Thakur's Century, Kotian's Heroics Give Mumbai Commanding Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Thakur's Century, Kotian's Heroics Give Mumbai Commanding Lead in Ranji Semifinal

Shardul Thakur's scintillating century and Tanush Kotian's unbeaten half-century propelled Mumbai to a commanding position in their Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu. Thakur's counterattacking 109, featuring 13 fours and four sixes, rescued Mumbai from a precarious 106 for seven.

Sai Kishore's six-wicket haul had threatened to derail Mumbai's innings, but Thakur's onslaught turned the tide. He forged crucial partnerships with Hardik Tamore (35) and Kotian (74 not out), adding 105 and 79 runs respectively.

Thakur's innings was a masterclass in aggression and adaptability. He pierced gaps with precision and cleared the field with disdain, bringing up his maiden century across formats. Despite an ankle injury, he continued to torment the Tamil Nadu bowlers.

Kotian, who had played a pivotal role in Mumbai's previous match with a 232-run stand for the 10th wicket, continued his impressive form. He played like a specialist batter, cracking 10 fours in his unbeaten 74.

Mumbai's tailenders once again played a crucial role, with Tushar Deshpande (17 not out) joining Kotian to add an unbeaten 63 runs for the 10th wicket. This rearguard action gave Mumbai a massive 207-run first-innings lead.

Sai Kishore's impressive bowling performance was overshadowed by Thakur's heroics. The Tamil Nadu skipper opened the bowling in conditions favoring seamers and delivered a superb spell of 17-6-28-4 in the first session. He also dismissed Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer.

Despite the setback, Mumbai's young opener Musheer (55) showed maturity and resilience. However, a lapse in concentration led to his dismissal, leaving Thakur to take charge of the innings.

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