Vidarbha beat MP to meet Mumbai in Ranji Trophy Final

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 06, 2024 IST

Vidarbha Win Ranji Semi

Nagpur, Mar 06: Vidarbha will play Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy Final, which begins on March 10.

On Day 4 of the keenly contested first semi-final, here on Wednesday, hosts  Vidarbha held their nerves to clinch a victory from the jaws of defeat against Madhya Pradesh, to set a summit clash with formidable Mumbai.

Madhya Pradesh despite a valiant fight back, lost by 62 runs, as Vidarbha managed to win the cliff-hanger. The star of the Vidarbha win was Player-of-the-Match Yash Rathod, who slammed 141 in the second innings. 

Rathod earlier had managed only 17 in Vidarbha's first innings, which was limited to a paltry 170. MP's Avesh Khan had rattled Vidarbha with a 4/49 haul in his 15 overs spell.

The match was evenly poised at Day 4 stumps with MP putting on board 228/6 in the second innings. On the final day, Vidarbha needed 4 wickets and MP another 93 runs more to win the semi battle.

But on Day 5, the match swung in favour of the home side. Vidarbha needed only 11.5 overs to wrap-up MP's second innings. The visitors could add only 25 runs on Day 5, as they conceded a 62-run defeat.

Vidarbha will now take on Ajinkya Rahane-led Mumbai in the final, which starts on Sunday. Mumbai had outplayed Tamil Nadu in the other one-sided semi fight, with an innings and 70 runs convincing victory.

Rahane, though has failed to impress with the bat so far, but has marshalled his troops very well to take Mumbai to yet another Ranji Final. 

Known for his cool composure and sharp leadership, India Test-snubbed Rahane, has smartly guided Mumbai so far, without any major challenge in this year's Ranji Trophy.

Mumbai has been the most successful team in the Ranji Trophy history, as they have a booked a berth in the Ranji Final for the 48th time.

Brief Scores:

Vidarbha 170 & 402;

MP 250 & 258.

Vidarbha won by 62 runs, enter Ranji Final.

Player-of-the-Match: Yash Rathod.

Vidarbha-Mumbai Ranji Final from March 10.

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  • Avesh Khan
  • Ranji Trophy
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Yash Rathod

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