Ranji: Services reach 103-4 vs Kerala on Day 1
New Delhi: The Services reached 103/4 at close against Kerala on the first day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match at the Karnail Singh Stadium here on Wednesday.
On the first day, the play just lasted 42 overs and opener Anshul Gupta is remaining unbeaten on 52 off 128 balls (4x8).
Winning the toss, Kerala sent Services to bat. Right arm medium pacer Athif Bin Ashraf gave the batting side a double shocker in his consecutive overs dismissing opener Nakul Verma (1) and No.3 Ravi Chauhan (0).
Two overs later, he struck again bagging the wicket of Amit Pachhara (2) wicket and Services slipped to 22-3 in the 12th over.
As the score reached 43, Basil Thampi rattled the stumps of Irfan Khan (15) and S U Yadav joined Anshul Gupta in the middle.
He played a patient hand hitting 23 off 80 balls. Both steadied the innings and ended the day without further loss.
Athif Bin Ashraf claimed 3-35 in his 10 overs.
Kerala need a comprehensive victory to keep their quarterfinal chances alive.