Ranji Trophy 2023, Anustup, Sudip slam centuries: Key stats
Bengal batters Anustup Majumdar and Sudip Kumar Gharami slammed centuries in the Ranji Trophy 2023 semi-final against Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. The duo achieved the feat on Day 1 of the penultimate clash. However, both batters got dismissed in consecutive overs in the final session. Meanwhile, Bengal, who were tottering on 51/2, finished on 307/4 at stumps. Here are the key stats.
Rescuing knocks from the duo
Bengal were reduced to 51/2 after skipper Manoj Tiwary elected to field at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. Abhimanyu Easwaran and Karan Lal departed having shared a 51-run partnership. Sudip and Anustup then added over 200 runs, taking Bengal to 292/2. Both of them completed their tons in this period. However, Avesh Khan and Anubhav Agarwal dismissed them in quick succession.
Fourth FC ton for Sudip
Sudip, playing his 16th First-Class match, slammed his fourth century in the format. He also raced to 1,100 runs in red-ball cricket. His tally also includes six half-centuries. The right-handed batter made his FC debut for Bengal against Saurashtra in the 2020 Ranji Trophy final in March. In the semi-final on Wednesday, Sudip smashed 112 off 213 balls (12 fours, 2 sixes).
13th FC century for Anustup
Anustup, playing his 79th First-Class match, hammered his 13th century in the format. He also completed 4,600 runs in red-ball cricket. His tally also includes 21 half-centuries. The right-handed batter made his FC debut for Bengal against Mumbai in the 2004 Ranji Trophy final in December. In the semi-final, Anustup slammed 120 off 206 balls (13 fours, 1 six).
Mayank Agarwal also slams a ton
In the other semi-final, Karnataka skipper Mayank Agarwal scored a brilliant century against Saurashtra. He slammed an unbeaten 110 off 246 balls on Day 1 of the penultimate clash. It was his third century of the ongoing season. During the qaurter-finals, the batter also completed 6,500 runs in First-Class cricket.