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Mumbai's Sairaj Patil scores maiden ton to consolidate team's position against Jharkhand.
Although Mumbai have secured themselves a place in the semifinal against Madhya Pradesh in the Vijay Merchant Trophy, their ongoing match against Jharkhand still has a lot to offer. After Mumbai got all out on 360 in the first innings, Jharkhand had an embarrassing outing in the middle, their entire team contributing only 46 runs before folding up. However, if it seemed that Jharkhand would lose all hope after that paltry score, it wasn't the case, and they soon had Mumbai in a spot of bother taking three quick wickets.
When Mumbai skipper Sairaj Patil walked in to bat, the score was 16/3 but his composed and well-executed innings helped the team pile up 311 runs in the second innings. Patil, 16, scored his maiden ton in BCCI's age level cricket. He took 210 balls to finally reach the three-figure mark and hit as many as 14 boundaries.
"I am very happy to have finally scored a century. Earlier I had couple of fifties to my name. I am sure my dad will be proud of my effort as he had also represented Mumbai in the age level tournaments and it is his dream to see me do well in the sport. I hope this is a positive start and I can multiply my performance from here," said Patil.
Though Mumbai were not in a dangerous position as their lead had climbed up to 330 when Patil came to the crease, his 125-run partnership with Arman Jaffer put a stop to the quick fall of wickets and provided stability to their innings. The partnership improved upon Mumbai's shaky start and Patil succeeded in demolishing all hopes that Jharkhand may have harboured of saving the game. Even when Jaffer was dismissed on 59, Patil realised the importance of his wicket at that time and kept playing down the ground. He had gotten out on a duck in the first innings and this was a chance that was asking to be grabbed with both hands, and he did not disappoint.