HP earns three points against Kerala

Nadaun (Himachal Pradesh): Having taken a massive 307-run first innings lead over Kerala, Himachal Pradesh today gained three points in a drawn Group C Ranji Trophy tie on the fourth and the final day here.

After dismissing Kerala for 229 in the first innings, Himachal piled up a huge 536 for six declared and then reduced the visiting team to 256 for six in their second innings at the draw of stumps today.

In a match that ended in a dull draw today, Rohan Prem turned out to be the saving grace as he scored an unbeaten 104 off 221 with the help of three boundaries and a six.

Resuming at 28 for three, overnight batsman VA Jagadeesh, who was unbeaten on six yesterday, went on to score 36, while first innings centurion, Sanju Samson (30) also chipped in with some runs.

It was Rohan, who held on to his wicket at one end even as other batsmen kept falling at regular interval.

Rohan, however, could find an able partner in Robert Fernandez (31) and the duo added 99 runs together for the sixth wicket to help their team from getting all out once again in this match.

For Himachal Pradesh, Mohinderraj Sharma became the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 45.

Brief scores:

Kerala: 229 & 256 for six (Rohan Prem not out 104, VA Jagadeesh 36; Mohinderraj Sharma 3/45).

Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 536 for six decl.