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Nw: Rahane, Sarfaraz get cling of unbeaten centuries on opening day in opposition to Saurashtra

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The duo rescued Mumbai from 44 for 3 in Ahmedabad

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File list: Ajinkya Rahane scored his 36th first class hundred  AFP/Getty Photos

His Take a look at career under scrutiny, India batter Ajinkya Rahane compiled a significant-wished century to desire himself in India reckoning while guiding Mumbai to 263 for 3 in opposition to Saurashtra of their Ranji Trophy opener on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

Selecting to bat, Mumbai had been additionally boosted by Sarfaraz Khan‘s unbeaten 121 off 219 balls on the first day of their Elite Neighborhood D match.

The focal level used to be, alternatively, firmly on Rahane who ended the day on an unbeaten 108 from 250 deliveries.

Rahane, who had a mediocre Take a look at sequence in opposition to South Africa fair right now, got to his century in 212 balls, hitting 14 fours and two sixes along the sort. He had managed lawful 136 runs in six innings in India’s 1-2 defeat in the Take a look at sequence in South Africa earlier this year.

With the Take a look at sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka plot to be played from March 4 after the T20Is starting on February 24, this century will present the self belief that he wishes and would possibly perhaps perhaps very successfully be definite that that he retains his location in the Indian crew.

One other struggling senior India batter, Cheteshwar Pujara, who is enjoying in opposition to Rahane on this match, will additionally sight to get a mammoth knock in the game to get definite the nationwide selectors desire him for the sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka.

With fresh-ball bowlers Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya running successfully, Mumbai stumbled on themselves in effort early on, losing openers Aakarshit Gomel (8) and Prithvi Shaw (1) with lawful 22 runs on the board.

First-change Chirag Jani had No. 3 Sachin Yadav trapped in entrance as Mumbai slipped to 44 for 3.

Nonetheless, Saurashtra didn’t get to any extent further inroads after that as Rahane and Sarfaraz added 219 runs for the fourth wicket to position their side in a tickled location at stumps.

Rahane took his time forward of starting to play freely and got to his 36th first class hundred.

He got to 99 with a mammoth six in opposition to left-arm spinner Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, forward of attending to the century with a single.

Rahane’s 479 Take a look at runs in 2021 came at a mean of 20.82, ensuing in his sacking from the vice-captain’s put up for the tour of South Africa.


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