Breaks Ajay Sharma’s record of 31 Ranji centuries
Riding on opener Wasim Jaffer's record-setting 32nd hundred in the championship, Mumbai took firm control of their Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra on day two at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
Jaffer scored a patient knock of 132 when other top order batsmen failed but Mumbai had enough useful partnerships to pile up 287 for 6 to take a 139-run lead.
Jaffer now has became the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji trophy as he left behind Amol Muzumdar, whose tally stood at 9105. Jaffer needed 83 to cross Muzumdar's mark and after today's innings his total is 9155. He also eclipsed Ajay Sharma's record of 31 centuries in the championship.
Saurashtra needed early wickets this morning to make up for the the poor batting on Saturday but Mumbai did not give them any gap to squeeze in. Jaffer and Kaustubh Pawar (21) kept the visitors’ bowling attack at bay with cautious and slow batting after resuming at 19 for no loss.
Mumbai got past Saurashtra’s score in the 52nd over as Jaffer struck Sanandiya for two successive fours. His third-wicket stand of 68 run with Tendulkar ended when the latter was run out following a confusion. Jaffer reached his 32nd hundred in the championship and 8th at Wankhede off the 192nd ball he faced with the help of 12 fours and a six. It was the batsman’s 47th first class hundred, including 5 in 31 Tests.PTI