Mumbai : Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh slammed his maiden double hundred in first-class cricket as the visitors compiled a mammoth 580 in their first innings against Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy league match.

Mandeep made a strokeful 211. Replying to their rivals’ huge score, the home team was 69 for the loss of opener Aditya Tare’s wicket, with Kaustubh Pawar (26) and Ajinkya Rahane (18) at the crease.

Mandeep, not out 102 overnight, played second fiddle to his partner who was batting on 83 off 109 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes in a team score of 451 for four at lunch. Mandeep was 169 not out at the break.

Mandeep, dropped thrice before he reached his ton, was let off again on 199. He cracked 32 fours and a six.

Brief scores:

Punjab 580 Mandeep Singh 211, Amitoze Singh 91; A Agarkar 3 for 95, Dhawal Kulkarni 2 for 106, (Mumbai 69 for 1)

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