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

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Mumbai, Oct 14: Maharashtra's Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne rewrote record books and came very close to erasing Sri Lankan legends Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara's world mark in the Ranji Trophy match here today (October 14).

Match scorecard

Captain and opener Gugale struck a magnificent unbeaten 351 (521 balls, 37x4, 5x6) and number 4 batsman Bawne remained undefeated on a superb 258 (500 balls, 18x4, 2x6) against Delhi on the second day of their Ranji Trophy contest here at the Wankhede Stadium.

Swapnil Gugale (left) and Ankit Bawne return to the pavilion after their record partnership on Friday (October 14)

Gugale, in his first match as skipper, hit his only 3rd ton in first-class cricket and Bawne with his 14th three-figure plus mark.

Right-handers Gugale and Bawne, 23, set a new Ranji Trophy partnership record with an unfinished association of 594 runs for the third wicket. This is the highest ever partnership for any wicket in the tournament's history (Previous best - 577 between Vijay Hazare (288) and Gul Mohammed (319) for Baroda Vs Holkar in 1947). Gugale-Bawne broke 69-year-old mark.

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.

The 2nd wicket had fallen at 41 in 8.1 overs. At stumps on first day yesterday (October 13), Gugale was batting on 152 and Bawne on 120. Maharashtra were 290/2 in 90 overs.

Both Gugale and Bawne registered their highest first-class scores. In his previous 17 games, Gugale's top score was 174 while Bawne's previous best was 172 in 61 matches.

The world record partnership for any wicket in first-class history belongs to the Sri Lankan pair of Jayawardene and Sangakkara with 624 runs (Scorecard) against South Africa in Colombo in 2006. Gugale and Bawne missed the mark by 30 runs.

Gugale (left) and Bawne run between the wickets during their record partnership

In that historic Test, Sangakkara scored 287 and skipper Jayawardene hit 374 as Sri Lanka won by an innings and 153 runs.

Brief Scores (At the end of Day 2)

Maharashtra 635/2 in 173 overs declared (Swapnil Gugale 351 not out, Ankit Bawne 258 not out, Navdeep Saini 2/44) Vs Delhi 21/0 in 5 overs

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