Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Irfan and Yusuf Pathan Shines With the Bat, Raina Fails Yet Again
India’s domestic is underway and in the first three days we’ve seen many brilliant individual performances, be it the 40th first-class hundred from Gautam Gambhir or the youngster Prashant Chopra getting to his maiden triple hundred against Punjab.
The third day of the tournament, though saw the two discarded India all-rounders Yusuf and Irfan Pathan getting into the groove and the Pathan brothers together put on a crucial 188-run stand but even after their struggle, Baroda failed to avoid the follow-on against Madhya Pradesh in Indore.
Yusuf raced to a hundred, while Irfan too scored 80. When the duo was out their in the middle there were fireworks from both the ends. Yusuf’s 111 and Irfan’s 80 took Baroda 302 but at the end of day’s play, they’re one down for 41.
Meanwhile, in the group-A encounter at Feroz Shah Kotla, Gautam Gambhir failed to add to his overnight score but a quick fifty down the order from young Anuj Rawat (71) and Manan Sharma (69) pushed Delhi’s total to 435.
Saurashtra in their group-B game against Haryana was very clinical with the ball and managed to register a win by an innings and 31 runs, even after scoring just 278 runs batting first.
In group-A’s other big game, Suresh Raina‘s first game of the season didn’t go according to the plan, as Railways set Uttar Pradesh a target of just 94 runs in the final innings but apart from Suresh Raina none of the top order batsmen got to double figures and they were bundled out for just 72 runs.