Domestic giants Mumbai completed the formality of qualifying for the Ranji Trophy final by virtue of a first-inning lead on the final day of their last four game against Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday. Mumbai, the 41-time champion, dominated thoroughly from the first ball of the match, which ended in a draw, on the grounds of the Just Cricket Academy.
Mumbai had posted 393 in their first innings and then bundled Uttar Pradesh for a meager 180, to take a huge lead in the first innings.
When the piece ended on the fourth day on Friday, Mumbai had amassed a massive 449 for 4 in their second essay, courtesy of hundreds from Yashasvi Jaiswal and Armaan Jaffer.
On the stumps of Day 4, Mumbai took an overall lead of 662 runs, making it abundantly clear that only one result was possible from the match.
On Saturday, the game started after lunch due to the wet outfield, and throughout the night, batters Sarfaraz Khan and Shams Mulani continued to harass the UP bowlers.
Both Sarfaraz (59 out) and Mulani (51 out) completed their half-century, after which both captains decided to shake hands.
Mumbai placed 533 for 4 in their second essay.
Sarfaraz hit one border and three sixes, while Mulani hit six fours.
Mumbai will face Madhya Pradesh in the final, to be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium from June 22.
The final will be a battle between two former Mumbai players Amol Mazumdar and Chandrakant Pandit who are coaches of Mumbai and MP respectively.
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