Ranchi ∙ Young star Ishan Kishan had another brilliant innings for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy after showing his mettle with a stunning double century in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh yesterday. Jharkhand scored 340 runs in the first innings thanks to Ishan Kishan’s brilliant century in the Ranji Trophy match against Kerala. With this, Kerala, who scored 475 runs in the first innings, got a crucial first innings lead of 135 runs.
After dismissing Jharkhand, Kerala started the second innings by retiring on the third day at 60 runs for the loss of one wicket in 15 overs. Kerala now have a total lead of 195 runs. Opener Rohan Prem with 25 runs off 44 balls with two fours and Shaun Roger with 28 runs off 33 balls with five fours are at the top. The duo have already added 48 runs off 68 balls for the unbroken second wicket. Opener Rohan Kunnummal got out with six runs off 13 balls. Shahbaz Nadeem got the wicket.
Earlier, Ishan Kishan scored 132 runs off 195 balls with nine fours and eight sixes. Apart from Ishan Kishan, veteran player Saurabh Tiwari also shone with an innings that was on the verge of a century. Tiwary got out after scoring 97 runs off 229 balls with eight fours. Ishan Kishan and Saurabh Tiwari combined for a double century in the fifth wicket to rescue Jharkhand. The two faced 369 balls adding 202 runs. Jalaj Saxena dismissed both and took five wickets.
Captain Virat Singh (30 off 70 balls), Kumar Kushagra (7 off 12 balls), Shahbaz Nadeem (4 off 10 balls), Rahul Shukla (one off two balls) and Ashish Kumar (one off three balls) are the other Jharkhand players dismissed on the third day. Manishi remained unbeaten with two runs off seven balls. Opener Utkarsh Singh (24 off 42 balls), Mohammad Nasim (three off seven balls) and Kumar Suraj (28 off 58 balls) were out on the second day.
Jalaj Saxena took five wickets conceding 75 runs in 37.3 overs for Kerala. Basil Thampi conceded 55 runs in 12 overs and took three wickets in support of Saxena. Vaishakh Chandran conceded 81 runs in 27 overs and took two wickets.
∙ Akshay and Sijomon shone on the second day
Earlier, Akshay Chandran, who scored his second century in first-class cricket and his personal highest score, and vice-captain Sjomon Joseph, who shone with a half-century, gave Kerala the best score on the second day. Against Kerala, who were bowled out for 475 runs in 146.4 overs in the first innings, Jharkhand were 87 runs for the loss of three wickets in 33 overs when play was suspended on the second day.
Akshay, who found his personal top score in a top-class career, was dismissed with 150 runs. Akshay’s innings included 13 fours and a six off 268 balls. Vice-captain Sijomon Joseph gave solid support to Akshay by scoring 83 runs off 153 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. Apart from them, Basil Thambi (nine off 12 balls) and Vaishakh Chandran (10 off 34 balls) were dismissed on the second day. Fazil Fanoos remained unbeaten with six runs off 13 balls.
Akshay Chandran and Sijomon rescued Kerala, who lost six wickets in 222 runs, and ended with a century partnership in the seventh wicket. The two faced 296 balls adding 171 runs!
Although Shahbaz Nadeem dismissed Sijomon and then Basil Thampi while the score was 393, Akshay Chandran completed a 42-run partnership with Vysakh Chandran for the ninth wicket to bring Kerala to a good score. Akshay Chandran also managed to add 26 runs off 48 balls with Fazil Fanoos for the 10th wicket.
Shahbaz Nadeem took five wickets for Jharkhand. Nadeem took five wickets conceding 167 runs in 45 overs. Utkarsh Singh and Manishi took two wickets each. Kerala star Jalaj Saxena was run out.
English Summary: Jharkhand vs Kerala, Elite Group C – Live Cricket Score