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Mumbai 647 for 8 dec (Parkar 252, Sarfaraz 153, Dhapola 3-89) and 261 for 3 dec (Jaiswal 103, Shaw 72) beat Uttarakhand 114 (Kamal 40, Mulani 5-39) and 69 (Khurana 25*, Kulkarni 3-11, Kotian 3-13, Mulani 3-15) by 725 runs
Mumbai registered the world record for the biggest ever first-class win in terms of runs by crushing Uttarakhand by 725 runs on their way to the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 semi-final. They went past the previous record of 685 runs, held by New South Wales when they beat Queensland in the Sheffield Shield way back in 1929-30.
Uttarakhand lost all ten wickets on the fourth morning after Mumbai declared their second innings overnight on 261. Uttarakhand were bowled out short of 28 overs the second time around, crumbling for 69. Dhawal Kulkarni, Tanush Kotian and Shams Mulani bagged three wickets each. The win was set up much earlier though, by debutant double-centurion Suved Parkar and Sarfaraz Khan, who cracked 153 in the first innings.
Parkar's 252 was the second-highest score by a Mumbai batter on first-class debut - he fell just eight short of his coach Amol Muzumdar's record - as they raked up 647, before cleaning Uttarakhand up for 114. Mulani pocketed 5 for 39 to continue his dream run in domestic cricket this season; he leads the Ranji wickets charts with 37 thus far.
Mumbai opted to bat again despite obtaining a mammoth first-innings lead of 533, allowing openers Prithvi Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal the opportunity to get a good score under their belts. Both capitalised on the chance: Shaw hit an entertaining 72 off 80 balls, while Jaiswal cracked 103, his maiden first-class century in his second match after he debuted in January 2019.
Uttarakhand reduced Mumbai to 64 for 2 on the first morning, but were never in the game thereafter as Parkar, Sarfaraz and Armaan Jaffer steadied the ship. Mumbai now meet Uttar Pradesh in the semi-final, after their come-from-behind win against Karnataka.
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