Ranji Trophy: Unstoppable Kishan slams 132; Arjun Tendulkar bags two | Cricket News

RANCCHI: Ichan Kishan continued his imperious run as he struck a second century in as many matches to script Jharkhand’s fight against Kerala in their Ranji Trophy Group C game on Thursday.
Less than a week after reaching ODI’s fastest double century against Bangladesh, Kishan was a picture of grit and determination in a 132 (9×4) from 195 balls as he led Jharkhand’s recovery from 114/4 at 340.
Backing him up was Saurabh Tiwary who missed out on a well deserved century by just three points after being cleared by Jalaj Saxena.
The duo put up 202 runs for the fifth wicket to revive Jharkhand after Basil Thampi (3/55) and Vaisakh Chandran (2/81) shook up the first order to wobble them at 56/3.
For Kerala, Jalaj Saxena scored a splendid 5/75. At the close, Kerala were 60/1 with an aggregate lead of 195 points as the match was evenly matched at the JSCA International Stadium here.
Resuming the day on 87 for three, Jharkhand lost skipper Virat Singh (30) with just 27 more points. But Kishan and Tiwary thwarted Saxena and Thampi’s attack to pass the first two sessions.
But Saxena sparked the collapse by dismissing Tiwary and Kishan from successive overs en route to his five-wicket run as Jharkhand folded their first innings in 105.3 overs.
Arjun pockets two
A day after scoring a century in his first premier class match to emulate his legendary father, left-arm designer Arjun Tendulkar caught 2/77 in Goa’s third day game against Rajasthan.
Arjun dismissed Mahipal Lomror (63) and Salman Khan (40) well placed in his four overs. Mohit Redkar came back with 3/46 as Rajasthan finished the day at 245/6, trailing Goa by 302 points.
Goa earlier declared their first set at 547 for 9.
Short scores:
In Ranchi: Kerala 475 and 60/1; 15 overs (Rohan Prem 25 at bat, Shoun Roger 28 at bat). Jharkhand 340; 105.3 overs (Ishan Kishan 132, Saurabh Tiwary 97; Jalaj Saxena 5/75, Basil Thampi 3/55). Kerala needs 195 runs. Match to continue.
In Bengaluru: Karnataka 304 and 90 unbeaten (Ravikumar Samarth 40 batting, Mayank Agarwal 47 batting). Serves 261 in 83.2 overs (Rajat Paliwal 124, Ravi Chauhan 56; Vidwath Kaverappa 4/64, Ronit More 3/54). Karnataka leads by 133 points. Match to continue.
In Pondicherry: Chhattisgarh 162 and 184 b Pondicherry 37 and 177; 65.3 overs (Arun Karthik 55 not out, Neyan Shyam Kangayan 49; Ajay Mandal 6/56, Shubham Agarwal 2/48, Sumit Ruikar 2/51) by 132 runs. Points: Chandigarh 6, Pondicherry 0.
At Porvorim: Goa 547/9 declared. Rajasthan 245/6; 71 overs (Yash Kothari 96, Mahipal Lomror 63, Salman Khan 40; Mohit Redkar 3/46, Arjun Tendulkar 2/77). Rajasthan trail by 302 tracks. Match to continue.


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