Led by Mayank Agarwal, the Indian batsmen put up 407 on the second day at Indore; the eight IPL franchises released 71 cricketers ahead of the next season; Asad Shafiq and Glenn Phillips scored hundreds in their respective tour matches; and Meghalaya stunned Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Mayank's masterpiece flattens Bangladesh
India finished Day 2 at Indore on 493/6. They now lead Bangladesh by 343 runs. Mayank Agarwal led the show, hitting 8 sixes – the joint record for India – en route a career-best 243. His footwork was exquisite, especially against spin. At this stage his career batting average reads a whopping 71.50.
Agarwal found support in Cheteshwar Pujara (54), Ajinkya Rahane (86), and Ravindra Jadeja (60*). For Bangladesh, Abu Jayed returned 4/108, his maiden four-wicket haul. This included the first four wickets to fall.
Shafiq gets a hundred...
Asad Shafiq got his second hundred in as many tour matches, this time 101 not out against a Cricket Australia XI at Perth. Batting first, the Pakistanis put up 386/7. Imam-ul-Haq (44), Shan Masood (76), Babar Azam (63), and Kashif Bhatti (56*) also got some much-needed match practice.
For the hosts, Lloyd Pope, the teenage leg-spinner from South Australia, picked up 5/100.
... as does Phillips
New Zealand A declared on 302/6 against England XI at Whangarei. Glenn Phillips top-scored with 116, while contributions also came from Hamish Rutherford (59) and Tom Blundell (60). Jofra Archer (2/58) and Ben Stokes (2/64) both had decent outings.
England lost Rory Burns late in the day to finish on 26/1.
Meghalaya stun Mumbai
Meghalaya beat Mumbai by 4 wickets in what was definitely the greatest upset in the history of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Batting first, Mumbai got to a reasonable 157/6 thanks to Jay Bista's 30-ball 44 even as Swarajeet Das returned 4-0-31-2 and Amiangshu Sen 3-0-22-1.
Shardul Thakur (4-0-34-2) then reduced Meghalaya to 41/3 before DB Ravi Teja (61* in 45 balls) and Sanjay Yadav (55 in 44) helped seal a win with 4 balls to spare.
Massive overhaul in IPL
The eight IPL franchises released 71 players between them on a hectic day at the inter-season trade-off. Here is a summary:
Chennai Super Kings: Purse INR 14.6 crores, released Chaitanya Bishnoi, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, David Willey, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn
Delhi Capitals: Purse 27.85 crores, released Ankush Bains, B Ayyappa, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro
Kings XI Punjab: Purse 42.7 crores, released Agnivesh Ayachi, Prabhsimran Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran
Kolkata Knight Riders: Purse 35.65 crores, released KC Cariappa, Nikhil Naik, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Mundhe, Anrich Nortje, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, Matt Kelly
Mumbai Indians: Purse 13.05 crores, released Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Yuvraj Singh, Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Cutting, Beuran Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff
Rajasthan Royals: Purse 28.9 crores, released Aryaman Birla, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Sudhesan Midhun, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Purse 27.9 crores, released Akshdeep Nath, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Milind Kumar, Prayas Ray Barman, Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klassen, Marcus Stoinis, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Purse 17 crores, released Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Shakib Al Hasan