Jharkhand make Nagaland toil after 591-run lead


Chetan Bist’s seventh first-class century the lone vivid spark for Nagaland

Jharkhand 880 and 132 for two (Utkarsh 50*, Siddiqui 42, Jonathan 1-29) lead Nagaland 289 (Bist 122*, Mundhe 39, Nadeem 3-70) by 723 runs

Wicketkeeper-batter Chetan Bist‘s unbeaten century turned out to be the one optimistic for Nagaland on one other day of uninspiring cricket on a flat Eden Gardens pitch. Bist’s 122 took his aspect to 289, which was nonetheless a monumental 591 behind Jharkhand’s 880.

Regardless of that large a lead, Jharkhand surprisingly opted to bat once more through the second session of the fourth day’s play, ultimately ending 723 forward at stumps with eight wickets remaining. Nazim Siddiqui dominated a gap stand of 63, hitting 42 of them. His accomplice Utkarsh Singh ended on 50*.

Siddiqui’s intent of getting fast runs was clear from the second over itself, as he discovered the boundary thrice off Chopise Hopongkyu: a pull off a brief ball was adopted by a mild push to beat the purpose fielder, whereas a crunching drive between mid-off and canopy completed the over. He ultimately fell leg earlier than wicket to Raja Swarnkar, earlier than the Nagaland captain Rongsen Jonathan had Kumar Suraj caught for 31.

Earlier, Bist waged a lone battle for Nagaland. Having began the day on 46, he reached his half-century within the sixth over of the day. Bist had stands of 24, 25, 45 and 35 for the final 4 wickets, sufficient for him to succeed in his seventh first-class hundred. He used the sweep shot to good impact towards left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, as he discovered boundaries as nicely saved the scoreboard ticking.

Bist additionally rode his luck on his option to the century. When on 85, his sweep off Nadeem landed between effective leg working ahead and sq. leg working again. Then on 88, a top-edged pull simply eluded effective leg.

Jharkhand are all however by way of to the quarter-finals of this season’s Ranji Trophy, having already taken a first-innings lead.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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