Suved Parkar’s report double hundred on debut and Sarfaraz Khan’s third daddy hundred of the season took the fizz out of a hapless Uttarakhand assault helped Mumbai put a foot within the Ranji Trophy semifinals after 5 years.
Riding on Parkar’s 252 (447b, 21×4, 4×6) — the fourth highest rating by an Indian batter on debut in First Class cricket — and his 267-run partnership with Sarfaraz (153, 205b, 14×4, 4×6), Mumbai declared its first essay within the quarterfinal towards Uttarakhand at a gargantuan 647 for eight at Alur Cricket Ground 2.
Tushar Deshpande and Mohit Avasthi then snared a wicket every, together with that of Uttarakhand captain Jay Bista, to peg Uttarakhand again at 39 for 2 on the finish of the second day’s play.
The day, nevertheless, belonged to Parkar and Sarfaraz. The duo was batting on 104 and 69, respectively. While Suved took his time to get into his groove, Sarfaraz continued his busy streak by concentrating on the pacers early on.
It took Sarfaraz simply 45 minutes to race to his seventh First Class hundred with a trademark higher minimize off Akash Madhwal over the keeper’s head. He adopted it up with three consecutive fours off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh — a canopy drive and two sweeps — to overhaul Parkar’s particular person rating.
For the following half hour, the duo matched one another stroke for stroke. Parkar was the primary to cross 150 with an inside-out 4 over covers off leggie Dikshanshu Negi, Sarfaraz handed the milestone with a reverse-sweep three overs later.
Sarfaraz then made a uncommon mistake of lacking a sweep to be bowled by left-arm spinner Mayank Mishra. Despite dropping Aditya Tare cheaply simply earlier than lunch, Parkar discovered an in a position ally in Shams Mulani.
The right-hand and left-hand mixture pulverised a drained bowling lot to 106 runs for the fifth wicket. Minutes earlier than Mulani was bowled by part-timer Kamal Singh after scoring a fluent fifty, Parkar turned the twelfth Indian batter to attain a double ton on debut with a faucet to long-off off Swapnil.
At the tea break, with the late order opening its shoulders, Parkar on 224 had Amol Muzumdar’s report of 260 runs inside his sight. But minutes after crossing 250, Parkar tried a fast single, stuttered for some time and Kunal Chandela’s throw from level crashed into the center stump to search out Parkar in need of its floor.
Mumbai declared the innings instantly with Parkar returning to an enormous spherical of applause from each the dressing rooms.
Mumbai — 1st innings: Prithvi Shaw d Bhapola 21, Yashasvi Jaiswal c Swapnil b Dhapola 35, Armaan Jaffer c Swapnil b Dhapola 60, Suved Parkar run out 252, Sarfaraz Khan b Mishra 153, Aditya Tare c Khurana b Tiwari 1, Shams Mulani b Kamal 59, Tanush Kotian c Mishra b Swapnil 28, Tushar Deshpande (not out) 20. Extras (b-4, lb-7, nb-6, w-1) 18
Total (for eight wkts. decl., in 166.4 overs) 647.
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-64, 3-176, 4-443, 5-444, 6-550, 7-603, 8-467.
Uttarakhand bowling: Dhapola 30-6-89-3, Madhwal 20.4-1-108-0, Tiwari 30-8-76-1, Swapnil 27-2-114-1, Mishra 38-1-120-1, Negi 10-0-71-0, Bista 9-0-48-0, Kamal 2-0-10-1.
Uttarakhand — 1st innings: Kamal Singh (batting) 27, Jay Bista c Tare b Deshpande 0, Mayank Mishra c Deshpande b Avasthi 4, Kunal Chandela (batting) 8.
Total (for 2 wkts., in 11 overs): 39.
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-23.
Mumbai bowling: Kulkarni 2-1-8-0, Deshpande 4-1-13-1, Avasthi 3-1-12-1, Mulani 1-0-1-0, Kotian 1-0-5-0.