GUWAHATI: Repeatedly ignored across formats over the last 18 months, Prithvi Shaw subdued an unlucky Assam attack with a brilliant unbeaten 240 as Mumbai closed out the first day of the Group B Ranji clash on Tuesday. A comfortable 397 for the loss of two wickets here.
Shaw has already added 200 runs in an unbeaten third-wicket partnership with captain Ajinkya Rahane (73 not out) as Mumbai aim for bonus points against the eastern state to make up for their defeat against Saurashtra. The damage can be removed.
A free-flowing stroke maker, Shaw hit 33 fours and a six in his innings and was tough on every bowler at the beautiful Amingaon Cricket Ground.
The only six hit over long-on as he played shots all around the wicket.
Shots were behind the square but drives through some covers, off drives and clipping the ball through mid-wicket and some pull shots were part of his scoring wagon wheel.
Their score distribution over the Assam bowlers was equal.
In fact, Shaw did not score on 153 of the 283 balls he faced that day. His 240 effectively came on 130 scoring strokes.
Hridip Deka scored 53 runs off 56 balls and bowled Shaw.
Spinner Roshan Alam suffered the most as he scored 76 runs off 76 balls.
Shaw hadn’t even scored 200 runs in his previous games but the talent he is, it was just a matter of one innings and he took a poor Assam to every corner of the ground.
The Indian team is a block in terms of spaces in the current formats but a player of Shaw’s quality may not be kept out for long.
Hanuma crawls into the Kotla.
In stark contrast to Shaw’s innings, another Team India returnee Hanuma Vihari scored an unbeaten 76 off 202 balls as Andhra posted 203 for 3 against a weak Delhi bowling attack at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Indeed, young opener CR Gnaneshwar (81 off 158 balls) looked more fluent in cutting through Delhi’s chill as off-spinner Hrithik Shukeen (1/49 in 13 overs) looked the best bowler.
At Guwahati: Mumbai 1st innings 397/2 in 90 overs (Prithvi Shaw 240 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 73 batting) vs Assam.
At Delhi: Andhra 1st innings 203/3 in 74 overs (CR Gnaneshwar 81, Hanuma Vihari 76 batting, Hrithik Shukeen 1/49) vs Delhi.
AT HYDERABAD: Hyderabad 1st innings 79 in 30.5 overs (Jaydev Unadkat 3/28).
Saurashtra 1st innings 250/5 in 54 overs (Harvik Desai 81, Chirag Jani 68, Aniketh Reddy 3/74).
At Pune: Maharashtra 1st innings: 350/6 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 118 batting, Kerala Jadhav 56, L Vignesh 2/80) vs TN.