Mumbai captain Shaw has continued his brilliant form in this season’s Vijay Hazare trophy, taking over Uttar Pradesh’s attack from the start. Tare continued at the start provided by his captain, remaining undefeated leading Mumbai to an unforgettable triumph with six goalkeepers.
Older Mumbai Wicketkeeper-Batsman hit 18 fours as he lifted the first hundred of his career on the A. Tara list, who made his first-class debut more than a decade ago, relied on all his experience and played a very mature kick of the big day.
One of Tara’s most interesting knocks was a hit by the unusual Yash Dayal on three fours in a row in the 33rd round. He raised a hundred leading Aaqib Khan to fine legs for one. The 33-year-old hit the winning streak for Mumbai in the 42nd goal, cutting Dayal in the gap between a short third man and a gap of four.
Earlier, Mumbai had a terrifying 313 to win after an undefeated 158 by Madhava Kaushika raised Uttar Pradesh to 312 by 4.
Shaw, however, ensured that Mumbai was never under pressure by creating a sharp blow. He broke ten fours and four sixes in his belligerent inning.
From the very second ball in Mumbai, Shaw pushed Dayal through the covers for four to signal his intention. He dropped out in the middle of the second, a reversal in Mumbai, was bowled by Aaqib Khan, and Prithvi Shaw forced Uttar Pradesh to pay with back-to-back limits in the same section.
In Dayal’s next finish, the right-hander knocked down his first six, hitting the bowler over a deep heel. There were two more boundaries, as over 15 tracks fell out.
Prithvi Shaw raised his fifties with just 30 balls, interpreting Shivam Mavi over the deep counter. Two more sixes followed in Shivama Sharma’s next match, while the Mumbai captain looked good for the new hundred.
It wasn’t supposed to be another three-digit score, though Shaw pulled a short ball from Mavi to a deep square foot at 73. By the time he was injured, Mumbai was driving to 89, for just 9.1 overs.
Earlier in the day there was little fear for Mumbai when Shaw was taken off the field after being hit in the lower leg while playing on the field. But he came back to produce another remarkable display with a stick. During his typing, Shaw also became the first player to score 800 runs in a single edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Mumbai’s second opener, Yashasvi Jaiswal, gave the sedans 29 out of 30. Experienced Tare and Shams Mulani (36 out of 43) then pushed Mumbai towards victory. After Mulani was fired, the young versatile Shivam Dube came in and knocked down 42 of 28, while Mumbai went home with an incredible 51 balls.
The Mumbai beating weighs a ton of Madhava Kaushika into the shade
Although Shaw and Tare were sensational with the bat, Uttar Pradesh opener Madhav Kaushik also nailed the star earlier in the day. He hit through fifty overs, remained undefeated at 158 with 156 balls, hit 15 fours and four sixes.
Kaushik performed in the opening with 122 runs with Samarth Singh, who gave 55 out of 73. However, Uttar Pradesh they started extremely slowly because the first three overings of their inning were all girls.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning that Kaushik opened up, launching Tushar Deshpande at two fours and six. He then drove Dhawal Kulkarni through successive borders.
As he grew in confidence, Singh knocked down Shivam Dube on three fours in the 16th – two short balls and one half-volley. He went on to hit three sixes to create an impressive half century. The opening of the partnership ended when Singha cleared Prashant Solanki of the last ball on the 26th over.
Uttar Pradesh captain Karan Sharma fell on the golden duck Tanush Kotian and young Priyam Garg could only give 21. Kaushik, however, found a capable ally in the semi-final hero Akshdeep Nath (55 of 40). The duo added 128 for the fourth goalkeeper as Uttar Pradesh approached 300.
Kaushik raised his hundred by pulling Solanki to the long-on for the maximum. Both Kaushik and Nath have gone on the attack in the last ten overs. The partnership ended in 49 when a terrible mess saw Nath run out.
Kaushik finished Uttar Pradesh’s intro in some style, launching Deshpande for a trio of four of the same number of deliveries, the first of which raised his 150. However, that should not have been close enough, as Mumbai’s striking strength proved too strong for the day.