Bengal scored an astonishing record in the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Jharkhand on Wednesday. Bengal batters produced a collective spectacle to post a mammoth 773/7 past Jharkhand in the opening innings. It was a field day for the opposition as nine batters from Bengal scored 50+ in storyline history.
It is the first time in first-class cricket that nine batters from one side have scored more than fifty scores in one inning. Interestingly, only nine batters had the chance to bat for Bengal and none of them missed the crucial quarter-final.
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Sudip Gharami and Anustup Majumdar were two hitters who made it big and converted their fifties into triple-digit scores. Gharami was Bengal’s top scorer in the first innings with 186 runs. While Majumdar hit 117 runs.
Seeking to pick up the pace of goalscoring, 23-year-old Gharami’s stay in midfield ended in a controversial decision, after which Bengal looked to push the ball for one and two, rather than making runs fast and to declare his first innings.
With this blow, Gharami, the son of an entrepreneur who borrowed money from relatives to buy him cricketing equipment, rested the confidence shown in him by head coach Arun Lal.
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There was no sign of an emergency from Bengal and it remains to be seen how long they beat on day three.
The single record previously belonged to the visiting Australian team whose eight batters scored at least half a century each against Oxford and Cambridge universities. The massive record was set in 1893.
However, on Wednesday, Akash Deep played a blistering blow to help Bengal achieve the massive feat. The lower-order hitter slammed 53 carries on just 18 balls in which he hit 8 sixes.
Sushant Mishra claimed three wickets for Jharkhand while Shahbaz Nadeem settled for two.
While the Bengal bowlers also supported their batters well by reducing Jharkhand to 139/5 at the stumps on Day 3. Sayan Mondal took three wickets, while the versatile Shahbaz Ahmed took twice.
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