front stick. What a wicket for grabs. Gujarat begin their innings on perfect note. Shreyas Iyer enters at No. 3 and he is off the mark right away.

  • 9:44 AM IST
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    At Indore: Mumbai 1/0 (Akhil Herwadkar 0, Prithvi Shaw 1): RP Singh back into attack and Mumbai can heave sigh of relief as they get their first run. Prithvi Shaw opens the account. After 18 deliveries Mumbai have earned just a run so far.

  • 9:39 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 0/0 (Akhil Herwadkar 0, Prithvi Shaw 0): Now comes into attack Rush Kalaria who has bagged 26 wickets this season. He will be the perfect pacer to take the innings ahead for Gujarat after RP Singh. Herwadkar and Shaw are being careful with their shots with some short balls coming their way. This is turning to be a maiden over as well and dot to end the over.
  • 9:36 AM IST

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    At Indore: Mumbai 0/0 (Akhil Herwadkar 0, Prithvi Shaw 0): RP Singh begins the proceedings and Prithvi Shaw on strike for Mumbai. Indore is witnessing its 6th Raji Trophy final and what better competition than Mumbai and Gujarat. It has been a fine start for Gujarat with RP Singh with a maiden over.

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  • 9:19 AM IST

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    TOSS UPDATE: guj win toss and elect to field

live-2 Good Morning, शुभ प्रभात! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog session of Day One of the summit clash of the 83rd edition Ranji Trophy 2016-17. The tournament has boiled down to the finale with the best two teams competing for the title. Mumbai and Gujarat play each other in the all-important final match of India’s premier domestic tournament at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Mumbai will be eyeing their 42nd triumph in the history of the tournament whereas Gujarat have their goals set to lift the trophy for the first time. Both the teams are coming on the back of victories in the semi-finals against Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand respectively.

Gujarat’s previous appearance in the final of Ranji Trophy was in 1950-51, when they lost to erstwhile Holkar side. It is after 66 years that they have made it to the tournament’s final for the first time. The main architects of their dream campaign thus far have been openers Priyank Panchal and Samit Gohel. While Panchal has scored 1,270 runs in the season so far, thus being away from VVS Laxman’s all-time record for most-runs in a Ranji Trophy season by only 146 runs, Gohel too has notched 889 runs, putting him seventh on the list of leading run-getters this season which is topped by his partner.

Apart from them, the team also boasts of Manpreet Juneja, team’s third-most run-scorer this season and captain Parthiv Patel. In the bowling department, Gujarat have been weakened a bit after their star bowler Jasprit Bumrah left the team ahead of the final clash to serve the national team for limited-overs leg of the England tour of India. In Bumrah’s absence, Gujarat’s pace department will be lead by a rejuvenated RP Singh and Rush Kalaria. The aforementioned players have the onus of taking Gujarat across the line for the first time and handing them their first-ever Ranji title.

But they have a monumental task ahead of them, for their opponents have been there and done that on number of occasions. Mumbai, the current title holders, have entered the final stage of Ranji Trophy for a record 46th time. In their 45 final appearances so far, they have won 41, making them the most successful and consistent team in the tournament’s history. The defending champions have all their bases covered ahead of the final. In young Prithvi Shaw and back-to-full-fitness Akhil Herwadkar, they have a solid opening pair; in Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad and Abhishek Nayar, they have a strong batting line-up and in Shardul Thakur and Vijay Gohil, they have bowlers who can run through any batting line-up.

All-in-all, it promises to be a cracker of a game. The last time these two teams played this season, in the group stage, Gujarat’s batting prevailed over their opponents’, thus gaining them the vital first-innings lead. Panchal hammered 232 and 56* in the game while Iyer scored 194 for Mumbai. When the two teams clash at Holkar Stadium in the final starting January 10, all eyes shall once again be on these two batsmen.

Squads:

Mumbai: Aditya Tare (c & wk), Praful Waghela, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Abhishek Nayar, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Tushar Deshpande, Royston Dias, Sufiyan Shaikh (wk), Vijay Gohil, Akshay Girap, Eknath Kerkar, Prithvi Shaw, Akhil Herwadkar and Vishal Dabholkar.

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Samit Gohel, Priyank Panchal, Bharghav Merai, Manprit Juneja, Rujul Bhatt, Chirag Gandhi, Rush Kalaria, RP Singh, Mehul Patel, Chintan Gaja, Hardik Patel, Dhruv Raval, Karan Patel.