New Delhi. After IPL 2022, the quarter final matches of Ranji Trophy are being played. In this, Madhya Pradesh is competing with Punjab. In this match, all eyes were on the two players who performed well in IPL 2022. One is Punjab’s Shubman Gill, who played a key role in Gujarat Titans winning the IPL title and the other Madhya Pradesh’s Rajat Patidar, on whose strength the Royal Challengers Bangalore reached the playoffs. Shubman did not shine in the first innings. He got out after scoring 9 runs and due to his early dismissal, the team of Punjab could also score 219 runs in the first innings. But, Rajat Patidar, who played strong innings for Virat Kohli’s team RCB in IPL, definitely shone for Madhya Pradesh.
Even though he missed out on scoring a silver century. But, due to his 85-run knock, Madhya Pradesh took a 178-run lead over Punjab on the third day of the match. Madhya Pradesh’s first innings ended on 397 runs. Five wickets fell for Madhya Pradesh after lunch. Out of this, four came in the account of Punjab spinner Vinay Chaudhary. He took a total of 5 wickets for 83 runs and took 5 wickets in the innings for the fourth time in first-class cricket.
Rajat scored 85 runs
This is Rajat’s fifth 50+ plus score in the last five first class innings. Just before IPL 2022, he scored 142 against Kerala and 86 against Meghalaya. At the same time, Rajat had scored an unbeaten 112 runs in 54 balls in the IPL Eliminator and after that in Qualifier-2 also the bat of this batsman from Madhya Pradesh spoke fiercely. Rajat had scored 58 runs in that match. But, he could not take RCB to the final.
Shahbaz Ahmed also scored a half-century
Like Rajat, another teammate of Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed also batted brilliantly in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy. Shahbaz, playing for Bengal, scored 78 runs in 124 balls against Jharkhand. Shahbaz, who landed at number seven, took great news of the tired Jharkhand bowlers and also hit 2 sixes with 6 fours. After the dismissal of Shahbaz, Bengal declared their first innings on a score of 773/7. The top 9 batsmen of Bengal scored fifty or more runs, which is a record.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 08, 2022, 14:45 IST