Indian cricketers break 129-year-old batting record

Published: 01:18 PM, 9 Jun, 2022
Indian cricketers break 129-year-old batting record
Caption: The nine players who hit fifties.
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An Indian cricket team broke a 129-year-old first-class record as  nine batsmen hit half-centuries in the domestic Ranji Trophy.

Bengal amassed a mammoth 773 for 7 declared on Wednesday in the first innings of their quarter-final against Jharkhand in Bangalore. 

Two batsmen scored centuries -- Sudip Gharami top-scoring with 186 -- while the other seven that took to the crease all passed fifty. 

Their innings beat a first-class record that had stood since 1893, when a touring Australian side made eight half-centuries in an 843-run innings against a combined team from Oxford and Cambridge universities in Portsmouth, England. 

"What a team, what an effort! Proud to be a part of it," batsman Manoj Tiwary, who scored 73, wrote on Twitter.

India's cricket board hailed Bengal's feat as a "milestone in first-class cricket".

Jharkhand were 212-7 in reply in their first innings, trailing by 561 runs, at lunch on Thursday's fourth day of the five-day match.

The Ranji Trophy is named after Maharaja Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince who played for England in the 1890s.


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