RESULT
Preliminary quarter final, Kolkata, March 12 - 16, 2022, Ranji Trophy
880 & 417/6

Match drawn (Jharkhand won on 1st innings)

Player Of The Match
266 & 89
kumar-kushagra
Report

Jharkhand in the driver's seat after Kumar Kushagra and Virat Singh hit centuries

Nagaland are staring up the barrel already, having conceded over 400 runs on the first day

Himanshu Agrawal
12-Mar-2022
Virat Singh scored his fourth first-class century, Jharkhand vs Delhi, Ranji Trophy 2021-22, Guwahati, February 24, 2022

Virat Singh scored his second century of the Ranji season  •  PTI

Jharkhand 402 for 5 (Kushagra 112*, Virat 107, Suraj 66, Mundhe 1-30) vs Nagaland
Quick centuries from middle-order batters Kumar Kushagra and Virat Singh helped Jharkhand score 402 for the loss of five wickets on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy pre-quarter-final against Nagaland at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The two added 175 for the fifth wicket in less than 36 overs, both finding the boundary almost at will - 17-year-old Kushagra hit 16 fours and a six, and Virat hit 13 fours.
While wicketkeeper-batter Kushagra got to his landmark off just 105 balls, Virat reached his second century of the season, after getting 103 in a tight win against Delhi, from 141 deliveries, as Nagaland lost the grip after four wickets halfway into the day. And despite left-arm spinner Imliwati Lemtur breaking the stand with the end of the day approaching, Kushagra, who ended unbeaten on 112, and No. 7 Anukul Roy took Jharkhand past 400 in only 87 overs of play.
Both Kushagra and Virat, who fell for 107, rode their luck during the aggressive stand. With Virat on 78, his attempted loft over the covers in the 66th over landed just wide of a fielder's outstretched hands. And two overs later, when Kushagra was on 44, he was dropped by the midwicket fielder, who only had to move slightly to his left to reach the ball. This, after he was also put down on 10.
Earlier, all of Jharkhand's top six got off to starts but Kumar Suraj's 66 was the best effort. Like Kushagra and Virat after him, Suraj was positive at the crease, hitting 11 fours and a six in his innings of 91 balls. But the base was set by the openers Nazim Siddiqui and Utkarsh Singh, who started with 60 in the first 14 overs before right-arm quick Chopise Hopongkyu broke through.
Nagaland tried seven bowlers on the day, five of whom got a wicket each, while as many conceded at least four runs an over to the opposition batters.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Ranji Trophy
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MP3201142.147
KER3201141.648
GUJ312071.105
MEGHA303000.234
Elite, Group B
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BENG3300181.308
HYD3210121.197
BRODA302130.939
CHGRH302110.694
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KNTKA3201161.681
RLYS3102101.324
J + K312060.782
PONDI302110.548
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MUM3201161.893
SAU3201141.441
ODISA302130.453
GOA302110.791
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UKHND3210121.398
AP311191.183
SVCS311180.872
RAJ312060.723
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PNJB3201161.466
HRYNA311191.102
HP311181.006
TPURA302110.581
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UP3201130.953
VIDAR3102122.116
MAHA311180.898
ASSAM303000.645
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JKAND3210120.958
CGARH3102100.906
TN301261.035
DELHI301221.069
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NAGA3300192.304
MNPR3111101.062
SIKM311191.227
ARPR312060.571
BIHAR301241.249
MIZOR301220.466