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Bengal write history

8th June 2022
Bengal wrote history today against Jharkhand in Ranji trophy quarterfinal after becoming the first team in the world to have nine batters score at least fifty in a first class match.
The earlier record was held by Australian side during their tour to England in 1893, who had eight batters scoring at least a half-century in their first innings against Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Bengal declared on 773/7 and in reply Jharkhand lost 5 batters quickly for just 139 at the end of the third day's play. Abhimanyu Easwaran's men now have a massive lead of 634 runs.
Bengal resumed the day 577/5 with Manoj Tiwary and Shahbaz Ahamad on the crease till the experienced campaigner went back scoring a patient 73.
Shahbaz along with another prolific all-rounder Sayan Sekhar Mondal added more 101 runs off the eighth wicket before going back for 78.
With Sayan completing his fifty Bengal already had their eighth batter scoring fifty-plus while Akash Deep showed his big hitting skills at number nine.
An elated Sayan said: "The wicket is helping the pacers. We have a strong bowling attack crafted with top bowlers like Ishan, Akash and Mukesh, we bowled in the right areas, didn't give many loose balls and I think that made the difference."
"We got to know about the record after the match, delighted about the feat. We have batted well as an unit and want to continue this momentum. Our aim would be to bundle out opponents as quickly as possible tomorrow," he added.
Akash struck 8 sixes to score 18-ball 53 and take Bengal into the history books by surpassing the 1893 record by Australia.
Later Sayan starred with the ball also bagging 3 wickets leaking just 32 runs and Shahbaz took the rest to floor Jharkhand batting.

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