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Mumbai wins by the most runs in first-class cricket, Advancing to the Ranji Trophy semi-finals

Uttarakhand were knocked out for 725 runs in less than 28 overs on the fourth morning.

On their way to the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 semi-final, Mumbai set a new world record for the largest ever first-class win in terms of runs, defeating Uttarakhand by 725 runs. They broke the previous record of 685 runs set by New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in 1929-30.

After Mumbai declared their second innings overnight on 261, Uttarakhand lost all ten wickets on the fourth morning. The second time around, Uttarakhand was knocked out for 69 runs in under 28 overs.

Each of Dhawal Kulkarni, Tanush Kotian, and Shams Mulani took three wickets. Suved Parkar, a debutant double-centurion, and Sarfaraz Khan, who struck 153 in the first innings, set the tone for the victory.

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Ranji Trophy semi-finals
Ranji Trophy semi-finals

Parkar’s 252 was the second-highest first-class debut score by a Mumbai hitter (he was just eight short of his mentor Amol Muzumdar’s record) as they amassed 647 runs before dismissing Uttarakhand for 114. Mulani took 5 for 39 to extend his unbeaten streak in domestic cricket this season; he now has 37 Ranji wickets to his name.

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Despite having a massive first-innings lead of 533, Mumbai chose to bat again, giving openers Prithvi Shaw and Yashasvi Jaiswal the chance to get a solid score under their belts. Both took advantage of the opportunity:

Shaw scored an entertaining 72 off 80 balls, while Jaiswal smashed a first-class century in only his second encounter after making his debut in January 2019.

On the first morning, Uttarakhand reduced Mumbai to 64 for 2, but they were never in the game again as Parkar, Sarfaraz, and Armaan Jaffer kept the ship afloat. Following their come-from-behind triumph over Karnataka, Mumbai will face Uttar Pradesh in the semi-final.

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