Ranji Trophy: Shreyas Iyer shines, Karun Nair returns to form with ton
Shreyas Iyer scored a quickfire unbeaten half-century for Mumbai while Karun Nair returned to form with a patient hundred to put Karnataka on top on Day 3 of their Ranji Trophy encounter against Hyderabad.cricket Updated: Oct 26, 2017 21:43 IST
Shreyas Iyer, who was picked for the Indian T20I team for the New Zealand series, scored a quickfire unbeaten half-century as his team Mumbai looked for a miracle against Tamil Nadu in their Ranji Trophy encounter in Mumbai on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu had taken an important 76-run first-innings lead over Mumbai, almost guaranteeing themselves three points despite the hosts wiping off the lead by the end of third day’s play.
Mumbai, who ended the day at 85 for one, are just nine runs ahead and will have to produce a miraculous win if they are to avoid losing points.
Nair strikes ton
In Shimoga, Karun Nair returned to form with a patient hundred as Karnataka set a stiff target of 380 for Hyderabad on the third day. Courtesy Nair’s 134 off 229 balls with 17 boundaries, Karnataka scored 332 in their second innings ending with an overall lead of 379 runs.
At stumps, Hyderabad were 92 for 2 with Tanmay Agarwal batting on 43. They need another 288 runs on the final day while Karnataka need to take eight wickets.
The day belonged to Nair, who scored his 11th first-class hundred. The century came after a prolonged bad patch that saw him get dropped from the India team.
Chawla shines with nine
Meanwhile, it was a day of success for imports. Former India legspinner Piyush Chawla, who has switched over to Gujarat, picked nine wickets to lead his team to an innings and 64-run win over Jammu and Kashmir in Surat. Chawla, who picked five wickets for 92 runs in the first innings scalped four for 38 in the second as J&K folded for 130 the second time.
In Thiruvananthapuram, former Madhya Pradesh and India A allrounder Jalaj Saxena led Kerala to 217/2 with an unbeaten 102 against Rajasthan. Kerala now lead by 309 runs after having taken a 92-run lead in the first innings.
In Ranchi, Shahbaz Nadeem hit a half-century and snapped two crucial wickets as Jharkhand posted 425/9d in their first innings and then reduced Haryana to 141-4 to take the driver’s seat.
Shahbaz cracked a 150-ball 70 and then dismissed S G Rohilla and C K Bishnoi -- both had scored fifties in the first innings -- cheaply to consolidate Jharkhand’s position in the match.
Resuming at Jharkhand’s overnight score of 311/6, Shahbaz (70) added another 30 runs with centurion Ishank Jaggi (135) before the latter was dismissed by Deepak Punia in the 102nd over.