Ranji Trophy knockouts have led to plenty of action on the 22-yard cricket strip. While Bengal broke a 129-year-old record after nine of their batters scored fifty-plus in their quarter-final clash versus Jharkhand, now another major record has been broken in the Mumbai-Uttarakhand clash. The Prithvi Shaw-led Mumbai team hammered Uttarakhand by a whopping 725-run margin to achieve the biggest-ever win (by runs) in first-class cricket.
Riding on mammoth a double century and ton from Suved Parkar and Sarfaraz Khan, respectively, Mumbai posted 647 for 8 declare in their first innings after batting first. In reply, Uttarakhand batters only managed a paltry 114 courtesy of spinner Shams Mulani’s five-fer. In their second essay, Mumbai rode on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 103 to declare at 261 for 3, setting up a mammoth 795-run target as Uttarakhand batters continued to fall flat. This time around, Uttarakhand folded for 69, losing the clash by a humongous margin.
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With this handsome win, the Prithvi Shaw-led team have broken the 92-year-old record of the previous biggest victory by runs when New South Wales demolished a toothless Queensland (by 685 runs) in Sheffield Shield 1929-30.
725 runs – Mumbai v Uttarakhand, today
685 runs – New South Wales v Queensland, 1930
675 runs – England v Australia, 1928
638 runs – New South Wales v South Australia, 1921
Thus, everything clicked for the Mumbai line-up in their memorable outing versus Uttarakhand as they have made a solid statement in the quarters and progress ahead into the last four round.
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