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Kerala secure first innings lead, Sunny Gupta picks 6 wickets

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 7 (UNI) Kerala's first innings lead against Jharkhand places hosts in a commanding position over visitors on the second day of the four-day Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.

Kerala were at 250 for 8 at stumps leading by 48 runs.

Resuming at an overnight score of 200 for 9, Jharkhand failed to put up any resistance aided Kerala to wrap up visitors first innings for 202.

Kerala, after a poor start have managed to get past Jharkhand's first innings total.

Jharkhand attained an early breakthrough as Sunny Gupta strikes before Kerala batting squad settle in. After dismissing the openers, he has also accounted for the wickets of Rohan Prem and Sanju Samson to put the Kerala side in defence at 77 for four.

Kerala storm back as the middle order rises to the occasion. Following up on Mohammed Azharuddeen's half century (51), Jalaj Saxena and Akshay Chandran take Kerala past Jharkhand's first innings score.

Jalaj Saxena came up with a sublime all-round performance, picking six wickets and remains unbeaten at 47 with Nidheesh (7) when the stumps were drawn.

Brief Scores: First Innings
Jharkhand 202 (Ishan Kishan 45)
Wickets : Jalaj Saxena 6-50
Kerala 250/8 in 86 overs (Mohammed Azharuddeen 51, Jalaj Saxena 47 (Not Out)
Wickets : Sunny Gupta 6-94
UNI SS PS 2215
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