New Delhi. Sarfaraz Khan’s bat is continuously spewing runs. He has scored 3 centuries in the current season of Ranji Trophy (Ranji Trophy 2022-23). Even after this, in a match (Delhi vs Mumbai) on Friday, Delhi defeated Mumbai by 8 wickets. Delhi won against Mumbai after 41 years in the first class tournament. Sarfaraz Khan scored 125 runs in the first innings. On the basis of his century, Mumbai scored 293 runs. In reply, Delhi scored 369 runs. The Mumbai team could score only 170 runs in the second innings. Sarfaraz Khan got out on zero. In this way Delhi got the target of 95 runs. The team got it by losing 2 wickets.
Delhi’s 20-year-old fast bowler Divij Mehra bowled brilliantly in the match and took a total of 6 wickets. In the second innings, apart from Sarfaraz Khan, he dismissed Prithvi Shaw. He sent Prithvi to the pavilion in the first innings as well. Prithvi scored 40 runs in the first innings while 16 runs in the second innings. Talking about Delhi, in the first innings Vaibhav Rawal scored 114 while captain Himmat Singh scored 85 runs.
6 players did not reach double figures
Talking about Mumbai’s second innings, 6 batsmen could not reach double figures. Captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 51 while Tanush Kotian scored 50 not out. Divij Mehra took 5 wickets for 30 runs in 13 overs. Vaibhav Sharma scored 36 runs in the second innings from Delhi. Hrithik Shokeen remained unbeaten on 36 and Nitish Rana scored 6 runs. This is Mumbai’s second defeat in 6 matches. The team has also won 3 matches. The team is at number three in Group-B with 23 points. At the same time, this is the first victory of Delhi. He occupies the 5th position with 11 points.
Seeing the excellent performance of Sarfaraz Khan, many veterans including Sunil Gavaskar are talking about giving him a place in the Indian Test team. However, he has not got a place in the team for the first 2 matches of the 4-match Test series against Australia starting on 9 February. In the current season of Ranji Trophy, he has scored 556 runs in 9 innings of 6 matches at an average of 93. Has scored 3 centuries and a half-century. He had scored more than 900 runs in the last 2 seasons as well. His first class average is 80.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 20, 2023, 12:03 IST