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Sachin’s 80th first-class 100

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar scored his 80th first-class century for Mumbai to help his team post 272 for three on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarter final clash against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

He was well-supported by opener Wasim Jaffer (137 batting), who scored his second consecutive century, having hit 171 against Gujarat in their last league game. Tendulkar and Jaffer shared a 234-run stand for the third wicket to lay the foundation of a big total after the hosts were reduced to 35 for two at one stage.

Playing his 35th Ranji match for Mumbai, Tendulkar spent 296 minutes at the crease for his 108 that came off 233 balls. He hit 10 boundaries and a six. Tendulkar, who recently retired from one-day International cricket, looked in sublime form as he notched up his 18th Ranji century.

The Master played all the shots in his repertoire. He hit a six off Ketul Patel to bring up the fifty, while his century came off an Ambati Rayudu over when he took a couple of runs.

In the end, he was castled by pacer Murtuza Vahora.

This was Tendulkar’s second ton of the season. He had hit 137 against Railways in a league match in November last year. He is now one short of the Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar, who has 81 first-class hundreds to his name. In Ranji Trophy, Gavaskar had scored 20 centuries.

After electing to bat, Mumbai lost opener Kaustubh Pawar (8) and Hiken Shah (9) cheaply.

But Tendulkar and Jaffer managed to consolidate the innings, and although the latter was lucky to get a life when he was dropped at slip by skipper Yusuf Pathan on 96, he played responsibly. In another match, Shadab Nazar took five wickets to help Services dismiss Uttar Pradesh for a paltry 134 in just 38 overs. Services were 154 for five and were leading by 20 runs at the day ended. Sent into bat, Services suf¬fered an early setback when opener Mukul Dagar (5) was dismissed by mediumpacer Nishan Singh. UP skipper Mohammad Kaif (1) followed soon as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Nishan for his sec¬ond wicket. The following batsmen Eklavya Dwivedi (1) and Parvinder Singh (1) too, failed to contribute. Lefthanded opener Tanmay Srivastava scored 20 off 71 balls.

Summarised Scores

In Indore: Uttar Pradesh 134 (S. Nazar 5/51). Services 154/5 (I. Ahmed 3/51)

In Jamshedpur: Jharkhand 195/3 (R. Nemat 97 batting, I. Jaggi 50 batting) vs Punjab

In Mumbai: Mumbai 272/3 (W. Jaffer 137 batting, S. Tendulkar 108 batting) vs Baroda

In Rajkot: Saurashtra 272/5 (S. Jackson 83) vs Karnataka

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