Sarfaraz Khan (226 n.o., 213b, 32×4, 4×6) continued his sensational type with a stellar unbeaten double hundred to bail Mumbai out of hassle on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Group B tie in opposition to Himachal Pradesh on the scenic HPCA Stadium on Monday.
Sarfaraz’s belligerent innings days after his unbeaten 301, and smart knocks from captain Aditya Tare (62, 100b, 8×4) and Shubham Ranjane (44 n.o., 75b, 7×4) meant Mumbai recovered from a precarious 16 for 3 to finish the opening day at 372 for 5 after being despatched to bat first.
Barring the primary hour, which noticed new-ball duo of Abhinay Kanwar and Vaibhav Arora seeing the again of Mumbai’s top-three, nothing went in favour of the house workforce.
Arora was the choose of the bowlers, bowling two charming inswingers in the fourth over that dismissed each the openers. Both the openers shouldered arms, ensuing in Jay Bista being rapped on the pads whereas Bhupen Lalwani’s off-stump was uprooted.
When Kanwar castled Hardik Tamore who was late on the ball off a straight one in the following over, Mumbai was in hazard of folding up early, because it typically did at residence firstly of the season.
But Sarfaraz took the stress off a stuttering Siddhesh Lad by taking the assault to the opposition.
Once the dampness evaporated, Sarfaraz shone as shiny because the snowy mountains overlooking the stadium. Despite dropping Lad who was once more late on the ball at hand Raghav Dhawan his wicket. , Raghav is the elder brother of all-rounder Rishi Dhawan who missed his second successive recreation attributable to an damage.
Mumbai ended the session at 118 for 4 with Sarfaraz crossing the half-century mark.
The early interval of the following two classes noticed Sarfaraz actually kill the competition together with his onslaught. He raced from 52 to 100 in simply half an hour after lunch, together with his 5 fours in a Pankaj Jaswal over — cowl drive, backfoot punch, short-arm jab pull, late reduce and canopy drive — being the spotlight.
Similarly, regardless of seeing Tare chasing a large one by Dhawan to be caught-behind to finish the 143-run partnership, Sarfaraz waged one other assault after tea on HP bowlers.
With Rawat not bowling a ball after lunch, the HP bowlers had been left clueless to Sarfaraz’s onslaught as he raced from 132 to 200 in simply 43 balls after tea.
HP tried defensive techniques with pacers bowling large outdoors off and left-arm spinner bowling leg-stump line, however Sarfaraz’s modern strokeplay meant Mumbai completed the day with a run fee of just about 5 an over.
While Sarfaraz performed a chanceless knock, umpire S. Ravi’s error – he adjudged Ranjane not out regardless of the batsman having been caught behind bat-pad off part-time leggie Prashant Chopra on 17 – helped Mumbai because the unbeaten 158-run partnership for the sixth wicket off 157 balls put Mumbai in driver’s seat.
Sarfaraz Khan grew to become solely the second batsman to observe up a triple hundred with a double in Ranji Trophy. W.V. Raman had achieved it for Tamil Nadu in 1988-89, scoring 313 versus Goa and 200 n.o. versus Maharashtra in successive video games. He even adopted it up with 238 in opposition to Bengal in his subsequent recreation.
There have been 4 extra situations of a batsman scoring double hundred and a triple in successive video games. They are: Devang Gandhi for Bengal (216 vs Bihar and 323 vs Assam in 1998-99), Pankaj Dharmani (202 n.o. vs Services and 30 n.o. vs Jammu & Kashmir in 1999-00), Cheteshwar Pujara (203 n.o. vs Madhya Pradesh and 352 vs Karnataka in 2012-13) and Priyank Panchal (232 vs Mumbai and314 n.o. vs Punjab in 2016-17).
Sarfaraz Khan grew to become 21st batsman in the historical past of Ranji Trophy to notch up double a whole bunch in consecutive matches. Sarfaraz additionally grew to become the primary Mumbai batsman in 21 years to realize the feat, since Vinod Kambli’s 232 n.o. and 207 n.o. in opposition to Railways in 1998-99.
Stats courtesy: Tushar Trivedi
Mumbai – 1st innings: Jay Bista lbw b Arora 12, Bhupen Lalwani b Arora 1, Hardik Tamore lbw b Kanwar 2, Siddhesh Lad b Dhawan 20, Sarfaraz Khan (batting) 226, Aditya Tare c Kalsi b Dhawan 62, Shubham Ranjane (batting) 44; Extras (w-5) 5; Total (for 5 wkts., 75 overs) 372.
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-14, 3-16, 4-71, 5-214.