Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Sarfaraz Khan scores another 150

Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Sarfaraz Khan scores another 150

Mumbai has had a rather disappointing Ranji season this year. Not only have they faced unexpected defeats but they have also failed to qualify for the knockout stage, the second time in a row. However, amid the forgetful Ranji season, Mumbai's comeback man Sarfaraz Khan has displayed great hunger for big scores.

Continuing his dream form, the young batsman in an Elite Group A and B Round 9 match against Madhya Pradesh, slammed a 137-ball hundred. After completing his century at the Wankhede Stadium on Day 1, Sarfaraz carried on to make 150 off just 178 balls.

What was once a dire situation for Mumbai, turned in their favour as Sarfaraz Khan took the Madhya Pradesh bowling unit to cleaners. Khan walked into bat on Wednesday when the domestic giants were hanging at 72 for 3. They had lost Suryakumar Yadav (43) and Siddesh Lad (4) in quick succession.

Through his aggression, Sarfaraz drove the pressure back on Madhya Pradesh bowlers as he hit 21 boundaries and 3 sixes when he crossed 160 on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy match. His 4th wicket 250-run stand with opener and fellow centurion Aakarshit Gomel helped Mumbai reach a solid position.

With his hundred on Wednesday, Sarfaraz Khan went past the 900-run mark for the season. Prior to the Round 9 match, the Mumbai batsman was on the 4th spot in the list of top-scorers in Ranji Trophy 2019-20 with 745 runs in just 7 innings. Rahul Dalal of Arunachal Pradesh currently tops the list with 1295 runs in 15 innings.

Sarfaraz, who hails from Mumbai, returned to his home side in 2018 after spending three seasons with Uttar Pradesh. Banking on his red-hot form, 22-year-old Sarfaraz Khan had scored an unbeaten double century against Himachal Pradesh on January 27. Earlier, he had scored an unbeaten triple-hundred in his last game against Uttar Pradesh.

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