1. Ranji Trophy Final, Day 5: Gujarat lifts maiden Ranji title as captain Parthiv Patel shines with a ton

Ranji Trophy Final, Day 5: Gujarat lifts maiden Ranji title as captain Parthiv Patel shines with a ton

Riding high on a match-winning century by captain Parthiv Patel, Gujarat made merry of the 312 runs target, forging two vital partnerships.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2017 4:23 PM
Parthiv Patel hit a match winning ton. (PTI) Parthiv Patel hit a match-winning ton. (PTI)

Gujarat defeated defending champions Mumbai, to lift its maiden Ranji Trophy title. Riding high on a match-winning century by captain Parthiv Patel, Gujarat made merry of the 312 runs target, as Parthiv forged two vital partnerships; first with Manpreet Juneja (116) and then with Rujul Bhatt (94). The Gujarat captain was in fine touch as he went on to score 143 runs, which included 24 boundaries.

An interesting fact, that proves Parthiv Patel to be a big match player, is that last year when Gujarat won their first maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy, Parthiv Patel scored a century in the final, even then!

The Gujarat cricket team continued to impress, during the post-lunch session, as the vital partnership between captain Parthiv Patel and Manpreet Juneja flourished as the duo added 116 runs, taking Gujarat’s total to 205.

The Gujarat captain had his tough moments in the first session of the day. However, he looked uncomfortable against the moving ball. Fast bowler Balwinder Sandhu, in particular, created a lot of trouble for him.

Fortunately, for Patel none of his inside edges found the stumps, while the outside edges kept flying through the slip cordon. However, he looked a completely different player in the second session of day and dominated the Mumbai bowlers.

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Patel’s innings includes a flurry of boundaries. He was well-supported by Manpreet Juneja who scored his second consecutive half-century of the match. However, he was caught behind by Mumbai’s captain Aditya Tare for 54 who was emotionally charged after taking the catch.

Gujarat needs only 27 more runs to lift their maiden Ranji Trophy title. It is expected that it will be a cakewalk for Patel and co. in the final session of Day-5, having lost only four wickets. Here on, they surely are the favourites but as they say, anything can happen in cricket. Maybe if Mumbai can get rid of Patel, they might create some panic here. We are up for another exciting session of cricket at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

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