Yash Dubey and Shubham Sharma hit fantastic hundreds while forging a solid double-hundred stand for the second wicket to put Madhya Pradesh in control of the Ranji Trophy Final against Mumbai on Day 3 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Dubey and Shubham powered Madhya Pradesh to 368/3 at the end of play on day three at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While Dubey got his hundred at the stroke of lunch, Sharma hit his fourth hundred of the season in the second session.

After Shubham perished for 116, Dubey played the perfect second fiddle to Rajat Patidar, who was hitting boundaries for fun before falling for 133. Mumbai managed to pick up just two wickets in all three sessions. Madhya Pradesh trail Mumbai by six runs with Patidar (67 not out) and Aditya Shrivastava (11 not out) at the crease.

He also had luck on his side, when the outer edge evaded the slip cordon twice, increasing Mumbai’s troubles on day three. Mumbai almost had Sharma out when the batter reached out to defend but was beaten on the outer edge. But with the umpire hearing no noise from the edge, the appeal was struck down.

The ploy of making Sharma reach out forward and beat him on the outer edge worked on the very next ball as the batter tried to reach out again outside the off-stump, only to give a healthy nick behind to keeper Hardik Tamore off pacer Mohit Awasthi , ending a mammoth 222-run stand which lasted for 73.1 overs.

Patidar walked out and smashed five boundaries, with chants of his IPL franchise ‘RCB, RCB’ going around the ground, clearing his intentions of attacking the Mumbai bowlers from the word go.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh got 105 runs in the first session without losing any wickets. The day began with Dubey opening the face of the bat late to get a boundary past the gully. With the ball coming nicely onto the bat, Sharma made full use of it, dispatching Deshpande for boundaries through cover drive and square drive.

Dubey reached his fifty with a brace, through fine leg off Awasthi while Sharma reached his half-century with a single through square leg off Deshpande. With the duo collecting boundaries and rotating strike by running well between the wickets, Mumbai’s troubles didn’t have any end point as the pitch didn’t give them much assistance.

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