Shardul Thakur, after being released from India’s Test squad, did not feature in Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare Trophy opener versus Delhi. But Mumbai didn’t miss him at all at the Jaipur Vidhyalaya Ground in Jaipur.

Riding on a combination of tight bowling, suicidal running between the wickets by the Delhi openers and a scintillating hundred by opening batsman Prithvi Shaw (105 n.o., 89b, 15×4, 2×6), Mumbai opened its campaign with a thumping seven-wicket win with more than 18 overs to spare against the old nemesis.

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After the Delhi openers committed hara-kiri to be run out for a blob, Dhawal Kulkarni made a contribution of note for the first time to help Mumbai restrict Delhi to 211 for seven. The mediocre total was never going to be enough to challenge a power-packed Mumbai line-up.

Despite left-handed Yashasvi…

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