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Ranji Trophy quarter-finals: Youngster Patidar cracks ton as MP step closer towards semis

Rajat Patidar’s impressive 137 helped Madhya Pradesh score 338 for five to enjoy a 565-run lead at stumps on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Bengal at Brabourne Stadium yesterday.

Madhya Pradesh’s Rajat Patidar hits one down the ground on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Bengal at Brabourne Stadium yesterday. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE
Madhya Pradesh’s Rajat Patidar hits one down the ground on Day Three of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Bengal at Brabourne Stadium yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

Patidar, playing in his fifth first-class match, scored his third century during his 337- minute stay at the wicket. In the process, he shared a 141-run stand for the third wicket with wicketkeeper Naman Ojha (52).

Patidar also put on 114 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Devendra Bundela (72).

“I am disappointed at missing out on a double ton,” said the 22-year-old Patidar who scored 60 and 101 against Baroda in his debut match three months ago. Bengal’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha captured his 400 first-class wicket when he sent back Bundela.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh 348 & 338-5 (R Patidar 137, D Bundela 72, N Ojha 52) lead Bengal 121 (A Easwaran 48; I Pandey 4-45,
P Datey 3-30, C Sakure 3-38) by 565 runs

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