Ishan Kishan extended his dominant run by smashing a second century in as many matches to script Jharkhand’s fight back against Kerala in their Ranji Trophy Group C match that took place in Ranchi on Thursday. The match was part of the tournament for which Jharkhand is competing against Kerala.
Kishan led Jharkhand’s comeback from being 114/4 to 340 all out in less than a week after he blasted away to the quickest ODI double century against Bangladesh. In his 195-ball 132 (9×4), he was the embodiment of tenacity and drive as he led Jharkhand’s recovery from being 114/4 to 340 all out.
Saurabh Tiwary, who was providing him with support despite falling short of a well-deserved century by only three runs after being cleaned up by Jalaj Saxena, was there to back him up.
After Basil Thampi (3/55) and Vaisakh Chandran (2/81) rocked the top-order to have Jharkhand reeling at 56/3, the duo put on 202 runs for the fifth wicket to rescue Jharkhand.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena bagged a magnificent 5/75. As play came to a close at the JSCA International Stadium, where the match was being held, Kerala had reached the score of 60/1 and held an overall lead of 195 runs.
After starting the day on 87 for three, Jharkhand lost their skipper Virat Singh (30) with only 27 runs being added to their total. However, Kishan and Tiwary were successful in fending off the attack from Saxena and Thampi throughout the first two sessions of the match.
Jharkhand’s first innings came to an end in 105.3 overs as Saxena started the collapse by taking the wickets of Tiwary and Kishan in consecutive overs on his way to a five-wicket haul, which caused Jharkhand to lose their first innings.
Left-arm seamer Arjun Tendulkar got 2/77 on day three of Goa’s match against Rajasthan. This came a day after the younger Tendulkar scored a century in his first-ever first-class match to imitate his renowned father. Goa is currently competing against Rajasthan.
In his four overs, Arjun was successful in getting Mahipal Lomror (63) and Salman Khan (40) out of the game. Mohit Redkar came back with three wickets for forty-six, and Rajasthan finished the day with 245 runs for six, behind Goa by 302 runs.
Goa announced the end of their first innings earlier when they were 547 for 9.