Ranji Trophy: Sachin, Vishnu give Kerala hope

Ranji Trophy: Sachin, Vishnu give Kerala hope
Kerala's Vishnu Vinod celebrates after a ton during the Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: Special Arrangement
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Thiruvanathapuram: Captain Sachin Baby and Vishnu Vinod scored superb hundreds under pressure to lead Kerala's fightback on the third and penulatimate day of their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Madhya Pradesh here on Friday.

Kerala, who were struggling to avoid an innings defeat at the start of the day, were ahead by 125 with two wickets in hand at close of play.

The hosts, who resumed their second innings on 38/4, soon slumped to 100/6. V A jagadeesh fell for 26, while Sanju Samson was run out after making 19. Sachin (143) and Vishnu (155 batting) added 199 runs for the seventh wicket in 45.5 overs. The left-right combination defied the Madhya Pradesh bowlers and scored runs at a fair clip.

Ranji Trophy: Sachin, Vishnu give Kerala hope
Kerala skipper Sachin Baby (R) and Vishnu Vinod during the Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh. Photo: Special Arrangement

Sachin brought up his fifth hundred in first class cricket before being removed by Saransh Jain. The southpaw hit 14 fours and three sixes in his 211-ball knock. Though next man Akshay K C fell for one, Vishnu continued the fight in the company of Basil Thampi (30 batting).

The 24-year-old Vishnu, who brought up his maiden ton in first class cricket, has so far hit 18 boundaries and a six in his 226-ball effort. The two have added 70 runs for the unbroken ninth wicket stand.

Kerala will be aiming to set Madhya Pradesh at least a target of 150 on the final day.

Brief scores: Kerala 63 and 390/8 in 102 overs (Vishnu Vinod 155 batting, Sachin Baby 143; Kuldeep Sen 3/63) vs Madhya Pradesh 328.

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