Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Jalaj Saxena hundred sets up Kerala for lead over Andhra

An unbeaten 127 from the opener Jalaj Saxena has given Kerala a great shot at taking at least three points off Andhra in Trivandrum, with the hosts ending day two on 227/1 in reply to the opposition’s 254 in round two of their Elite Group B match of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy.

After Basil Thampi and Sandeep Warrier took the last two wickets to bowl out Andhra from an overnight 225/8, Kerala were given fine a good start through Saxena and KB Arun Karthik. The pair put on 139 in 37.3 overs before Karthik was lbw to Shoaib Mohammed Khan, from where Kerala were taken to stumps without further loss. Saxena’s century was the 13th of his first-class career. With him was Rohan Prem on 34.

Kerala are currently at third spot on the Elite Group B points table of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, behind Andhra.