After being watchful on the first day, Sarfaraz stood firm on the second day and was rewarded for his tenacity with his knock of 134 off 243 balls, which included 13 fours and two sixes, helping Mumbai to score competitively from a difficult position. reached. On his way to 134, Sarfaraz crossed the 900+ run mark in a Ranji Trophy season for the second time after scoring 928 runs in the 2019/20 season, becoming just the third batsman after Ajay Sharma and Wasim Jaffer to do so.
Starting at 248/5 on the first day, Mumbai lost Shams Mulani on the second ball of the day when pacer Gaurav Yadav took him back lbw. Sarfaraz first showed signs of losing his alert self when he cut Gaurav for a boundary at backward-point.
With Gaurav and Anubhav Agarwal keeping things tight, Sarfaraz was unable to take his shots and was stuck on 45 for long. As left-arm spinner Kumar Karthikeya Singh came into the attack, Sarfaraz opened by sweeping over mid-wicket and completed his half-century with a single in the same area.
Sarfaraz continued his sweep against Karthikeya and timed a straight ground drive. Though Gaurav struck the off stump of Tanus’ Kotian with a ball and Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed the keeper by Anubhav Agarwal, Sarfaraz continued to advance despite a bad collision with Gaurav. He even pulled off a ramp shot against Agarwal, with the ball going over the keeper and slammed for a cheeky boundary.
Sarfaraz then brought up his century in 190 balls to complete a scintillating innings by bringing Karthikeya under pressure. From tearing eyes and punches in the air to bringing Kabaddi thigh-fives to his celebration of reaching the three-figure mark, the Mumbai camp and stadium met with applause from the audience.
After reaching his century, Sarfaraz continued to attack Karthikeya, smashing him for a six over deep mid-wicket. Tushar Deshpande then slammed a boundary down the ground as Mumbai posted 103 runs in the session. After lunch, Kulkarni dismissed Gaurav.
But Sarfaraz and Mohit Awasthi hit a six off Saaransh Jain at long off and hit a boundary off Gaurav. Trying to go big again, Sarfaraz cuts off the extra cover.
Brief Scores: Mumbai 374 all out in 127.4 overs against Madhya Pradesh (Sarfaraz Khan 134, Yashasvi Jaiswal 78; Gaurav Yadav 4/106, Anubhav Agarwal 3/81).
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