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
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Jharkhand make Nagaland toil after 591-run lead

Chetan Bist's seventh first-class century the lone bright spark for Nagaland

Himanshu Agrawal
15-Mar-2022
Shahbaz Nadeem picked up ten wickets in the match, Delhi vs Jharkhand, 4th day, Ranji Trophy 2021-22, Guwahati, February 27, 2022

Shahbaz Nadeem picked up three wickets in the first innings  •  PTI

Jharkhand 880 and 132 for 2 (Utkarsh 50*, Siddiqui 42, Jonathan 1-29) lead Nagaland 289 (Bist 122*, Mundhe 39, Nadeem 3-70) by 723 runs
Wicketkeeper-batter Chetan Bist's unbeaten century turned out to be the only positive for Nagaland on another day of uninspiring cricket on a flat Eden Gardens pitch. Bist's 122 took his side to 289, which was still a monumental 591 behind Jharkhand's 880.
Despite that big a lead, Jharkhand surprisingly opted to bat again during the second session of the fourth day's play, eventually finishing 723 ahead at stumps with eight wickets remaining. Nazim Siddiqui dominated an opening stand of 63, hitting 42 of them. His partner Utkarsh Singh ended on 50*.
Siddiqui's intent of getting quick runs was clear from the second over itself, as he found the boundary thrice off Chopise Hopongkyu: a pull off a short ball was followed by a gentle push to beat the point fielder, while a crunching drive between mid-off and cover finished the over. He eventually fell leg before wicket to Raja Swarnkar, before the Nagaland captain Rongsen Jonathan had Kumar Suraj caught for 31.
Earlier, Bist waged a lone battle for Nagaland. Having started the day on 46, he reached his half-century in the sixth over of the day. Bist had stands of 24, 25, 45 and 35 for the last four wickets, enough for him to reach his seventh first-class hundred. He used the sweep shot to good effect against left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, as he found boundaries as well kept the scoreboard ticking.
Bist also rode his luck on his way to the century. When on 85, his sweep off Nadeem landed between fine leg running forward and square leg running back. Then on 88, a top-edged pull just eluded fine leg.
Jharkhand are all but through to the quarter-finals of this season's Ranji Trophy, having already taken a first-innings lead.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Ranji Trophy
Elite, Group A
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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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MNPR3111101.062
SIKM311191.227
ARPR312060.571
BIHAR301241.249
MIZOR301220.466