A well-paced hundred by Vishnu Vinod and a hostile spell of tempo bowling from Basil Thampi put Kerala in a superb place to pressure a win in its Ranji Trophy Group A match towards Gujarat on February 26.
Gujarat ended the third day at 128 for 5— a lead of 77— on the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium. An unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 44 between debutant Umang Kumar and Karan Patel has nearly managed to maintain the previous champion within the sport.
Thampi could have taken solely two wickets, however his fiery spell broke the again of the Gujarat top-order and lifted the spirit of the fielding facet. He bowled with tempo, received the ball to swing menacingly into the batters and didn’t enable them to breathe simple. It was very good bowling.
Gujarat, after conceding a lead of 51, had begun its second innings confidently although, with openers Saurav Chauhan and Kathan Patel placing on 43 inside 10 overs. But Saurav went unwisely for a sweep towards off-spinner Jalaj Saxena and was bowled.
In the subsequent over, Thampi had Kathan lbw that with a ball that got here sharply in. Then within the final over earlier than tea, M.D. Nidheesh, the seamer who took 5 wickets within the first innings, eliminated Gujarat’s captain Bhargav Merai, who too fell lbw.
Gujarat suffered a blow within the first over after tea too, as Manprit Juneja was trapped in entrance by Thampi with a ball that travelled fairly a way in. If the batting facet had been hoping that wicketkeeper Het Patel, who had hit 185 within the first innings, would bail it out a second time, it was in for a disappointment. Left-arm spinner Sijomon Joseph had him caught at slip to cut back Gujarat to 84 for 5.
Earlier, Vishnu was in glowing type as he made his second First-Class hundred (113, 143b, 15×4, 1×6). He was expectedly aggressive, sure, however he batted sensibly too, figuring out nicely that Kerala, who resumed at 277 for 4, trusted him to take the vital first-innings lead. Left-arm spinner Sidhharth Desai took 5 for 132 from 39 overs.
Gujarat- 1st Innings: 388
Kerala- 1st Innings:
P. Rahul st sub (Priyesh) b Desai 44, Rohan Kunnummal c sub (Hingrajia) bt Kalaria 129, Jalaj Saxena c Merai b Desai 4, Sachin Baby b Nagwaswalla 53, Vathsal Govind c Karan b Kalaria 25, Vishnu Vinod lbw b Desai 113, Salman Nizar c Saurav b Desai 6, Sijomon Joseph lbw b Desai 4, Basil Thampi c sub (Hingrajia) b Nagwaswalla 15, Edhen Apple Tom c Karan b Nagwaswalla 16, M.D. Nidheesh (not out) 9; Extras (b-14, lb-3, nb-3, w-1) 21; Total (in 107.3 overs): 439
Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-101, 3-220, 4-249, 5-347, 6-364, 7-372, 8-393, 9-423
Kalaria 15-4-52-2, Gaja 20-0-95-0, Nagwaswalla 22.3-2-102-3, Desai 39-3-132-5, Karan 9-1-37-0, Kathan 3-1-4-0
Gujarat- 2nd Innings: Saurav Chauhan lbw b Jalaj 19, Kathan Patel lbw b Thampi 20, Bhargav Merai lbw b Nidheesh 11, Manpri Juneja lbw b Thampi 6, Het Patel c Rahul b Sijomon 6, Umang Kumar (batting) 25, Karan Patel (batting) 28; Extras (b-4, lb-8, w-1) 13; Total (for 5 wkts. in 39 overs): 128
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-45, 3-59, 4-65, 5-84
Kerala bowling: Nidheesh 10-1-31-1, Thampi 11-3-29-2, Jalaj 6-0-26-1, Edhen 4-0-20-0, Sijomon 8-2-10-1