Ranji round-up, Plate Group, 5th round, 1st day December 23, 2004

Nair puts Kerala in command

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Jammu & Kashmir 23 for 1 trail Kerala 319 (Nair 132, Kumar 52, Nabi 4-83) by 296 runs

Sreekumar Nair's stroke-filled 132 helped Kerala out of a difficult situation and gave them control of the game against Jammu & Kashmir at Palakkad. At the day's end, J&K were 23 for 1, still 296 behind Kerala's 319. Nair came in when the score was 20 for 2, and proceeded to play largely a lone hand as batsmen came and went frequently. At one point Kerala were 142 for 7, but Suresh Kumar assisted Nair with a quick 52. They added 101, then Nair and Sony Cheruvathur put on 62 for the ninth wicket. Nair faced 200 balls for his 132 and hit 22 fours, while Abid Nabi was the most succesful bowler for J&K, taking 4 for 83 off 18.1 overs.

Jharkhand 4 for 0 trail Himachal Pradesh 275 (Bisla 135, Panda 4-55) by 271 runs

Maninder Bisla turned the heat on Jharkhand with 135 at Jamshedpur. But the bowlers did well to dismiss the others for low scores, and limit Himachal Pradesh to 275. Sumit Panda ended with 4 for 55, and caught Bisla off his own bowling. Bisla struck 13 fours and two sixes, and scored his runs off only 160 balls. He made 99 more than the next-highest scorer, Ashok Thakur, who remained unbeaten on 36. Jharkhand finished the day at 4 for no loss.

Goa 192 for 4 (Asnodkar 87*) v Tripura

The action at Agartala bordered on inaction. Goa played out 89.4 overs to reach 192 for 4, with neither the batsmen nor Tripura's bowlers able to make much headway. However, Shami Asnodkar remained unbeaten on 87, off 251 balls, and the effort took him over six hours. The most successful bowler for Tripura was Sujit Roy, who ended with 3 for 51.

Rajasthan 269 for 8 (Khoda 74) v Haryana

Rajasthan recovered from a poor start to reach a respectable total by the close at Udaipur. Their total of 269 for 8 was built on efforts by Gagan Khoda, Nikhil Doru and Naresh Gehlot. Khoda faced 214 balls for his 74, while Doru and Gehlot both made 47. Having got through the middle order, Haryana came up against more resistance in the form of Rohit Jhalani at No. 8, who remained unbeaten on 30.

Vidarbha 85 for 3 v Services

Fazil Mohammad rocked Vidarbha early in the day at New Delhi to have them reeling at 12 for 2, but Services could not press on from there. When play ended, after only 40.1 overs, Vidarbha had recovered to 85 for 3, chiefly due to a 64-run stand between Pravin Londase (41) and Alind Naidu (29 not out).