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Wasim Jaffer puts Mumbai ahead

Mumbai: Riding opener Wasim Jaffer’s record 32nd hundred in the championship, Mumbai took firm control in the Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra on Day II at the Wankhede on Sunday.

Jaffer scored a patient 132 when other top-order batsmen failed, but Mumbai had enough useful partnerships to reach 287 for 6 and take a 139-run lead.

Jaffer thus became the highest run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy as he got past Amol Muzumdar, whose tally stood at 9105.

Jaffer needed 83 to cross Muzumdar’s mark and after Sunday’s innings his total is 9155. He also eclipsed Ajay Sharma’s record of 31 centuries in the championship.

Jaffer’s knock contained 16 fours and a six in 246 balls.

There was a brief period after tea when Saurashtra looked to be fighting their way back by taking three quick wickets — including that of Jaffer to leave the hosts at 237 for 6 from 209 for 3.

But the unbroken 50-run seventh-wicket partnership in 108 balls between Hiken Shah (41) and Dhawal Kulkarni (18) ensured that Mumbai ended the day without any more trouble.

Saurashtra needed early wickets this morning to make up for their poor batting, but Mumbai refused to give them any opportunity.