Ranji Trophy: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Hundreds of Armaan Jaffer derail UP; Mumbai leads by 662 points | Cricket News



BENGALURU: A dominant Bombay rode impressive hundreds of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Armaan Jaffer to put Uttar Pradesh on their backs by taking their overall lead past the 600 mark on day four of their Ranji Trophy semi-final on Friday.
It was a racing feast on day four as the two duke it out with authority and it’s all but certain now that the 41-time Ranji Trophy winners would sail into the clash at the top.

The team coached by Amol Mazumdar, in his second down, were balanced at 449 for four when the stumps were drawn and had an overall lead of a staggering 662 runs.
Jaiswal (181), who reached his first cent in the quarter-finals, slammed back-to-back centuries in the current as he and Jaffer (127), bulldozed an unlisted attack from Uttar Pradesh.

Mumbai, which already had a 346-point lead, started on its overnight score of 133-to-one.
And it was the sheer dominance of their young batting duo of Jaiswal and Jaffer, who would surely have made his uncle Wasim proud, with his stellar performance.
The two young Mumbai hitters, who started the day while in their 30s, overpowered the UP attack into submission with a variety of shots displayed in their 286-run stand for the second wicket.
It was raining limits at Just Cricket Academy as Jaiswal hammered 23 fours and a high in his 372-ball innings, while Jaffer broke 15 fours and two sixes in his 259-ball run.
Uttar Pradesh had to wait a long time to get the first wicket of the day and pace Shivam Mavi (1/36) fired Jaffer in the 107th round of innings, to break the gigantic stand.
But that didn’t deter Jaiswal, who continued to play shots at will and spared no bowler. Jaiswal missed a well-deserved double cent as he was caught by Aryan Juval against Price Yadav (2/69).
UP got two wickets in quick succession, that of Suved Parkar (22) and Jaiswal, but so far the damage was done.
The wide gulf between the two shores was exposed. UP used up to nine bowlers, but only managed to secure three wickets on the day.
Left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar (1/105) had the most expensive numbers as it was taken to task by Jaffer and Jaiswal.
To the stumps, Sarfaraz Khan (23 not released) and Shams Mulani (10 steps out) were holding their own.
The only interest left on the fifth and final day is to see if Mumbai win or pass based on the first leg lead.
Short scores: Mumbai 393 and 449/4 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 181, Armaan Jaffer 127; Shivam Mavi 1/36) vs UP 180 all out.


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