Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the second day of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C fixture between Hyderabad and Kerala at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. Kerala finished on a score of 186 for 5 at the end of Day 1, riding on an unbeaten century by Rohan Prem (106 not out off 245 balls). Vasudevan Jagadeesh was the other major contributor to the score, scoring a sedate 42 off 160 balls. Prem, who struck 13 fours and two sixes during his innings, forged a 91-run second-wicket stand with Jagadeesh to put the visitors in a position of power, before quick dismissal to the credit of Akash Bhandari (2 for 40) and Vishal Sharma (2 for 62) brought Hyderabad back in control. READ: Read all Ranji Trophy 2015-16 team previews here

Prem’s wicket will be crucial for the hosts on the second day in order to restrict Kerala to a modest total, and boost their chances of gaining a major first-innings lead. Kerala and Hyderabad are placed fourth and sixth respectively in Group C. While Hyderabad received a solitary point after conceding a first innings lead in their draw aganist Goa. It was the other way round for Kerala, who gained three points against Jammu and Kashmir.

Live cricket scores Hyderabad 40/1 | Overs 19 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 17(44), GH Vihari 13(52):
Reddy and Vihary have struck a rapport with each other. They need to take their partnership in excess of 100 runs at least if they want to get any close to 401 which was the first innings total of Kerala.

Live cricket scores Hyderabad 17/1 | Overs 7.4 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 10(23), GH Vihari 1(6):
Hyderabad lost opener Tanmay Agarwal for six runs. They have hard task ahead. Akshat Reddy and GH Vihari are batting on 10 and 1 respectively.

Live cricket scores Kerala 401 | Overs 160 | Batting: Fabid Ahmed 37(66):
Kerala with the help of Rohan Prem’s double century have made 401 in their first innings. It is a very challenging total and Hyderabad will have to bat very well to reach it.

OUT! Rohan Prem c Sandeep b Bhandari 208(452), Nidheesh MD c Vihari b Bhandari 1(4), Warrier lbw Bhandari 0(1)

Live cricket scores Kerala 334/7 | Overs 141 | Batting: Rohan Prem 183(404), Fabid Ahmed 0(1): Kerala are en route to make a score in excess of 350. They have lost their seventh wicket— Kareparambil who made 37 with the help of two boundaries and two sixes. Rohan Prem is nearing his double century.

OUT! Monish Kareparambil c Akshat Reddy b Mehdi Hasan 37(80)

Live cricket scores Kerala 299/6 | Overs 122.2 | Batting: Rohan Prem 158(340), Monish Kerampabil 26(31) : Rohan Prem is batting brilliantly on 158, he has hit 18 boundaries and three gigantic sixes in his knock so far.

Live cricket scores Kerala 240/6 | Overs 110 | Batting: Rohan Prem 129(299), Monish Kerampabil 10(20) :  Finally, Hyderabad succeed in breaking the partnership, Vincent Gomez gets out after scoring a well fought 41.

OUT! Vincent Gomez c Sumanth Kolla b Mehdi Hasan 41(95)

Live cricket scores Kerala 224/5 | Overs 105 | Batting: Rohan Prem 126(289), Vincent Gomez 29(76):
Kerala have started well this morning, they have added 39 runs till now in the last 13 overs without loss of any wicket. If Rohan Prem continues to bat the way he is at this moment, he may well score a 200 in the next few hours but for that he needs to have a good temperament and play sensibly with lots of concentration.

Teams:

Hyderabad: G H Vihari (C), Sudeep Tyagi, Akash Bhandari, C V Milind, Mehdi Hasan, Akshath Reddy, Tanmay Agarwal, B Sandeep, Sumanth Kolla (W), B Anirudh, Vishal Sharma.

Kerala: Sanju Samson (C) (W), V A Jagadeesh, Fabid Ahmed, Raiphi Vincent Gomez, Rohan Prem, Sachin Baby, Warrier, Akshay Kodoth, Nidheesh M D, Nikhilesh Surendran, Monish Kareparambil.

Brief scores:

Kerala 186 for 5 (Vasudevan Jagadeesh 42, Rohan Prem 106*; Akash Bhandari 2 for 40, Vishal Sharma 2 for 62) vs Hyderabad.