Runs galore in Mumbai and in Dubai



By Kersi Meher-Homji

October 14 was a run-rich day in cricket. In a Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai, Maharashtra’s captain and opener Swapnil Gugale (351 not out) and Ankit Bawne (258 not out) added 594 runs for the unbroken 3rd wicket against Delhi before Gugale declared Mumbai’s innings at 2 for 635.

This partnership of 594 runs was just 30 runs short of a world record. In the Colombo Test of July 2006 Sri Lanka’s legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara (287) and Mahela Jayawardene (374) had added 624 runs for the third wicket. This was against South Africa which included the notable fast bowler Dale Steyn.

ankit bawne

The same day (14 October 2016), Pakistan’s opening batsman Azhar Ali amassed 302 unbeaten runs against the West Indies in the day-night pink ball Test in Dubai. Azhar became the first batsman to score a century, a double century and a triple century in a day-night Test.


In all Test cricket Azhar is the fourth Pakistani to hit a triple ton; the others being Hanif Mohammad (337 v. West Indies in 1958), Inzamam-ul-Haq   (329 v. New Zealand in 2002) and Younis Khan (313 v. Sri Lanka in 2009).


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