Prithvi Shaw has been included in both the India A sides for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Prithvi Shaw has made a strong comeback in Indian domestic cricket after being banned for eight months for a failed dope test. Shaw's performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well as in the Ranji Trophy have made him a contender to win back his spot in the Indian cricket team. Shaw has been named in both India A squads for the upcoming New Zealand tour and the team is set to leave for the country on January 10. However, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy clash between Mumbai and Karnataka at the BKC stadium, there is some worrying news regarding Shaw.
The youngster, who hit 29 in the first innings, hurt his left shoulder while saving an overthrow in the last session on Friday and underwent an MRI scan in presence of Mumbai's physio. It has now been revealed that Shaw will not bat in the second innings as he looks to recover in time before the squad departs for New Zealand. The media manager of the Mumbai side said, "He is having a little pain and hence he won't bat in the second essay."
Ajinkya Rahane came out bat in his place in the second innings and an official update on Shaw's injury status is expected after the day's play. Mumbai are facing an uphill battle against a dominant Karnataka side who are favorites to do the treble or the quadruple in this domestic season. After winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare Trophy, Karnataka have the 41-time Ranji champions on the ropes in Mumbai. Karnataka chose to bowl and they reduced Mumbai to 60/6 but they were rescued by an 88-run stand between skipper Suryakumar Yadav and Shashank Attarde.
Suryakumar scored 77 and Attarde hit 35 as Mumbai looked to set a decent total but Karnataka's bowlers were on top of their game. V Koushik took 3/45 and was backed up by two wickets from Abhimanyu Mithun, Ronit More and Prateek Jain as Mumbai were bowled out for 194. Karnataka took a crucial 24-run lead with Ravikumar Samarth smashing 86 and some valuable contributions from Shreyas Gopal and Sharath BR helped them reach 218 all out. Attarde was the star for Mumbai with 5/58 and he was given good support from Shams Mulani who took 3/55. In the second innings, Mithun took three quick wickets and reduced Mumbai to 26/4 as Karnataka neared a great win.