Batting collapse costs Kerala vital first innings lead
Cuttack: Kerala’s hope of booking an elite berth suffered a blow as the batsmen failed to deliver on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C campaign against Tripura.
After taking a crucial 20-run first innings lead, Tripura ended the day at 17-0 at Barabati Stadium here on Wednesday.
Resuming the day at 11-0, Kerala lost the wicket of Bhavin Thakkar (7) on the third ball of the day. In the next over, Tripura dealt another blow sending back in-from Rohan Prem for 0. Mohammed Azharuddeen and Jalaj Saxena resisted for a while notching up a 50-run partnership for the third wicket.
After Saxena (18) returned to pavilion in 17th over, Sachin Baby joined Azharuddeen in the middle. At 73, S S Majumder trapped Azharuddeen who made 40 off 58 balls (4x7) in front of the wicket.
Sachin (29) and Salman Nizar (25) added 54 runs or the next wicket. However, Kerala suffered a batting collapse losing four wickets in a space of 19 runs and slumped to 146-8.
Though Akshay Chandran (36 not out) tried to hold one end up, wickets fell around him and Kerala were bowled out for 193, conceding a first innings deficit of 20 runs.
For Tripura, S S Majumder and M B Mura Singh shared four wickets apiece while Rana Datta and A A Dey chipped in claiming one scalp each.
When stumps were drawn, Tripura reached 17-0 with B B Ghosh (4) and U U Bose (13) at the crease.