Schoolboys bat their way to world record

V.V. Subrahmanyam

721 run partnership in 40 overs

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. Shahbaz 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, Shahbaz was dropped on 285. After the `runathon', the opposition team was bowled out for a paltry 21in seven overs with Akram's spell of seven for 11.

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