Andhra's Hanuma Vihari remained not-out on 53    Getty Images (representational image)
Andhra’s Hanuma Vihari remained not-out on 53 Getty Images (representational image)

Kerala in their tie against Andhra showed signs of positive cricket and announced an challenging declaration on Day Four. Andhra by the end of the day was the happier side , gaining 3 points of a draw thanks to first innings lead. The match was being played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, which is hosting the Group C teams for their Round 7 match in Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Kerala were 229 for 5 at the start of Day Four and ended their second innings on 306 for 6 declared with overnight batsman Sachin Baby remaining not out on 60. Iqbal Abdullah departed in the morning for 6 runs, as Baby was joined by Vinod Kumar. The pair ensued that both help Kerala cross the 300-run mark. Baby made a 73-ball 60, that included 6 four’s and one massive six. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Asked to chase down 295 runs to win, Andra started poorly losing their main batsman Prasanth Kumar for 11 runs. Srikar Bharat continued to show his batting prowess with the bat bring up yet another half-century. Soon Ravi Teja departed for 0, handing Sandeep Warrier a simple wicket. Hanuma Vihari and Bharat held fort with the bat. Bharat departed soon making a 241-ball 73. Vihari was joined by Ricky Bhui. Bhui and Vihari added 52 runs for fifth wicket. Bhui was run-out for 44 thanks to wicketkeeper’ Sanju Samson. Vihari and AG Pradeep stayed in the middle till the match of called-off. Kerala were given 1 points, while Andhra were given 3 points.

Brief scores:

Kerala 219 and 229 for 5 (Bhavin Thakkar 56, Rohan Prem 89; Vijay Kumar 3 for 48) lead against Andhra 226 (Srikar Bharat 54, Prashanth Kumar 61, Ricky Bhui 62; Basil Thampi 3 for 33, Iqbal Abdullah 3 for 63) by 222 runs.