Ranji Trophy: Bihar batter Sakibul Ganis triple ton and Sarfaraz Khan’s double century were the highlights on Day 2.
Sakibul Ganis became the first debutant to score a triple hundred in first-class cricket.The Gani-Babul partnership was the fifth time a pair managed 500-plus in Indian first-class cricket and also the fourth highest partnership in Indian cricket.
Babul was unbeaten on 229 when Bihar declared their innings. In reply, Mizoram were 40/3, trailing by 646 runs at the end of days play.
In Delhi vs Tamil Nadu Match, Lalit Yadav”s knock of 177 off 287 put Delhi in a strong position. Starting Day 2 at 45 not out, with Delhi on 291/7, Lalit was involved in a 92-run stand with Vikas Mishra for the ninth wicket, with the latter contributing only 7 of those runs as Yadav faced most of the deliveries to lead Delhi towards a good total.
No 11 Kuldip Yadav also stayed for a while to support Lalit as Delhi finished with 452. In reply, Tamil Nadu were 75/2 at stumps.
Meanwhile in Mumbai vs Saurashtra match, Sarfaraz Khan’s superb innings of 275 put Mumbai in a strong position. Starting the day at 263/3, Ajinkya Rahane and Sarfaraz extended their partnership to 252 before the former was dismissed by Chirag Jani.
Sarfaraz, who was on 121 at the start of the day, was involved in a 118-run stand for the seventh wicket with Tanush Kotian (50 not out) before falling 25 short of a triple ton. Mumbai declared their innings at 544/7 and in reply Gujarat were 18/0.
In Maharashtra vs Assam Match, Pavan Shah’s 219 helped Maharashtra post 415 against Assam. Maharashtra started the day at 278/5 with Pavan not out on 165. The 22-year-old opener, making his debut, went on to notch up a double hundred, with No 8 Satyajeet Bachhav (52) giving him good support. Assam ended the day at 81/2, trailing by 334 runs.
In Punjab vs Himachal game, Prabhsimran Singh (123) and Abhishek Sharma (98) were the stars for Punjab on Day 2 as they posted 393/4 after restricting Himachal Pradesh to 354.
Prabhsimran and Abhishek then put on a 182-run opening stand to provide a solid platform. Mandeep Singh’s unbeaten 62, along with useful knocks from Anmolpreet Singh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, ensured the advantage remained with Punjab.
In UP vs Vidarbha, a 213-run opening stand between Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Raghunath helped Vidarbha reply strongly after Uttar Pradesh were restricted to 301. UP started the day at 268/7 and could add only 34 as Aditya Sarwate bagged a fifer. Fazal (142 not out) and Raghunath (96) provided a strong start with their double-century stand, helping Vidarbha end the day at 256/2.