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Mumbai’s Tanush Kotian and Tushar Deshpande write Ranji Trophy history, becoming the second team to accomplish the unusual feat

<p>The final batting combination for the Mumbai domestic team, Tanush Kotian and Tushar Deshpande, wrote history on Tuesday, February 27 at the Sharad Pawar Academy, BKC in Mumbai, as they amassed a record 232 runs together in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Baroda. Deshpande and Kotian combined at 337/9, smashing their individual centuries and making a mockery of the Baroda bowling attack. Deshpande reached his three-figure mark in just 112 balls, but Kotian reached his milestone first with a hundred off 115 balls.</p>
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<p>In the history of first-class cricket, Deshpande and Kotian are the only other duo of No. 10 and No. 11 batters to score centuries together. The first instance occurred in 1946 when the Indian team on tour, led by Shute Banerjee and Chandu Sarwate, crushed tons against Surrey. In the history of the Ranji Trophy, this has never occurred before.</p>
<p>Deshpande, who batted at No. 11 in first-class cricket, became just the third Indian batter to score a century with a score of 123. But after surpassing Shute Banerjee’s 121, Deshpande now holds the highest score for a No. 11 Indian batter in first class. Ajay Sharma and Maninder Singh’s 233-run partnership for the tenth wicket, which Deshpande and Kotian stitched together, was one run short of the Ranji record.</p>
<p>Mumbai set a huge target of 606 runs for the visitors to chase down on the last day of play, thanks to the contributions of Deshpande and Kotian in the batting. Mumbai jumped out to a 36-run lead in the first innings and have since compounded Baroda’s problems, virtually securing the last semi-final spot.</p>
<p>After Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh had already qualified for the semifinals after winning their respective matches on Day 4, Vidarbha defeated Karnataka by 127 runs in the other quarterfinal to secure the third spot in the semifinals.</p>

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