Nine Bangladeshi batters score 50-plus in Ranji match, break 129-year-old record

Bengaluru: Bangladesh’s Ranji cricket team set a global first-class record on Thursday when all nine batters who took the watch scored a half-century in a massive first innings score of 773 for eight against an unlucky Jharkhand on the third day of the quarterfinals, here .

At stumps, Jharkhand was 139 for 5 in their first innings and it is virtually impossible to stop Bengal from entering the semi-finals as the opposition now leaves 634 runs behind.

The game will be remembered for a record that stood the test of time since 1893 when the Australian team on tour, in a premier match against Universities (Oxford and Cambridge), had eight of their batters score fifty or more.

For Bengal, skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) started the march towards milestone together with fellow opener Abhishek Raman (61).

This was followed by impressive punches from Sudip Gharami (186) and most batter Anushtup Majumdar (117). They added 243 runs for the second wicket.

Bengal junior minister of sports Manoj Tiwary (73) also added his name to the list along with Abhishek Porel (68), who has not let Bengali miss Wriddhiman Saha once.

RCB all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed (78) and Sayan Sekhar Mondal (53) also earned half a century to complete an Indian cricket, but when Akash Deep came in and hit 8 sixes in 18-ball-53, the global first-class record was broken after 129 years.

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