Ranji Trophy: Was always a dream to score 200 against Mumbai, says Priyank Panchal
Gujarat's 26-year-old opening batsman not only smashed a double century, but recorded his feat against defending champions Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' match in Hubli yesterday
November 22, 2016 will always remain special in Gujarat's opening batsman Priyank Panchal's cricket career. The 26-year-old not only smashed a double century, but recorded his feat against defending champions Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' match in Hubli yesterday.
Riding on Panchal's heroics, the Parthiv Patel-led side posted 437 in their first innings before reducing Mumbai to 58-3 at stumps on Day Two.
"As a batsman, it was my dream to score a double hundred against a strong team. And it came against Mumbai, making it all the more special. After all not many batsmen have scored a double ton against this mighty team," Panchal told mid-day yesterday.
Panchal smashed 28 boundaries and two sixes en route his 434-ball knock. He reached 00 with his trademark cover drive shot off pacer Shardul Thakur. "That moment and the day will always remain with me forever," he added. This was Panchal's second century of the season, having scored 101 against Railways in Rohtak.
For Mumbai, left-armer Vishal Dabholkar was the most successful, returning with figures of 6-118. Gujarat bowlers, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah (2-8) complemented Panchal's effort sending back both Mumbai openers – Akhil Herwadkar (5) and Jay Bista (0) in a span of two overs. Just before stumps, Mumbai suffered another blow losing captain Aditya Tare for just 26.
With inputs from agencies
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