Mantri's Century Guides Madhya Pradesh to First Innings Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Mantri's Century Guides Madhya Pradesh to First Innings Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Himanshu Mantri's masterful century propelled Madhya Pradesh to a commanding position in their Ranji Trophy semifinal against Vidarbha. Resuming on 47 for one, Mantri anchored the innings with a patient and technically sound knock of 126 off 265 deliveries. His innings, studded with 13 boundaries and a six, proved crucial as Madhya Pradesh gained an 82-run lead in the first innings.

Mantri's knock was a testament to his resilience and adaptability. Despite losing his opening partner early, he forged a solid partnership with Harsh Gawli, extending their alliance to 61 runs. However, Vidarbha's pacers struck back, dismissing Gawli and two more batsmen in quick succession.

Undeterred, Mantri found support in Sagar Solanki, adding 42 runs for the fifth wicket. He then combined with Saransh Jain for a crucial 73-run stand, taking Madhya Pradesh past Vidarbha's first innings total.

As the pitch eased out, spinners Aditya Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare posed some challenges. However, Mantri's skill and experience allowed him to counter their threats effectively. He reached his century with a quick single off Wakhare, celebrating the milestone with a roar.

Unfortunately, Mantri's dismissal soon after, along with Jain's, halted Madhya Pradesh's progress. However, their contributions had already laid the foundation for a strong lead.

In their second innings, Vidarbha lost Atharva Taide early, trailing by 69 runs at stumps. The match remains finely poised, with Madhya Pradesh holding a significant advantage but Vidarbha still in contention.

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