Kerala takes first innings lead, rain interrupts play

Perinthalmanna: Aided by opener VA Jagdeesh’s unbeaten 98 and his unbroken 159-runs second wicket partnership enabled Kerala to score 184 for 1, in their first innings, in reply to Jammu and Kashmir’s 173, before rain interrupted and the play on the second day was called off, in the Ranji trophy plate league match, here.

Robert Fernandes (65 not out), captaining Kerala in the absence of regular skipper Raiphy vincent Gomes, who was rested due to an injury, gave ample support to Jagdeesh, to put the team in a comfortable position.

Jagadeesh, during his 147 ball knock had struck 15 boundaries and a huge six over mid-on off left-arm spinner Khajuria, while Fernandes had struck 8 well executed hits to the ropes, facing 151 balls.

Resuming at their overnight score of 19 for no loss, Kerala were in for a shock, when they lost opener A M Hegde, after adding five runs to his overnight score of 11. Hegde was caught by Ian Dev off medium pacer Abid Nabi.

Fernandes, joined Jagadeesh, and the duo played slowly and steadily, and did not encounter much of a problem in negotiating the JK bowlers. The side had taken 11 runs first innings lead losing just a wicket, and are sitting in a strong position. When it seemed that the hosts will go on to make a huge score, rain played the spoilsport.

At lunch Kerala were 137/1 in 39 overs.

Brief scores: JK (1st Innings) 173, Kerala (1st Innings) 184 for 1
(VA Jagadeesh 98 not out, Robert Fernandez not out 65, A Nabi 1/53).