Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne made the 2nd Best partnership in First-Class cricket in 1st innings   PTI
Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne made the 2nd Best partnership in First-Class cricket in 1st innings PTI

Delhi reached 376 for 5 in their reply to a mammoth total posted by Maharashtra at stumps on Day Three of their ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17 match, which is being played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The pitch at the venue where even the Indian national team has been at the receiving end more often than not has been a belter as the batsmen from both the teams have made merry. It began with Maharashtra producing an unbelievable display of batting, with their captain Swapnil Gugale and Ankit Bawne coming agonisingly close to world record stand for any wicket in First-Class cricket, which belongs to the Sri Lankan duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. READ:Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Gugale and Bawne added a breath-taking 594 runs for the third wicket, and Maharashtra declared their innings on the second day of the contest, not knowing that these two batsmen could have broken the record of 624-run stand which Jayawardene and Sangakkara once put against South Africa at Colombo. Gugale remained unbeaten on 351, while Bawne amassed 258 not out. READ: Swapnil Gugale, Ankit Bawne’s unbeaten 594-run stand and other top partnerships in First-Class cricket

In their reply, Delhi stuttered as their captain Unmukt Chand fell for 24 and Mohit Sharma was trapped leg-before for 18. Dhruv Shorey looked good during his innings of 71, but failed to convert it into a century. For Delhi, No. 5 batsman Rishabh Pant slammed a fine century on the third day, and remained unbeaten on 155 off 165 balls, striking 21 fours and 6 sixes. Delhi trail by another 259 runs in the first innings, with 5 wickets left in the hand.

Brief scores:

Maharashtra 635 for 2 decl. (Swapnil Gugale 351*, Ankit Bawne 258*; Navdeep Saini 2 for 44) lead Delhi 376 for 5 (Dhruv Shorey 71, Rishabh Pant 155*; Mohsin Sayyed 3 for 73) by 259 runs.