Delhi bowlers frittered away the initial advantage as Ishan Kishan’s brilliant unbeaten 162 enabled Jharkhand to reach a comfortable 359 for six in a group B encounter of the Ranji Trophy in Kerala on Saturday.
It was a day when Delhi captain Unmukt Chand used as many as nine bowlers with only Vaibhav Rawal and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant not rolling their arms over.
Left-handed Kishan played a counterattacking innings as he hit 14 boundaries and six huge sixes in his undefeated 213-ball knock.
The former India U-19 captain came in when Jharkhand were struggling at 80 for 4.
Along with experienced Ishank Jaggi (55), he added 116 runs for the fifth wicket. Jaggi played 89 balls hitting 10 fours in the process.
Once Jaggi was out, Kaushal Singh (39) gave support as he dropped anchor at one end in their 120-run stand in 28 overs for the 6th wicket with Kishan taking charge.
At St Xavier’s College ground, Unmukt used his pace trio of Parvinder Awana, Vikas Tokas and Subodh Bhati extensively.
In fact, it was a forgettable day for Tokas, who went for 98 runs in 17 overs, as he was hit for sixes and fours galore.
He was pulled with disdain as he dropped short on many occasion. He also bowled 8 no balls and two wides as it negated the efforts of Parvinder Awana (1/47 in 15 overs) and Subodh Bhati (2/53 in 19 overs).
The two spinners Manan Sharma (0/30 in 7 overs) and Varun Sood (2/48 in 14 overs) also didn’t bowl too well.
“The bowlers started well but then bowled a lot of loose deliveries. We couldn’t use our spinners effectively as they also didn’t bowl to the channel. The absence of Navdeep Saini and Sumit Narwal also had a negative impact on the performance,” said chief coach KP Bhaskar.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 359/6 (Ishan Kishan 162 no, Ishank Jaggi 55, Pratyush Singh 45, Subodh Bhati 2/53, Vikas Tokas 1/98) vs Delhi.
Karnataka recover to post 267
Medium pacer Lalit Yadav picked up his maiden five wicket haul to help Vidarbha dismiss Karnataka for 267 on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Vadodara.
Karnataka were reduced to 120 for seven before the lower order came to their rescue.
Number 10 K Gowtham remained unbeaten on 60 captain while the others who chipped in were skipper R Vinay Kumar (39), Robin Uthappa (46) and Sreenath Aravind (26).
For Vidarbha, Lalit was the stand out bowler while Ravikumar Thakur played the supporting role well by taking three wickets.
Rajasthan reach 249/5 against Odisha on Day 1
Rajasthan’s middle-order put up a solid performance as the team reached 249/5 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match against Odisha in Patiala.
SF Khan top-scored for Rajasthan with an unbeaten 135-ball 65, which laced with eight fours. Giving him company at the draw of stumps was Chetan Bist (20) after Rajasthan were put in to bat by Odisha.
Ashok Menaria was the second best with a 41-run effort, which came off 43 deliveries and included seven hits to the fence.
For Odisha, five different bowlers picked up the five wickets that fell on the opening day of the match.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan: 249/5 in 78 overs (SF Khan 65 batting, SB Pradhan 1/63).