Explosive young batsman Shubman Gill hit a superb unbeaten 199 on Saturday to power the Punjab side to 308 for the loss of two wickets in the ongoing Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu.
The youngster became the 13th player and second Indian, after the ‘wall’ Rahul Dravid in the First-Class history to end the day’s play on 199. The coach of the Under-19 team and former Indian cricketer, Dravid, had done the same thing during the Adelaide Test between India and Australia in the year 2003.
Dravid eventually went on to score a double-century and ended his fourth Test double by scoring 233 runs off 446 balls.
The day two started with Tamil Nadu’s innings coming to an end in the first over of the game. R Sai Kishore (1) was run-out by Baltej Singh, adding two runs to its overnight score. The Baba Indrajith-led side was bowled out for a modest first inning total of 215.
The hosts started their proceedings on a positive note as 19-year-old Shubman Gill and Jiwanjot Singh battled the Tamil Nadu’s pace attack with sheer determination. Jiwanjot lost his wicket in the 26th over of the Punjab innings and went back to the pavilion after scoring 33 runs off 94 balls, hitting six boundaries during his knock.
Both the players stitched a solid 107-run stand for the first wicket to give their team a strong foundation.
The struggle was real for the Tamil Nadu bowlers as Gill proved an unstoppable force, hitting shots with authority while skipper Mandeep Singh showed his calmness at the other end.
The 19-year-old prodigy kept on playing some exquisite shots and hitting boundaries. The player looked fearless and was not at all afraid to hit the ball in the air. His amazing inning was halted by bad light and the play had to be called off with Gill remaining not out on 199.
Punjab would want Gill to show his batting prowess on Day Three too and would love to extend Punjab’s current lead of 93 and take control of the match.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 215 all out in 84 overs (Vijay Shankar 71, M Mohammed 27, Dinesh Karthik 26, Manpreet Singh Grewal 5 for 55) vs Punjab 308 for 2 in 79 overs (Shubman Gill 199 batting, Mandeep Singh 50 batting).
At Hyderabad: Bengal 336 all out in overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 186, Ravi Kiran 4 for 46) vs Hyderabad 20 for 1 in 9 overs.
At Amtar: Andhra 173 all out in 54.3 overs (Jyothisaikrishna 74, P P Jaiswal 5 for 50) vs Himachal Pradesh 320 for 5 in 111 overs (P P Chopra 65, A R Kalsi 103 batting, RR Dhawan 76, B Ayyappa 2 for 83).
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