Wasim Jaffer slams 50th first class ton, rescues Mumbai against Vidarbha on Ranji Day 1

Wasim Jaffer joins an elite club of cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Dilip Vengsarkar, VVS Laxman and Mohd Azharuddin, who have record 50 or more hundreds at first class level.

updated: November 29, 2013 00:48 IST
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Mumbai: Seasoned opener Wasim Jaffer cracked his 50th century in first class cricket to rally champions Mumbai from a difficult situation on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A clash against fellow-state rivals Vidarbha at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. (Read: The joy of playing helps Wasim Jaffer excel consistently)

Jaffer remained unbeaten on 133 at stumps after batting right through the day and guiding the 40-time champions from a precarious 39 for 3 to a close of play first innings total of 254 for 8. With his 50th first-class hundred, Jaffer joined an elite list of seven other Indian cricketers - Sachin Tendulkar (81), Sunil Gavaskar (81), Rahul Dravid (68), Dilip Vengsarkar (55), VVS Laxman (55) and Mohammad Azharuddin (54) - who have 50-plus hundreds at this level.

The 35-year-old former India batsman showed immense patience and tenacity even as wickets fell from the other end. But for his 393-minute vigil, the hosts, who were asked to take first strike, would have folded up for a meager score.

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