Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan maintained his impressive form and hammered yet another century in the Ranji Trophy, just days after being left out of the India team for the forthcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In Tuesday’s game against Delhi, he scored his most recent century. His third century of the current season came as he helped Mumbai rally from being down to 110/5. On the first day’s last session, Sarfaraz attained the milestone.

Anuj Rawat, the wicketkeeper for Delhi, lost a chance to stump Sarfaraz just before tea, but he made good most of the missed opportunities by giving him two bailouts. Coach Amol Muzumdar of Mumbai gave a standing ovation to Sarfaraz after his strike. The coach raised his hat as Sarfaraz roared in the delight of his tonne, followed by his trademark celebration of slapping his thigh.

Sarfaraz has an outstanding track record in the domestic league, having exceeded the 900-run threshold in each of the previous two seasons. He had amassed an astounding 982 runs from six matches to finish as the competition’s top run scorer in the previous season. Sarfaraz was disappointed that he was not selected for India’s Test team after posting astonishing figures on the home circuit. He posted on social media to praise his excellent First Class cricket exploits and to express his deep dejection at not being selected for the India team.

Resuming the game, star opener Prithvi Shaw gave Mumbai a strong start at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi after they were requested to bat first by Delhi. Shaw was recently returned to the national team. After Mumbai lost three more batters in rapid succession, including the coveted scalp of skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who could only muster two runs during his 25-ball stint in the middle, Shaw was caught LBW for 40 off 35 balls.

After Mumbai was reduced to 66/4, the situation began to stabilize a little. However, Mumbai had lost half of their team with just 110 on the scoreboard. After that, Sarfaraz and Shams Mulani helped Mumbai comeback by scoring 144 runs for the sixth wicket.

The hosts then made a critical breakthrough thanks to Harshit Rana when Mulani was caught by Dhruv Shorey for 39. (103). Soon later, Sarfaraz left the field as well after being stumped with 125 off 155 balls. Four maximums and 16 boundaries were part of his knock.

In the end, Mumbai was dismissed for 293 in 79.2 overs, which also marked the end of the day’s play.