Ranji Trophy: Suved Parkar hits double ton on debut as Mumbai declare at 647/8 against Uttarakhand
Ranji Trophy: On the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final on Tuesday, debutant Suved Parkar pounded Uttarakhand spinners into submission, smashing a maiden double century to drive Mumbai to a huge 647 for eight declared.
The 41-time Ranji Trophy winners are in control thanks to Parkar’s stroke-filed 252 and Sarfaraz Khan’s aggressive 153.
Uttarakhand were 39 for two at stumps, with skipper Jay Bista (0) and Mayank Mishra (0) among the wickets (4). At the finish of play, Kamal Singh (27 not out) and Kunal Chandela (8 not out) were holding the fort.
Uttarakhand has a mountain to climb, as they are 608 runs behind Mumbai.
Parkar became the 12th Indian to reach a double century in the Ranji Trophy in his debut. Also with a tap to long-off off Swapnil Singh, he reached the mark.
His 252 is the fourth-highest debut score by an Indian and the fifth-highest first-class score. He also followed in the footsteps of Mumbai coach Amol Mazumdar, who made his Ranji debut with 260 points.
Parkar, who began his innings with a score of 104 not out, carried on from there, hitting 21 boundaries and four maximums in his phenomenal 447-ball innings. During his innings, he did not spare a single Uttarakhand bowler.
Sarfaraz’s seventh first-class century came after he restarted at 69 after an overnight total of 69.
Sarfaraz and Parkar put on a 267-run fourth-wicket stand, with Parkar impressing with his footwork.
Sarfaraz lost his wicket to an acrobatic sweep from Mayank Mishra (1/120).
In his aggressive effort, Sarfaraz smashed 14 boundaries and also four sixes to maintain his dream run in first-class cricket.
Aditya Tare (1), who nicked one to wicketkeeper Shivam Khurana off left-arm bowler Agrim Tiwari’s bowling, didn’t disturb the scorers.
Parkar then found an able ally in all-rounder Shams Mulani, who played his role to perfection by hitting a crucial 59.
Mulani and Parkar contributed 106 runs for the sixth wicket, and it was during this stand that Mumbai reached 500 runs.
Before getting castled by Kamal Singh, Mulani hit six boundaries and three sixes.
Parkar ultimately run out by Kunal Chandela, after which Mumbai skipper Prithvi Shaw declared the innings. Tanush Kotian (28) and Tushar Deshpande (20 not out) also supported Parkar, who was eventually run out by a direct hit by Kunal Chandela.
Deepak Dhapola (3/89), a medium-pacer, was Uttarakhand’s first-choice bowler.
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