Ranji Trophy QF: 9 Bengal batters score over 50 against ill-fated Jharkhand, breaking 129-year-old record

The Ranji Trophy knockouts started shortly after the IPL 2022 and there is a lot going on in the quarter-finals. In the clash between Bengal and Jharkhand, which is being held at Just Cricket Academy Ground, Bengaluru, Bengal led by Abhimanyu Easwaran broke a 129-year record with his brilliant batting performance after being asked to bat in first.

No less than nine batsmen struck half-centuries for Bengal as they scored a mammoth 773 for 7 declared in the opening innings against a hapless Jharkhand captained by Saurabh Tiwary on Wednesday. While two of the nine batsmen returned with centuries – Sudip Gharami had the best score with 186 followed by Anustup Majumdar’s 117 – the other seven passed the fifty run mark. Sayan Mondal and Akash Deep remained unbeaten on 53 apiece while Manoj Tiwary, Shahbaz Ahmed, Abhishek Raman, captain Abhimanyu and wicketkeeper Abishek Porel were dismissed after scoring half a fifty apiece.

Thus, the Bengal innings broke a first-class record that had stood rock-solid since 1893. At the time, a touring Australian side had done eight half-centuries in 843 innings against a combined Oxford Universities side and from Cambridge to Portsmouth, England.

“What a team, what an effort! Proud to be a part of it,” tweeted drummer Tiwary, who scored 73 goals, while sharing a photo with the other eight batters.

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Jharkhand are way behind in the game and now it is next to impossible for them to prevent a Bengal team from advancing to the semi-finals with a sensational batting display.

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