Ranji Trophy: Nine Bengal Batters Score Half-centuries To Set World Record In Quarter-Final Vs Jharkhand | Cricket News

Bengal batter Sudip Gharami being congratulated by Anustup Majumdar.© Twitter/BCCI

With nine of their batters scoring half-centuries in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Jharkhand in Bengaluru, the Bengal cricket team set a new world record in First-Class cricket. Bengal declared on 773/7 on the third day of the knock-out stage game after all their batters, who got time in the middle, hit at least a half-century each. No. 3 batter Sudip Gharami and No. 4 Anustup Majumdar even reached the triple figures. This is the first time in the history of cricket that nine batters have scored a half-century each in a First-class innings.

The earlier record, set in 1893, was that of eight batters of a team scoring half-centuries in a First-class innings. In that match in Portsmouth, eight members of the visiting Australian team scored at least a half-century each against Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Prior to the quarter-final match between Bengal and Jharkhand, on 27 occasions seven 50-plus scores had been recorded in a First-class innings, according to Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians records. Three of those came in the Ranji Trophy: for Maharashtra against Northern India in 1940-41, for Holkar against Mysore in 1945-46, and for Bengal against Bihar in 1996-97.

Earlier, Sudip Gharami hogged the limelight on Day 2 with a 186-run knock as Bengal reached 577 for five at stumps. The seasoned Anustup Majumdar helped himself to a century (117) before Manoj Tiwary, a sitting minister for youth affairs and sports in West Bengal, walked back unbeaten on 54 at the end of second day’s play at the Just Cricket Academy Ground.

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Looking to accelerate the scoring rate, the 23-year-old Gharami’s stay in the middle ended with a contentious decision after which Bengal looked to nudge the ball around for ones and twos, rather than going for quick runs and declare their first innings.

With PTI inputs

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