Jammu and Kashmir pacer Samiullah Beigh returned with a six-wicket haul but the team found itself on the backfoot as Kerala remained in the hunt for a first innings lead in a rain-interrupted Ranji Trophy group C match here today.
In reply to Kerala’s 306 in the first innings, Jammu and Kashmir were 106 for five in 29 overs, trailing by 200 runs on the penultimate day when rain halted the proceedings at 12.59pm.
J and K responded in an aggressive fashion with Adil Reshi’s 40 from 38 balls (6×4). He along with Shubham Khajuria (12) put up 57 runs from 62 balls before left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla struck.
The signing from Mumbai finished with 3/32, while another left-arm spinner K Monish also joined in the act in a tidy 2/6 from his four overs as the duo took regular wickets before rain played halted their march for a second successive day.
Only 34.5 overs could be possible on day three which was called off at 2.30 as the match headed for a draw.
Wet outfield following yesterday’s downpour had delayed the start of the day for 30 minutes as Kerala resuming on 282 for seven were bundled out in 102.1 overs with Sanju Samson’s 154 being the highlight of the morning.
The 21-year-old Sanju hit 24 boundaries and one six in his patient knock spanning seven hours and 10 minutes stretching three days.
Earlier, J and K pacer Beigh (6/82) gave the breakthrough dismissing Manu Krishan (18) in the third over of the day to snap his brilliant 52-run eighth wicket partnership with Sanju.
Unbeaten on his overnight score of 142, Sanju got to 150 in 286 balls before becoming seamer Ram Dayal’s third victim.
Kerala 1st Innings 306; 102.1 overs (Sanju Samson 154; Samiullah Beigh 6/82, Ram Dayal 3/88). Jammu and Kashmir 1st Innings 106/5; 29 overs (Adil Reshi 40, Iqbal Abdulla 3/32, K Monish 2/6). Match to continue.
Chhattisgarh win big vs Tripura on Ranji Trophy debut
Ranji Trophy debutants Chhattisgarh notched up an easy nine-wicket victory against tournament’s perennial whipping boys Tripura in Ranchi.
Having taken a vital 137 run first innings lead, the Mohammed Kaif led side bundled out Tripura for 149 in the second innings with left-arm spinner Ajay Mandal grabbing 4 for 55. Pacer Pratik Sinha got two wickets while only Smit Patel and Gurinder Singh scored 26 and 20 respectively.
Needing only 13 runs to win, Chhattisgarh missed a golden opportunity to get a bonus point as they lost a wicket in the process knocking off runs in 3.5 overs.
Brief Scores: Tripura 118 & 149 (Smit Patel 26, Gurinder Singh 20, Ajay Mandal 4/55) Chhattisgarh 255 & 13/1. Chhattisgarh won by 9 wkts. Points: Chhattisgarh 6; Tripura 0.
Haryana take 51-run first innings lead against Services
After Haryana took a 51-run first innings lead, Services reached 148 for two in their second essay, riding on wicketkeeper-batsman Nakul Verma’s unbeaten 54 on the third day of a Group C Ranji Trophy encounter.
Resuming the day on 117 for three, Haryana added 131 runs to their tally before ending their first innings on 248 in reply to Services total of 197.
The chief architect of the Haryana innings was Shubham Rohilla, who missed out on a century by just eight runs, as he was run out on valiant 92.
Brief scores: Services:197 & 148 for two in 44 overs (Nakul Verma 54 batting, Anshul Gupta 40, Shaumik Chatterjee 33). Haryana 1st innings: 248 (Shubham Rohilla 92; Khalid Ahmed 4/86, Vikas Yadav 4/80).
Andhra reach 47/1 vs Himachal as 27.2 overs bowled on Day 3
Andhra reached 47 for 1 in 14 overs after Himachal Pradesh scored 357 in their first innings at the end of third day of the Ranji Trophy group league encounter between the two teams.
Only 27.2 overs of play was possible on the third day as Himachal added 39 runs to their first day’s total of 318 for seven.
Sumeet Verma top scored with 142 while CV Stephen took 3/74. In reply, Andhra scored 47 for one as Hanuma Vihari and DB Prasanth were batting on 20 and 21 respectively.
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 1st Innings: 357 (Sumeet Verma 142, CV Stephen 3/74) Andhra 1st Innings 47/1 (DV Prasanth 21 batting, G Hanuma Vihari 20 batting)
Hyderabad take 224 run lead over Goa
Hyderabad gained a 224-run first innings lead over Goa in their Ranji Trophy match even as B Sandeep slammed 108 (4×11) to become the second centurion for his team on Saturday.
The Hyderabad side were dismissed at 388 at the VCA civil lines ground. Hyderabad resumed the third day on 188 for four wickets. They lost centurion Akshay Reddy (128) early in the day as play resumed half an hour late following overnight rains.
Sandeep was ably supported by Mehadi Hasan, who made 62, hitting 10 boundaries and six, on a decent batting track.
Goa spinner Amit Yadav (3/73) showed some penetration but could not restrict the Hyderabad batsmen. Goa, who scored 164 in their first innings, were five without loss as rain stopped play for the day.
Brief Scores: Goa: 164 all out and 5/0 trail Hyderabad 388 all out off 130 overs (Akshay Reddy 128, B Sandeep 108; Amit Yadav 3/73, R R Singh 2/55.
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