Ranji Trophy 2013-14, 3rd round, stats highlights November 17, 2013

Zaheer takes 650, Mohit runs riot at Rohtak

Shiva Jayaraman
Stats highlights from the 3rd round of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14

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.

Leading batsmen, Ranji Trophy, 2013-14
Batsmen Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
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

Leading bowlers, Ranji Trophy 2013-14
Bowler Mat Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 5w 10w
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