Madhya Pradesh wrote history on Sunday by winning their maiden Ranji Trophy title after beating 41-time champions Mumbai by six wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Chasing 108 runs to win, MP were helped by Rajat Patidar who remained unbeaten on 30 off 37 deliveries and also hit the winning runs.
On Day 5, Mumbai resumed batting from their overnight score of 113/2 but MP’s Gaurav Yadav removed Arman Jaffer on 37 early on, which changed the course of the game. The rest of the batsmen also fell in quick succession, apart from Suved Parkar, who scored a half century.
This was MP’s first Ranji Trophy final in 23 years. They last played the final in 1998-99 season, losing to Karnataka by 96 runs.
The MP cricket team will be accorded a public welcome for winning the elite tournament for the first time, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced.
"For the first time, Madhya Pradesh won the Ranji Trophy title by defeating Mumbai, who have won this title several times, and created history. We are very happy and it is an emotional moment for us. The winning team will be accorded a grand public welcome in Bhopal," Chouhan said.