Mumbai v MP, Ranji Trophy 2015-16, semi-final, 4th day February 16, 2016

Suryakumar, Tare tons set MP 571 target

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Madhya Pradesh 227 (Naman Ojha 79, Dane 44, Sandhu 5-43) and 99 for 2 (Shrivastava 53*) need another 472 runs to beat Mumbai 371 (Iyer 90, Tare 68, Sakure 5-137) and 426 (Suryakumar 115, Tare 109, Nayar 73*)

File photo - Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for Mumbai with 115 © PTI

Centuries by Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare helped Mumbai set Madhya Pradesh a mammoth target of 571 on day four in Cuttack.

Tare, who sat out the last match with a finger injury, celebrated his return with a 199-ball 109 with the help of 16 fours and one six. Suryakumar took the same number of balls to make his 115 that comprised of 20 fours and one six. The pair added a steady 217-run stand for Mumbai's fifth wicket. After both batsmen fell in quick succession, Abhishek Nayar drove Mumbai to set MP a target of 571 - the highest in a Ranji Trophy semi-final since Karnataka set Uttar Pradesh a 615-run final innings target in 2009-10 - with an unbeaten 73. Shreyas Iyer also chipped in with a brisk half-century, during which he became fifth player to score 1200 or more runs in a Ranji Trophy season.

In response, MP lost Jalaj Saxena and the in-form Rajat Patidar cheaply. Aditya Shrivastava, however, steadied MP with a patient half-century that took them to 99 for 2 at stumps.

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  • Abhijith on February 17, 2016, 8:09 GMT

    Great knock by Ojha in second innings. Deserve to be 1st choice wk in test

  • Sudhir on February 16, 2016, 17:15 GMT

    It will be difficult to beat mumbai in final for saurastra...but this team in good touch..hope they win !!! Keep rocking saurastra !!! All the best from saurastrian !!

  • sachin on February 16, 2016, 16:53 GMT

    @all Sarfaraz has left Mumbai and shifted to another state.

  • Nikhil on February 16, 2016, 16:41 GMT

    DK can replace Badree Alam & Sarfaraz have moved out to UP. All the best Mumbai for the finals

  • J on February 16, 2016, 16:00 GMT

    Dhawal Kulkarni deserves a few more chance in the national team now, otherwise he will remain an unsung hero like amol majumdar (who made tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket but was never given a chance to represent India). Especially considering that none of the bowlers who have been tried so far have managed to deliver, in all fairness Dhawal Kulkarni should once again be tried out for a few tours.

  • Ashok on February 16, 2016, 15:58 GMT

    It looks likely that Mumbai will win the Ranji Trophy Final when they are in such a good form. I always felt Surya Yadav is a strong future bat for India with Tare gunning for Dhoni's spot as the WK. They also have young talent in Sarfaraz Khan & I think Pant is also from Mumbai. So the future augurs well for Mumbai even without Rohit Sharma often away playing for India. Kulkarni & Sandhu will lead their bowling attack. Congrats to Yadav & Tare for their fine rear guard action in form of centuries.

  •   Kumar Kulambur on February 16, 2016, 15:52 GMT

    Most likely Sarfaraz Khan may return to the playing XI.

  • Rasik on February 16, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    Mumbai does look very likely to reach the Final. They will mostly drop Badrey Alam if Dhawal is fit.

  • Salil on February 16, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    In all probability, it's going to be a Saurashtra-Mumbai final. Hopefully Dhawal Kulkarni will be back for the final. I would like to know what bowling combination Mumbai goes for. Do they drop Shardul Thakur for the in-form Sandhu? Hoping for the 41st Title! #KhadoosArmy

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