Mumbai 393 (Tamore 115, Jaiswal 100, Karan 4-46) and 533 for 4 dec (Jaiswal 181, Jaffer 127, Prince 2-92) drew with Uttar Pradesh 181 (Mavi 48, Deshpande 3-34, Kotian 3-35) – Mumbai qualify for the final on first-innings lead
Mumbai produced an all-round performance in what turned out to be a dull draw against Uttar Pradesh at the Just Cricket Academy, eventually qualifying for the final on the basis of a first-innings lead. They will now take on Madhya Pradesh – who beat Bengal by 174 runs in the other semi-final – in Bengaluru from June 22.
After initially being 213 ahead, Mumbai’s overall lead stood at 746 runs by the time they decided to declare their second innings on 533 on the final afternoon. However, that Mumbai had all but made the final was certain at stumps on Day 4 itself, by when they were already 662 in front.
After posting 393 in the first innings on being inserted by Uttar Pradesh, the Mumbai bowlers rattled the opposition to bowl them out for 180. Pace bowlers Tushar Deshpande and Mohit Avasthi, and offspinner Tanush Kotian grabbed three wickets each. If not for the late resistance from Shivam Mavi, who fell two runs short of a fifty, they would have folded much earlier.
Mumbai were also helped by Uttar Pradesh, who dropped a total of eight catches in the match.
Uttar Pradesh were bowled out on the third day, and with a hefty first-innings lead already in Mumbai’s pocket, they continued piling on the runs rather than choose to enforce the follow-on. Champions for a record 41 times already, Mumbai now have a chance to add to that tally at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.