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Ranji Trophy: Mumbai dominate on Day 1 against Tamil Nadu at MCA Cricket Ground

Updated on: 03 March,2024 07:05 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Subodh Mayure |

Pacer Tushar Deshpande claims 3-24 as Tamil Nadu skittle out for just 146 on opening day of Ranji Trophy semi-final; hosts score 45-2 at stumps

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai dominate on Day 1 against Tamil Nadu at MCA Cricket Ground

Tushar Deshpande on Day One of the Ranji Trophy semi-final v TN on Saturday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Close on the heels of his century effort as a No. 11 batsman against Baroda, Mumbai pacer Tushar Deshpande decided it’s a good time to strike early in his spell with the red cherry.  

He did so with three wickets to put Mumbai on top in their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu at the MCA-BKC ground on Saturday.

Clearly, Day One of the tie belonged to the 41-time champions, who shot out the opposition for 146. At stumps, the hosts were 45 for the loss of Prithvi Shaw and Bhupen Lalwani.

Deshpande’s 3-24 included three of TN’s top five batsmen—Pradosh Ranjan Paul, captain Sai Kishore and Baba Indrajith.

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Early breakthrough

TN skipper Sai Kishore decided to bat on a grassy pitch and immediately faced the consequences when openers Sai Sudharsan (0) and Narayan Jagadeesan (4) were back in the dressing room by the sixth over. International pacer Shardul Thakur (2-48) trapped Sudharsan leg before in the day’s very first over before Jagadeesan misjudged pacer Mohit Avasthi’s (1-23) length and offered an easy catch to short leg fielder Musheer Khan. 

One-drop Paul (8) opened his and the team’s account with a four; a well-timed flick off Thakur on the very first ball he faced. 

However, he didn’t last long as Deshpande, who was introduced in the ninth over as first change, held on to a caught and bowled chance in his first over. 
Kishore (1), who played a patient knock of 60 off 144 balls against Saurashtra at No.3 in the quarter-final at Coimbatore, was sent at No.4 and took 10 balls to open his account. He failed to counter Deshpande’s fuller length delivery only to see his stumps uprooted. By the 17th over, TN had lost their most experienced batsman Indrajith (11), who is playing his 75th first-class game, with the scoreboard reading 42-5. 

His attempt to hit a Deshpande delivery through the midwicket region failed and Tanush Kotian took a splendid diving catch in front of him at short midwicket.
It looked like the hosts would bowl out TN inside 100, but two India all-rounders—Vijay Shankar (44, 8x4) and Washington Sundar (43, 5x4) stitched a partnership of 48 runs, the highest stand of the innings. Vijay Shankar was dismissed by Thakur for 44, while Sundar fell to off-spinner Tanush Kotian (2-10). Musheer claimed 2-18 with his left-arm spin. 

‘We bowled in the right channels’ 

A delighted Deshpande said: “We wanted to bowl first because the wicket had enough for the pace bowlers. We bowled in the right channels rather than individual bowling strengths.”

Musheer (24 not out, 3x4) and nightwatchman Mohit Avasthi (1 not out) played a good hand for Mumbai towards the end of the day.

Brief scores
TN 146 all out (V Shankar 44, W Sundar 43; T Deshpande 3-24, T Kotian 2-10, M Khan 2-18, S Thakur 2-48) v Mumbai 45-2 (M Khan 24*)

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