First Time In Indian Cricket! Prithvi Shaw Marks Comeback With Historic Record In Ranji Trophy

Feb 9, 2024

Prithvi Shaw made a spectacular comeback to competitive cricket by scoring a century in his second innings for Mumbai against Chhattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy Group B match in Raipur on Friday. The 24-year-old player, who captained the 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winning team, hit 18 fours and three sixes in his innings of 159 runs in 185 balls.

The opener reached three figures before lunch and in the process became the first Indian to score two centuries in the opening session on the first day of a first-class cricket match.

He had achieved a similar feat against Assam by scoring 379 runs in 383 balls, which was the second highest ever Ranji Trophy score.

Shaw's partnership with Bhupen Lalwani produced a mammoth opening stand of 244 runs, with Lalwani contributing 102 runs off 238 balls, as the 41-time Ranji champions ended the day at 310/4.

With four wins and one loss from five matches, Mumbai are on top of Group B and five points ahead of Andhra.

Shaw returned to competitive cricket in Mumbai's last Ranji match against Bengal at the Eden Gardens after a six-month injury layoff. He made a comeback in one match, scoring 35 runs, which Mumbai won by an innings and four runs.

This marks his return to the game since August 13 last year when he played for Northants in the English County Championship. His last appearance for India was in July 2021.

Shaw suffered a knee injury during a county stint in August, had surgery in London and completed three months of rehabilitation.

He was recently cleared by the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after a fitness test.

His previous Ranji Trophy season was successful when he scored 595 runs in 10 innings.

But he had a poor IPL season with 106 runs in eight innings and lost his place in the Delhi Capitals XI.

Kerala vs Bengal dominate

Sachin Baby scored an unbeaten 110 runs off 220 balls and made an unbroken 153-run partnership with Akshay Chandran (76 not out) to take Kerala to a safe position against Bengal.

Ahead of 112 for four, the duo built a strong position, frustrating Bengal's bowlers and helping Kerala end the day at 265/4 after 90 overs.

Batting first, Kerala lost Rohan Kunnummal after an innings of 19 runs. After this Jalaj Saxena played consecutive innings of 40 runs.

However, Bengal's bowlers – Suraj Sindhu Jaiswal, Akash Deep, Ankit Mishra and Shahbaz Ahmed – managed to score significant breakthroughs before the pace was picked up by Sachin Baby and Chandran.

Brief Score Mumbai 310/4; 86 overs (Prithvi Shaw 159, Bhupen Lalwani 102; Ashish Chauhan 3/84) vs Chhattisgarh.

In Thumba: Kerala 265/4; 90 overs (Sachin Baby 110 not out, Akshay Chandran 76 not out; Suraj Sindhu Jaiswal 1/40, Akash Deep 1/55) vs Bengal.

In Guwahati: Assam 235/5; 86 overs (Parvez Musraf 89, Abhishek Thakuri 77 not out; Amod Yadav 2/48, Saqibul Ghani 2/44) vs Bihar.

In Vizianagaram: Andhra 236/4; 80 overs (Ricky Bhui 90 not out, KV Shashikant 72, Karan Shinde 45 not out; Yash Dayal 1/48, Saurabh Kumar 1/65) vs Uttar Pradesh.

With the help of Padikkal's unbeaten 151 runs, Karnataka scored 288/5 on the first day against TN.

Opener Devdutt Padikkal continued his fine form with an unbeaten 151, his third Ranji Trophy century this season, as Karnataka posted 288 for 5 on the opening day of their Group C match against Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Friday. The visiting team, who came to bat, lost the wicket of captain Mayank Agarwal (20) early when only 35 runs were left on the board.

Agarwal was making his comeback as he missed the last game against Railways after he accidentally drank some liquid on the flight which caused a burning sensation in his mouth and throat.

After this, Padikkal along with opener Ravikumar Samarth (57) made a partnership of 132 runs for the second wicket and put his team in a strong position.

The stand broke after Ajit Ram knocked down Samarth.

While Karnataka lost the third wicket at 226, Padikkal came out strong, clearing the long-on boundary with regularity to score his sixth first-class century.

At the time of stumps, Hardik Raj is supporting Padikkal unbeaten by scoring 35 runs.

Spinner R Sai Kishore has taken three wickets so far for TN.

In another encounter in Chandigarh, captain Manan Vohra's brilliant inning of 134 against Tripura served as cover on an otherwise tough day for Chandigarh.

The host team, who came to bat first, did not have a good start and lost four wickets for 34 runs.

However, Vohra and Ankit Kaushik (76) saved them by making a vital partnership of 169 runs for the fifth wicket.

Eventually, Parvez Sultan broke the score at 213 by LBW Kaushik, followed by Manisankar Murasingh 30 runs later when Vohra was dismissed.

Chandigarh ended the day at 282 for six with Murasingh taking two wickets for the visitors.

In the Group C contest in Surat, Railways also had a tough day, finishing at 293 for nine against Goa, with opener Suraj Ahuja (81) and captain Upendra Yadav (91) the top scorers. At one time Railways' score was 165 runs for six wickets.

Deepraj Gaonkar took three wickets for Goa.

Meanwhile, in Mohali, Gujarat ended the day with 250 runs for eight wickets.

The opening pair of Priyank Panchal (77) and Aditya Patel (58) made a partnership of 145 runs, but later Siddharth Kaul clean bowled them.

After this the visiting team kept losing wickets continuously and the end of the day was disappointing.

For the host team, Kaul and left arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh took three wickets each.

Brief scores: At Chennai: Karnataka 288/5 (Devdutt Padikkal 151 batting; Sai Kishore 3/94) vs Tamil Nadu.

In Chandigarh: Chandigarh 282/6 (Manan Vohra 134; Manisankar Murasingh 2/42) vs Tripura.

At Surat: Railways 293/9 (Upendra Yadav 91; Deepraj Gaonkar 3/26) vs Goa.

At Mohali: Gujarat 250/8 (Priyank Panchal 77, Aditya Patel 58; Siddharth Kaul 3/64) vs Punjab.

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