Patidar ton place MP on the eve of historic Ranji Trophy triumph

Bengaluru: Rajat Patidar marked his class with an authoritarian century to put Madhya Pradesh on the cusp of their historic Ranji Trophy triumph over 41-time champions Mumbai on a rainy fourth day of the summit clash here on Saturday .

Havens opened minutes before the tea break and Madhya Pradesh finished their first innings at 536 shortly after the restart with a breakthrough lead of 162 runs, thanks to Patidar’s superb 122, which counted to 20 limits .

Four hundred were scored by batters on either side, but none oozed more class and skill than Patidar, who was in a league of its own when it came to royal drives on both sides of the wicket.

At the stumps, Mumbai erased part of the deficit, reaching 113 for 2 with Prithvi Shaw (44 from 51 balls) and Hardik Tamore (25 from 32 balls), promoted in order, showing positive intention but throwing their wickets away in desperation of cause. quick runs.

Shaw was fired with a classic bowling shot wide outside the stump and he eventually chased one from Gourav Yadav straight into the hands of cover.

With 95 overs remaining on the final day, there is very little chance Mumbai will win this game unless they score over 320 runs in 50 overs (including Saturday’s overs) and set a target of 150 odds for MP with at least 45-50 overs to get all 10 wickets.

The wicket shows no signs of unraveling and therefore the possibility of an MP collapse in the fourth innings does not seem imminent at this time. Above all, knowing that they have a lead in the first leg, MP will now like to lower the flaps because the end will prove the means.

The day belonged to Patidar

When day four started, MP needed seven more points to take the lead in the first moto, but what was more important was that Patidar played at least one session and he did so with minimal difficulty. turmoil, which could now prove decisive in the context of the Game.

Patidar broke seven more boundaries after his 13 on day three and by the time he was out for 122 balls from 219, Madhya Pradesh’s lead had passed 100 points and the glum faces of the Mumbai players said it all.

A straight-faced Chandrakant Pandit, who has been sitting all four days in a corner of the locker room, can now afford a broad smile as even a miracle cannot turn things around for his home country.

The Madhya Pradesh rounds lasted exactly 14 hours and two minutes and by the end of it all they had beaten Mumbai, a similar type of torture the national powerhouse is used to inflicting on their opponents over the years.

Patidar first hit Mohit Avasthi for a boundary then hit him through the cover point for a couple to give MP the biggest lead.

When a player finds his mark at a higher level, he tends to dominate at a level that is notch below. The IPL could have been a white ball competition, but the kind of confidence Patidar gained in his century against the Lucknow Super Giants in the May 25 IPL Eliminator came in handy. He made the best use of it exactly one month later, on June 25, when he got his eighth and most important cent of his first-class career.

The cornerstone of MP’s success this season has been their consistently No. 2, 3, and 4 hitting and scoring streaks.

While Patidar has so far scored 628 points and is second to Sarfaraz Khan (937) in the run-getters list, Yash Dubey (613) and Shubham Sharma (578) have also earned their stripes with winning performances.

While Dubey and Sharma provided solidity, Patidar added flamboyance with his adventurous shot-playing but at the same time was shrewd enough to know when he needed to defend.

Mulani, the tireless operator

Shams Mulani was a disappointment for most of day three as he went 40 overs with just one wicket to show his efforts. His final numbers for the day 63.2-11-173-5 might not make for great reading, but the left arm round spinner gave it his all as Shaw used him unchanged from start to finish until ‘at lunch.

He was better on the fourth morning as he rolled a little slower through the air and gave the ball more flight as he dipped on some of the lower middle order hitters.

He got a capable ally in Avasthi (32-7-93-2) while Tushar Deshpande (36-10-116-3) was sharp in a few of his spells.

The delivery to clean Patidar was an out-of-cut delivered from a wide ply.

The man whose performance was like a sore thumb was Dhawal Kulkarni (24-4-53-0), who mostly made innocuous deliveries on the off-strain fifth and sixth channels.

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