Gugale, Bawne add 594; Maharashtra declare on verge of huge record

Delhi 21 for 0 trail Maharashtra 635 for 2 dec (Gugale 351*, Bawne 258*, Saini 2-44) by 614 runs

Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne came so close to beating a gargantuan record © PTI

An immense record – the highest partnership in all first-class cricket – was under threat at the Wankhede Stadium, until Maharashtra declared their innings with Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne‘s stand on 594. It was the second-highest partnership in first-class cricket, only 30 short of equalling Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene’s 624.

Maharashtra amassed 635 for 2 before the captain – Gugale was leading the team for the first time – decided to give his bowlers five overs at the Delhi batsmen before stumps. He had struck his maiden triple-century – his 351 was the seventh highest score in the Ranji Trophy – and Bawne’s 258 was his first double-century.

Maharashtra had begun the second morning on 290 for 2 with Gugale and Bawne – on 152 and 120 – having added 249 on the first day. By the end of the innings, Gugale had batted 521 minutes and struck 37 fours and five sixes, while Bawne batted 500 minutes, hitting 18 fours and two sixes. They had added 345 on the second day.

Delhi used nine bowlers through the course of the 173-over innings; medium-pacer Navdeep Saini’s two wickets on the first day were their only successes. Left-arm spinners Manan Sharma and Varun Sood bowled 40 and 30 overs respectively, while seamer Parvinder Awana sent down 29 with a wicket.

Delhi ended the day on 21 for 0, trailing by 614 runs.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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