Rain played spoilsport to Kerala’s hope of securing an outright win as they had to settle for three points by virtue of their first innings lead against Jammu and Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy group C match at Bengal Cricket Academy here today.
Following on, Jammu and Kashmir were tottering at 91 for four – trailing by 94 runs when rain saved them from an innings defeat halting the proceedings at 1.21 pm.
The final day’s play could not resume and the match was called off at 4 pm with Kerala getting 3 points from the game.
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This was for the third consecutive day rain had halted the proceedings and J& K had a lucky escape with a point.
A wet outfield had forced a 30-minute delay this morning.
Starting on an overnight score of 106 for 5 in the first innings, J&K lost their remaining five wickets in 15 runs as Kerala enforced follow-on with a massive 205-run lead.
Kerala spinners took 8 wickets in J&K’s first innings and it was their left-arm orthodox K Monish who led the way with exceptional figures of 4/9 from his eight overs.
Iqbal Abdulla (3/36) and Jalaj Saxena (1/3) were the other two spinners who brought about opposition downfall for 121 in 44 overs.
Parveez Rasool’s boys began their second innings ominously when Basil Thampi bowled Adil Reshi for a duck to reduced them to 0/1.
Later left-arm spinner Abdulla (2/21) struck twice in two overs to reduce them to 91/4 in 31.3 overs when rain cut short a gripping finish.
Opener Shubham Khajuria remained steady at the other end with an unbeaten 39 (6×4).
Brief Scores: Kerala 1st Innings 306.
Jammu and Kashmir 1st Innings 121; 44 overs (K Monish 4/9, Iqbal Abdulla 3/36) and 2nd Innings 91/4; 31.3 overs (Shubham Khajuria 39 not out; Abdulla 2/21).
Prasanth Kumar, Hanuma Vihari hit fifties in drawn tie between Andhra and Himachal
Prasanth Kumar missed out on a hundred while Hanuma Vihari also hit an unbeaten half-century as Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh split points following a draw in their rain-hit Group C match, here today.
Beginning the day at 47 for one, Andhra ended at 167 for one with Prasanth scoring 93 and skipper Vihari 68 as the two players added 120 runs to their overnight total.
Himachal Pradesh had scored 357 in their first innings. The entire second day was washed out while less than 30 overs could be bowled on the third day.
The match was destined for a drab draw.
Prasanth’s 93 came off 191 balls with eight fours and a six while Vihari took 149 balls for his 68 that had nine shots to the fence.
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 357 all out
Andhra 1st innings: 167 for 1 in 59 overs. (DB Prasanth 93 not out, H Vihari not out; R Dhawa 1/27).
Haryana earn 3 points against Services in drawn Ranji game
The Ranji Trophy match between Services and Haryana ended in a draw after a plethora of overs were lost on the first two days of the game played at the iconic Brabourne stadium here.
The play on the first two days started post lunch owing to a wet outfield. Haryana, however earned three crucial points based on their 51-run first innings lead. Services earned a point.
Services, which resumed the final day on 148/2 declared their second innings on 329/6 with half-centuries by keeper-batsman Nakul Verma (73), Ravi Chouhan (60) and Shamsher Yadav (70). They had scored a partly 197 in their first innings.
Verma, who hit 10 boundaries, was trapped leg before by leggie Yuzvendra Chahal.
Haryana had made 248 in their first innings.
Given a target of 279, Haryana batsman Nitin Saini in the second innings made most of the wicket and decimated the bowlers with a superb 101 not out.
He hit nine boundaries and a six in his fabulous knock, as Haryana reached 136/1 when play was called off The lone Haryana wicket was taken by M Khalid.
Services (197 and 329/6 declared) draw versus Haryana (248 and 136/1).
Bowlers lead Hyderabad to nine-wicket win over Goa
The bowlers, led by paceman M Ravi Kumar, scripted Hyderabad’s impressive nine-wicket win by bundling out Goa for 258 in their second innings on the fourth and final day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match, here today.
Goa, who conceded a 224-run first innings lead, needed to bat through the day to save the match but despite skipper Sagun Kamat (55) and Saurabh Bandekar (51) fighting knocks the side cracked under pressure.
Hyderabad needed only 35 runs to win and take six points which they did by losing just one wicket. Opener Tanmay Agarwal scored an unbeaten 27 to complete the formalities.
Ravi Agarwal removed both the Goan openers in his three-wicket haul while Chama Milind, Mehdi Hasan and Vishal Sharma took two wickets apiece.
Goa 164 and 258 all out (S Kamar 55, S Bandekar 51; M Ravi Kiran 3/40)
Hyderabad 388 and 35/1 in 5 overs.