Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 3 of the Group C game of 2015-16 Ranji Trophy between Hyderabad and Kerala from Hyderabad (India). After a slow day dominated by the tight left-arm spin of Mehdi Hassan and off-spin of Vishal Sharma, the Kerala batsmen finally opened up: after scoring at 2.02 on Day One, Kerala, led by Rohan Prem, scored at 3.15 on Day Two. Sanju Samson gave left-arm spinner KS Monish the new ball, and Monish trapped Tanmay Agarwal soon after the Hyderabad innings started. However, Akshath Reddy (17) and Hanuma Vihari (13) remained there till stumps. Hyderabad finished Day Two on 40 for 1, still 361 behind Kerala’s 401.

Prem slammed a career-best 208 in 455 balls with 19 fours and 3 sixes, helping Kerala reach 401 after they were 166 for 5 (after being 114 for 1 at one time). Prem was aided by Raiphi Gomez (41), Monish (37), and debutant Fabid Ahmed (37) down the order; they helped him add 74, 94, and 61 for the 6th, 7th, and 8th wickets respectively.

Mehdi and Vishal sent down 88 overs between them, conceding a mere 219 and taking 5 wickets, but it was Akash Bhandari who got 5 for 72 to end the Kerala innings. On a pitch cut out for spinners, Hyderabad spearhead Sudeep Tyagi lacked venom, going without a wicket from his 17 overs. Hyderabad sorely missed the experience of Pragyan Ojha, who made a move to Bengal for this season.

Proceedings on Day Three will depend a lot on the Kerala spin duo of Monish and 20-year old off-spinner Fabid. Hyderabad will have to put up a good show to reach 402 to obtain the all-important first-innings lead.

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 207/8 | Overs 107.3 | Batting: B Anirudh 54(137), CV Milind 0(3):

Hyderabad have lost another wicket. Fabib Ahamad is out for 18. Anirudh is still on the crease batting well on 54, he has hit two fours and a well timed six. Hyderabad need 192 more runs to level Kerala’s first innings score. Things are getting ugly for Hyderabad, they are eight down. However they have succeeded to avoid the follow on.

OUT! Vishal Sharma c Fabib Ahmad b Kareparambil 18(54)

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 181/7 | Overs 96 | Batting: B Anirudh 43(114), Vishal Sharma 5(10):

Anirudh is batting pretty well on 43. Hyderabad still have a long way to go. Match is firmly tilted towards Kerala’s favour at this moment. Hyderabad’s lower-order batters should ensure that they get Hyderabad to 300 which is a challenging task but not impossible.

OUT! Mehdi Hasan c Kodoth b Kareparambil 11(41)

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 154/6 | Overs 86 | Batting: B Anirudh 29(93), Mehdi Hasan 2(11):

Hyderabad have lost two wickets in quick succession. At present Anirudh is on the crease and is batting very slowly. He is batting on 29 at a strike rate of 31.18. They are still trailing by 247 runs, Hyderabad fans will be hoping that they at least avoid a follow on.

OUT! Sumanth Kolla c Kodoth b Fabid Ahmed 2(28), Akash Bhandari c Baby b Kareparambil 1(6)

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 134/4 | Overs 72 | Batting: B Anirudh 13(50), Sumanth Kolla 1(3):

Hyderabad are trailing by 265 runs. They have lost the key wicket of Akshat Reddy for 76. Sad for him that he lost out on his century, he was looking so good. But credit goes to Kareparambil who is bowling very well. He has taken three wickets as of now.

OUT! Akshat Reddy c Sachin Baby b Kareparambil 73(196)

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 106/3 | Overs 58 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 55(158), B Anirudh 4(11):

Sandeep fails to judge Kareparambil’s line and gets bowled. Akshat Reddy has reached his century but he needs to keep going if Hyderabad wishes to remain alive in this match. They are still trailing by 291 runs.

OUT! B Sandeep b Kareparambil 22(80)

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 93/2 | Overs 53 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 46(139), B Sandeep 22(76):

Hyderabad are trailing by 308 runs. Akshat Reddy is about to get to his half century. B Sandeep is batting on 22. Both the batters are batting slowly. This partnership is crucial for Hyderabad if they want to fight their way back in this match.

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 70/2 | Overs 47 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 28(126), B Sandeep 17(59):

Akshat Reddy and B Sandeep are trying to steady the ship after the collapse of two early wickets cheaply. They are trailing by 331 runs as of now. Akshat Reddy is batting very patiently at a strike rate of only 22.83.

Live cricket scores Hyderbad 56/2 | Overs 36 | Batting: Akshat Reddy 26(97), B Sandeep 6(16):

Hyderabad have lost their second wicket. B sandeep has come to the middle. Hyderabad are still trailing by 345 runs, they have a long and tough job ahead.

OUT! GH Vihari b Warrier 14(85)

Teams

Hyderabad:Hanuma Vihari (c), Sudeep Tyagi, Akash Bhandari, Chama Milind, Mehdi Hasan, Akshath Reddy, Tanmay Agarwal, Bavanaka Sandeep, Balchander Anirudh, Vishal Sharma, Kolla Sumanth(w)

Kerala: Sanju Samson (c, wk), VA Jagadeesh, Akshay Kodoth, Rohan Prem, Fabid Ahmed, Raiphi Gomez, , Sachin Baby, Sandeep Warrier, MD Nidheesh, Nikhilesh Surendran, Karaparambil Monish