About the Match
It has been an exhilarating Ranji season and it all comes down to the title clash between two strong contenders; Gujarat and Mumbai won their semi-final matches in an emphatic way, giving their fans the perfect New Year’s gift and will now take on each other in the Finals at Indore starting from 10th January. While Gujarat defeated Jharkhand by a massive 123 runs after an all-round performance, Mumbai registered a berth in the finals by defeating Tamil Nadu by 6 wickets thanks to a terrific performance by the youngsters. Both teams are equally matched to win the contest; whichever side can use its resources cleverly and dominate on the field, will edge past to lift the trophy.
Priyank Panchal showcased his brilliance with the bat as he posted a stupendous 149 off 267, taking the team to a gigantic 390-runs in the first innings of the semi-final match against Jharkhand. Others like Merai, Parthiv Patel and RP Singh contributed well to keep the scoreboard ticking while Jasprit Bumrah’s superb 6-29 in 14 overs of the 2nd innings demolished the opposition, helping them win the match by 123 runs.
The young medium pacer bowled with precision and is a vital asset for the team; he got good support from speedster RP Singh, who took 6 wickets in the first innings and followed up with 3 scalps in the second. Others like Hardik Patel, Kalarai and Bhatt bring variety to the attack and can combine well to stun the Mumbai batsmen.
Samit Gohel could support Panchal well in the top-order and he is in good nick with the bat; middle order batsmen Juneja, who scored 81 runs in the semi-final, Chirag Gandhi, Bhatt and Merai add depth to the batting line-up. They have good resources with bat and ball who can try to post a stiff challenge to the opposition next week.
Chasing 251-run target in the semi-final match against Tamil Nadu, 17-year old debutante Prithvi Shaw packed a strong punch as he scored his maiden century in the 2nd innings to steer the team across the finish line in a winning performance. Waghela, Shreyas Iyer, captain Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav and Abhishek Nayar contributed well and they add depth to the batting line-up.
All-rounders like Shardul Thakur, Sandhu, Iyer and Nayar can do well with bat and ball, and are strong pillars of the team. Medium pacers Sandhu and Nayar picked up 4 wickets each in the first innings while paceman Sandhu claimed a total of 3 wickets to help stifle Tamil Nadu. Spinners like Gohil, who has been consistently providing breakthroughs, and Akshay Girap bring their skills to the table and can be effective in containing the Gujarat hard-hitters.
When they met Gujarat last time in the group stage, the bowlers couldn’t stop the opponents from drawing the match after a terrific performance by the batsmen; however, their recent outings showcased their good form in all departments of the game, which could give them the upper hand.
Both teams have done extremely well this season after some stunning performances by the young talents; when they met last time around, the contest ended in a draw and this time too it will be a well-fought game. While Gujarat bowlers are in top form to demolish the opposition, we feel that Mumbai’s batting strength could come to their rescue and help them win the title here.