Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav and Shams Mulani star in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy win

A blazing double ton, a blitz of a century and a 10-wicket haul hand Mumbai a dominant victory over Baroda.

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Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav and Shams Mulani produced outstanding performances in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener against Baroda in Vadodara and made a winning start in their Elite Group B fixture.

Electing to bat first, it was Prithvi Shaw who set things off in the first innings with a quickfire 66 in just 62 balls and then steadied by Ajinkya Rahane’s 79 but Mumbai soon found themselves on the backfoot at 215/6.

It was here that Shams Mulani stepped up with his maiden fifty in First-Class cricket, scoring a solid 89. He teamed up with Shardul Thakur, who blazed a 63-ball 64, to put on 108 for the eighth wicket.

Shams Mulani continued to work with the tail, including debutant Shashank Attarde, as Mumbai went on to post 431 at the end of their innings.

When Baroda came out to bat, Shams Mulani starred with the ball as well as he grabbed five of the first six wickets to fall, including that of captain Krunal Pandya and Yusuf Pathan.

The 22-year-old left-arm spinner than swept the final wicket to end up with his maiden fifer, racking up figures of 6/99, as Baroda folded for 307 to give Mumbai a hefty 124-run lead.

In the second innings, Prithvi Shaw laid down a marker on his return to the domestic red-ball season as he hammered his maiden double-century in First-Class cricket.

Prithvi Shaw, who led North Mumbai Panthers to a T20 Mumbai title, seemed to be in a particularly murderous mood right from the get-go. He raised his century in 84 balls as he slammed the Baroda bowlers all over the park, forging a massive 190-run opening partnership with Jay Bista, whose 68 off 89 balls looked sedate in comparison.

He brought up his double-century off 174 balls and was eventually dismissed for 202 in 179 balls, ending with a strike-rate of 112.84 with 19 fours and 7 sixes.

It was the fastest double ton in the past 25 years of the Indian domestic scene, the top four spots of which are occupied by Mumbai players with Prithvi Shaw now leading the list.

After Shaw’s exit, Mumbai captain Suryakumar Yadav took it upon himself to continue tormenting the Baroda bowlers.

His all-out attack resulted in 12 fours and 5 sixes, the last a helicopter shot off Yusuf Pathan, and brought up his 13th First-Class century off just 70 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav, skipper of Triumph Mumbai North East in T20 Mumbai, declared right after he reached his landmark as Mumbai ended up scoring 409/4 at 6.16 runs per over to set Baroda a mammoth target of 534.

Baroda captain Krunal Pandya tried out eight different bowlers in the innings but none of them could escape the wrath of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as five of them ended up with an economy rate of eight or more.

The home side crumbled for 224 in their chase with Shams Mulani, an Aaksh Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs player, emerging as the lead bowler again by bagging 4/72 and registering a ten-wicket haul. His match figures read as 10/171 in just over 43 overs.

Mumbai will now play their next Ranji Trophy match against Railways on December 25.

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