Zaheer takes 650, Mohit runs riot at Rohtak
Zaheer completes 650 first-class wickets
Mumbai v Delhi, Mumbai
Zaheer Khan denied Delhi their first-innings-lead with Vikas Mishra's wicket, which was his 650th in first-class cricket. Zaheer also took the 34th five-wicket haul of his first-class career, in Delhi's first innings. Unmukt Chand's century in the second innings was the fourth of his first-class career and the second of the year. He had earlier hit a hundred against East Zone in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy.
Mohit Sharma shines yet again at Rohtak, Aaron's second-best in first-class cricket
Haryana v Jharkhand, Rohtak
Varun Aaron's bowling figures of 4 for 48 in Haryana's first-innings were his second-best in first-class cricket and only the second time he has taken four or more wickets in an innings. His bowling figures of 7 for 68 for the match were also the second-best of his career. Haryana's Mohit Sharma took 8 for 81 for the match; he has taken 39 of his 60 first-class wickets at Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium in Rohtak, where he is averaging 16.00 at a strike rate of 36.5. He has taken two of his three first-class five-wicket hauls and all three of his four-wicket hauls at this venue.
Naman Ojha ends barren spell
Bengal v Madhya Pradesh, Kolkata
Naman Ojha hit the tenth century of his first-class career in Madhya Pradesh's first innings. This was Ojha's first fifty-plus score in 13 innings; the last time he had hit a fifty-plus score in first-class cricket was also against Bengal in the last season when he was stumped on 99. Jalaj Saxena's 6 for 53 in Bengal's first-innings were his best figures in first-class cricket. He followed it up with a four-wicket haul in the second innings, the first time he has taken ten wickets in a first-class match. Amol Majumdar's wicket in Bengal's second innings was his 100th wicket in first-class cricket.
Robin Bist finds form
Services v Rajasthan, Delhi
Rajat Paliwal's unbeaten 108 was his sixth in first-class cricket and his third of this year. In 19 matches, Rajat has scored 1217 runs at an average of 55.37. Robin Bist hit a hundred for Rajasthan in this match, his eighth in first-class career and his first in 21 innings. Nakul Verma's unbeaten 101 in Services' second innings was his first fifty-plus score in ten first-class innings.
Third-best figures for Railways
Baroda v Railways, Vadodra
Ranjitkumar Mali took 8 for 48 in Baroda's first innings, his first five-wicket haul in 17 first-class matches. His figures were the third-best for Railways in the Ranji Trophy after Syed Hyder Ali's 9 for 25 against Jammu and Kashmir in 1969-70 and Murali Kartik's 8 for 40 against Delhi in 2005-2006. Arindam Ghosh's unbeaten 208 in Railway's first innings was his first century in first-class cricket. He had scored 151 runs from six first-class matches before this season with a top score of 50.
Kedar Jadhav hits a double
Hyderabad v Maharashtra, Hyderabad
There were four centuries, two scores in the nineties and two in the eighties in this batsmen-dominated match in Hyderabad. Harshad Khadiwale hit his second hundred in the Ranji Trophy this season and the 11th of his first-class career, in Maharashtra's first innings. Kedar Jadhav hit a double-century in this match; his second 200-plus score in first-class. Kedar's 327 against Uttar Pradesh in Pune in 2012 is the second-highest score in the Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra. Since 2012, Kedar has scored 1019 first-class-runs at an average of 56.61 and at a strike rate of 82.1.
Aarpit and Sheldon close in on 1000 first-class runs
Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh, Rajkot
Aarpit Vasavada's 205 in Saurashtra's first innings was the third century of his first-class career and his highest score. Aarpit is now just six runs short of completing 1000 runs in first-class cricket and is averaging 55.22 from 13 matches. Sheldon Jackson also hit a hundred for Saurashtra, his fourth in first-class cricket. He is also nearing 1000 first-class runs, having scored 980 runs from 13 matches at 51.57.
Dheeraj adds lustre to Assam record
Andhra Pradesh v Assam, Anantapur
Abu Nechim's five-wicket haul in Andhra Pradesh's first-innings was his seventh in first-class cricket. He has taken 111 wickets at 30.68 from 39 first-class matches. Dheeraj Jadhav's century in Assam's first innings was his 22nd in first-class cricket and his 11th for Assam. Playing for Assam, Dheeraj has hit 2582 runs at 69.78 from 20 matches.
|Sanju Samson (Kerala)||3||5||2||420||211||140.00||2||1|
|Yogesh Takawale (Tripura)||3||6||1||365||125||73.00||2||1|
|Aarpit Vasavada (Saurashtra)||3||4||1||364||205||121.33||1||1|
|S Badrinath (Tamil Nadu)||2||3||0||358||248||119.33||1||1|
|B Aparajith (Tamil Nadu)||2||3||0||337||203||112.33||2||0|
|Rishi Dhawan (HP)||3||21||5/51||9/121||15.80||34.7||2||0|
|Harbhajan Singh (Punjab)||2||17||6/54||9/137||17.29||34.8||1||0|
|Vishal Dabholkar (Mumbai)||3||17||6/38||10/125||17.52||34.0||1||1|
|Chovvakkaran Shahid (Kerala)||3||16||7/45||7/60||18.62||53.0||1||0|
|Mohit Sharma (Haryana)||3||15||4/30||8/81||19.60||41.8||0||0|
Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo