Ranji Trophy: Delhi's Rishabh Pant hammers 308 off 326 balls, creates record

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New Delhi, Oct 16: Delhi's Rishabh Pant hammered 308 off 326 balls to create history in Ranji Trophy match against Maharashtra here on Sunday (Oct 16).

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Batting at a strike rate of 94.5, the 19-year-old smashed nine sixes and 42 fours on the way to his maiden triple hundred, in his fourth first class game.

Delhi's Rishabh Pant hammers 308 off 326 balls to create Ranji Trophy record

With his 514-minute long innings, Pant scripted history by becoming the youngest wicketkeeper to score a triple century in first class cricket in the world.

The southpaw is also the third youngest Indian to score a triple-century in first-class cricket, after Wasim Jaffer and Abhinav Mukund. After Jaffer, Mukund and Javed Miandad Pant has become fourth youngest batsman in the world to score a triple hundred.

Earlier this match witnessed a mammoth 594-run-partnership between Maharashtra's Swapnil Gugale (351*) and Ankit Bawne (258*) for the third wicket.

(Swapnil Gugale-Ankit Bawne set Ranji Trophy record with 594-run partnership)

The duo rewrote record books and came very close to erasing Sri Lankan legends Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara's world mark of 624-run-stand in the Ranji Trophy match.

The duo could have carried on but the 25-year-old Gugale put team before personal milestones as he declared the innings at 635/2 in 173 overs.

Earlier on Saturday (Oct 15), Pant notched up his second first class century, a strokeful and unbeaten 155, to keep Delhi in the hunt for the first innings lead against Maharashtra.

This was the first match in Ranji Trophy when three players scored 250+ scores.

After his dismissal in the last session, Delhi fell short of the first innings lead by 45 runs, giving Maharashtra the three points.

The left-handed Pant, who kept wickets for Delhi for almost two days during Maharashtra's massive first innings total, came in to bat when his side was in trouble at 135 for 3 and remained unconquered in a close of play tally of 376 for 5.

Pant, who had represented the country in the last Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh, batted in an aggressive fashion to strike 6 sixes and 21 fours off the 165 balls he faced till stumps on day three of the four-day match at the Wankhede Stadium.

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(With inputs from agencies)

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