Ranji Trophy 2012-13, Group A, Round 5, 2nd day December 2, 2012

Jadeja first Indian to get three triple centuries

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Saurashtra 534 for 6 (Jadeja 320*, Makvana 78*, Kotak 68) v Railways

Ravindra Jadeja became the first Indian batsman to make three triple hundreds in first-class cricket during his unbeaten knock of 320 against Railways in Rajkot. Only seven batsmen in world cricket have achieved the feat before. Jadeja had also made 303* against Gujarat earlier this season. Jadeja and Kamlesh Makvana (78*) put on an unbroken 274 for the sixth wicket after veteran Shitanshu Kotak had fallen for 68. Jadeja has been at the crease for more than 11 hours, faced 491 deliveries and hit 28 fours and seven sixes. Five other Indians have made two triple hundreds each in first-class cricket - Vijay Hazare, Raman Lamba, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer.

Rajasthan 222 and 56 for 1 lead Punjab 215 (Ravi Inder 85, Pankaj 5-45) by 63 runs

Fast bowler Pankaj Singh took his 16th first-class five-wicket haul in his 65th game as Punjab were dismissed for 215 in reply to Rajasthan's 222 in Mohali. Left-arm medium-pacer Aniket Choudhary had reduced Punjab to 87 for 4 before Ravi Inder Singh (85) and Gurkeerat Singh (40) steadied the innings with a partnership of 89. Choudary returned to have Gurkeerat caught behind, and Punjab collapsed after that. Ravi Inder was bowled by Rituraj Singh and Pankaj ran through the tail to end with 5 for 45. Rajasthan lost their wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik for 32 to end on 56 for 1 at stumps.

Mumbai 297 and 6 for 0 lead Bengal 201 (A Das 98*, Chavan 4-61) by 102 runs

Mumbai's lower order stretched their first innings to 297, and spinning allrounder Ankeet Chavan claimed four wickets to bowl out Bengal for 201 at Brabourne Stadium. Bengal opener Arindam Das was stranded on 98 as the visitors lost regular wickets. Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal captain, was the only other batsman to get some sort of start, but he holed out in trying to loft Chavan down the ground for 39. Kshemal Waingankar took the last two wickets as Mumbai took a lead of 96. They also played out three overs safely in their second innings.

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Hyderabad 50 for 1 trail Gujarat 566 (Smit 114, Parthiv 111, Juneja 106) by 516 runs

Centuries from captain Parthiv Patel and Manprit Juneja boosted Gujarat to 566 against Hyderabad in Valsad. The duo added 178 for the fifth wicket. Parthiv took 144 deliveries for his 111 while Juneja made 106 off 159. Parthiv's century was his 18th in first-class cricket, and 22-year old Juneja's was his fourth in seven first-class games. Hyderabad lost the wicket of K Sumanth in reaching 50 for 1, with their captain Akshath Reddy motoring to 30.