Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Smit Patel maiden double ton puts Goa on top

Smit Patel smashed a career-best 236 before Goa declared at 490/4 on day one of its Ranji Trophy Plate clash against Mizoram.

File photo of Smit Patel who scored a career-best 236 in first-class cricket.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel smashed a career-best 236 before Goa declared at 490/4 on day one of its Ranji Trophy Plate clash against Mizoram here on Wednesday.

Patel, whose previous best was 158, struck 28 fours and three sixes in his entertaining 195-ball knock, while skipper Amit Verma also slammed a century. The duo put on 301 runs for the third wicket.

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Put in to bat, Goa lost opener Vaibhav Govekar (21) inside 12 overs but Sumiran Amonkar (32) steadied the innings in company of Patel. G Lalbiakvela (3-91) took three wickets for Mizoram.

In reply, Mizoram were 15/1 at stumps on day one, trailing by 475 runs at the CCFC ground here.

Goa (43 points) has a slender two-point lead over Puducherry in the Plate Group standings from where one team qualifies for the quarterfinals.

Brief Scores:

Goa 490/4 declared; 77.5 overs (Smit Patel 236, Amit Verma 148, Snehal Kauthankar 40 not out). Mizoram 15/1; 7 overs.

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