Captain Riyan Parag on Monday smashed a whirlwind century in Assam's first match of the Ranji Trophy 2023-24 against Chattisgarh. Riyan's 155 came off just 87 balls and has now entered the record books for being the second-fastest hundred in the tournament's history. This is also the Royals' batter's highest score in first-class cricket.



Chattisgarh posted a humongous total of 327 in their first innings, in response to which Assam were dismissed for 159. Following on, they were reduced to 78/3 when skipper Riyan walked in to rescue the team and stayed unbeaten overnight as the play progressed to Day 4. Parag continued the momentum following his half-century, opened the shackles and went after the bowlers, striking 11 fours and 12 sixes on the way to a record century. Batting at a strike rate of over 170, he held fort at one end even as wickets kept tumbling at the other. Riyan's knock saved Assam from an innings defeat and also gave them hope in the form of an 86-run lead and something to bowl at. However, it turned out to be an easy chase for Chattisgarh as they wrapped up the game post the lunch break.