Ranji Trophy 2022: Debutant Suved Parkar’s ton floors Uttarakhand, takes Mumbai to 304/3
Ranji Trophy 2022: On the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Uttarakhand on Monday, debutant Suved Parkar blasted a stroke-filled 104 to lead Mumbai to a solid 304 for three.
As the 41-time Ranji Trophy winners dominated the day, Armaan Jaffer (60) and Sarfaraz Khan (69 not out) both smashed half-centuries, justifying skipper Prithvi Shaw’s decision to bat first.
The innings were led by Parkar, who was given a life. In his 218-ball innings, the 21-year-old right-handed hitter, who has represented India at the U-19 level, hit eight boundaries and two sixes.
On the same day, he joined his skipper and coach Amol Mazumdar in scoring a century on Ranji debut.
Parkar and Jaffer rescued Mumbai’s innings with a 112-run third-wicket stand after his team was down to 64/2 after losing both openers Shaw (21) and Yashashvi Jaiswal (35) for nothing.
Parkar, who impressed with his footwork, found an excellent ally in an in-form Sarfaraz, who was at his aggressive best, as the duo added 128 runs for the fourth wicket, compounding the bowling team’s troubles.
Parkar and Jaffer were cautious in the early stages after losing two quick wickets. However, after they found their stride, they decided to boost the ante.
The duo made the opposition bowlers work hard by playing shots from all sides. In his 133-ball innings, Jaffer smashed seven boundaries and two sixes before lofting leg-spinner Dikshanshu Negi for his fifty.
Parkar reached his first half-century by nudging pacer Akash Madhwal for a single.
The extended second session of play, which began late due to a damp outfield, saw Mumbai lose only one wicket.
Parkar took it upon himself to score after Jaffer left, while Sarfaraz ensured Mumbai did not lose a single wicket in the last session.
With a boundary off Madhwal towards the square-leg region, Parkar surpassed the three-figure mark.
Sarfaraz’s innings included eight boundaries and a six.
Early in the game, Mumbai lost Shaw (20). Shaw hit the first ball for a boundary, a cover drive from Deepak Dhapola (3/53). And then smashed two more fours in the first over.
In the seventh over, Dhapola’s inswinger undid Shaw, who was looking in his element. Knocking off the off-stump as Mumbai lost their first wicket for 36.
Dhapola’s second casualty was Jaiswal (35) who died just before lunch. Jaiswal hammered six boundaries before being caught by Swapnil Singh at second slip.
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