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Ranji Trophy 2022

Nine fifties in one innings – Bengal break records in Ranji Trophy quarter-final run-fest

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Bengal made history in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy when they became the first team to ever have nine half-centurions in a single first-class innings.

Batting first, Bengal scored 773-7 declared with every single batter reaching fifty, a feat that had never been achieved before in the history of the first-class game.

Bengal had already broken records when their No.8, Sayan Mondal, had reached his half-century, as whilst there has been one instance previously of a team having eight half-centurions in one innings, all the way back in 1893, this was the first time the batters had made up the entire top eight.

Despite nine players passing fifty, Sudip Kumar Gharami and Anustup Majumdar were the only centurions of the innings scoring 186 and 117 respectively. However, the fastest fifty of the lot came from the No.9 Akash Deep, who struck eight sixes (and no fours) in an incredible 53 not out off just eighteen deliveries.

The innings featured four partnerships worth a century or more, with the second wicket stand between Gharami and Majumdar putting on 242. 23-year-old opener Gharami was playing in just his fifth first-class match, and his score of 186 far bettered his previous first-class best of just 27, making this his first score of 50 or more in professional cricket.

Likewise, it was also Akash Deep’s maiden first-class fifty, as the Royal Challengers Bangalore seamer went past his previous best score in professional cricket of 44.

And if all of that wasn’t bad enough for Jharkand, who spent a total of 218.4 overs in the field, the visiting side had even won the toss and elected to bowl.

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