Thursday, March 30, 2023

Ranji Trophy: Shaw’s unbeaten double hundred provides Mumbai higher hand towards Assam on day one

Prithvi Shaw slowly ran in direction of the non-striker’s finish after pushing a Swarupam Purkayastha supply for a single and kissed his bat earlier than elevating his fist within the air.

It was a particular second for the 23-year-old as he scored an unbeaten 240 (283b, 33×4, 1×6) – his second first-class double century – to information Mumbai to 397-2 towards Assam in an important Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture on Tuesday.

The final time he scored a first-class double century was towards Baroda, again in 2019. And nearly three-and-a-half years later, Shaw relied on his pure sport and strokeplay to succeed in one other profession milestone.

On the picturesque Amingaon Cricket Floor, which hosted its first first-class sport, Shaw solid an unbroken 200-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (73 n.o., 140b, 5×4) to place Mumbai within the driver’s seat.

On a flat deck, which hardly had something in it for the bowlers, it was a baffling resolution for Assam to win the toss and put Mumbai in to bat. Profiting from the chance, Shaw and Rahane took their time earlier than flexing their muscle tissue.

Whereas Shaw, who hadn’t registered a three-digit rating on this version till Tuesday, reduce and drove fluently, hitting as many as 33 boundaries, Rahane held fort on the different finish.

Half-way by way of his innings, a fan breached the safety and entered the bottom to the touch Rahane’s ft. Earlier than the safety personnel may whisk away the spectator, he exchanged smiles with the Mumbai captain.

With Armaan Jaffer run out, Rahane joined Shaw with Mumbai on 197-2, laying the muse for a powerful partnership.

Shaw had a 123-run opening stand with Musheer Khan. Shaw tormented Assam pacers Hridip Deka and Mukhtar Hussain earlier than mentioning his fifty with a cultured boundary by way of the deep further cowl.

In the meantime, Musheer fell eight wanting his maiden half-century after being caught behind by stumper Abhishek Thakuri off Mukhtar Hussain.

Slew of modifications

Mumbai made just a few modifications to its enjoying XI – it introduced in India worldwide Shardul Thakur, whereas Tushar Deshpande was rested, making means for Royston Dias. Wicketkeeper Prasad Pawar made the reduce forward of Hardik Tamore. The visiting aspect would hope its choice calls repay over the remaining three days.

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