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Record setter Jaffer puts Mumbai on top

Riding on opener Wasim Jaffer’s record-setting 32nd hundred in the championship, Mumbai took firm control of their Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra on day two at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Jaffer scored a patient knock of 132 when other top order batsmen failed but Mumbai had enough useful partnerships to pile up 287 for 6 to take a 139-run lead.

Jaffer now has became the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji trophy as he left behind Amol Muzumdar, whose tally stood at 9105.

Jaffer needed 83 to cross Muzumdar’s mark and after Sunday’s innings his total is 9155. He also eclipsed Ajay Sharma’s record of 31 centuries in the championship. Jaffer’s knock contained 16 fours and a six in 246 balls.

There was a brief period after tea when Saurashtra looked to be fighting their way back by taking three quick wickets including that of Jaffer to leave the hosts at 237 for 6 from 209 for 3.

But the unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 50 runs in 108 balls between Hiken Shah (41) and Dhawal Kulkarni (18) till the stumps ensured that Mumbai end the day without any more trouble.

Jaffer reached his 32nd hundred in the championship and 8th at Wankhede off the 192nd ball he faced with the help of 12 fours and a six. It was the batsmans 47th first class hundred, including 5 in 31 Tests.

Sachin Tendulkar added 68 runs for the third wicket along with Wasim Jaffer. Mumbai got past Saurashtras score in the 52nd over as Jaffer struck Sanandiya for two successive fours.
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