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City lads eclipse Sachin, Kambli record

AWESOME TWOSOME: Boddepalli Manoj Kumar (left) and Mohd. Shaibaaz Tumbi (right), who set the world record. Photo: K.Ramesh Babu

AWESOME TWOSOME: Boddepalli Manoj Kumar (left) and Mohd. Shaibaaz Tumbi (right), who set the world record. Photo: K.Ramesh Babu  

V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: Two city lads created cricketing history piling up a stupendous 721-run partnership in 40 overs flat for St. Peter's School against St. Phillip's High School in the Hyderabad Cricket Association Inter-School (Under-13) cricket tournament at Parade Grounds on Wednesday.

Triple centuries by openers B. Manoj Kumar (320 not out, 127 balls, 46 x 4) and Md. Shaibaaz Tumbi (324 not out, 116 balls, 57 x 4) saw them race past the previous record of 664 runs scored by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli for Shardashram School in Mumbai in 1987-88.

In fact, the boys scored in a single day unlike the famous duo, which took three days for the record partnership. "We feel nice to have broken Sachin and Kambli's record," the tired but jubilant 13-year-old, eighth standard students of the Old Bowenpally school exclaimed.

The boys were not told about the record during the partnership. "We knew our individual scores and were told about the world record only when the innings ended," they remarked.

While Manoj's knock was chanceless, Shaibaaz was dropped on 285. "We deserved that slice of luck. It was our day," smiled Shaibaaz.

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