Mumbai were dominating the Ranji Trophy 2019 contest against Baroda at the Reliance stadium in Vadodara. Prithvi Shaw's brilliant 179-ball double ton put Mumbai on course for a big win. In the final day, Baroda were stumbling towards defeat but Abhimanyu Mithun and Deepak Hooda had steadied the ship with a solid partnership. The 81-run stand when Rajput was trapped LBW by Akash Parkar and when skipper Krunal Pandya was bowled by the bowler for 11, the game was almost up. Yusuf Pathan strode in and smashed three boundaries to signal his intent but, there was a moment of controversy which followed.
Yusuf was facing offspinner Shashank Attarde and he lunged forward to a flatter ball that leapt up from the deck. The ball went past the bat and hit his chest as it lobbed up to Jay Bista at short leg. Bista took the catch and the Mumbai players appealed and the umpire gave it out. Yusuf was shocked and he refused to go as he hung on. The umpires came together and had a discussion. At the same time, Yusuf exchanged words with Ajinkya Rahane and the Mumbai skipper had to be dragged off the conversation. The umpires stuck with the decision and Yusuf walked back to the pavilion, still shaking his head and fuming at his dismissal.
Baroda were dismissed for 224 as Mumbai won the game by 309 runs to start their campaign on a high. In other games, reigning two-time Ranji champions Vidarbha were held to a draw by Andhra at Vijaywada while Odisha started their campaign on a high with a big innings win over Chhatisgarh.
Kerala, who had reached the semi-finals in the previous Ranji Trophy, were held to a draw by Delhi at Thiruvananthapuram. Chandigarh, making their debut in the Ranji Trophy for the first time, started off with a bang as they defeated Arunachal Pradesh at the Sector 16 stadium in the Plate Division. In a spectacular final day between Jharkhand and Tripura in Agartala, Jharkhand won the match by 54 runs with Ashish Kumar taking five wickets after centuries from Saurabh Tiwary and Ishank Jaggi resulted in an early declaration. The clash between Services and Assam was declared a draw after the game was suspended on the final day following the protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Guwahati.
Rex Singh's 10-wicket haul, including 8/22 in the first innings helped Manipur achieve a six-wicket win against Mizoram in Saltair, Kolkata. Gujarat, Goa and Puducherry were the others to have registered wins while Jammu and Kashmir thrashed Uttarakhand by 253 runs. Rajasthan were jolted at home with a 10-wicket loss to Punjab wile Saurashtra and Haryana were comfortable victors over Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.