Ranji Trophy: Kedar Jadhav hundred keeps Maharashtra ticking

On the day he was recalled to India’s T20I squad, Kedar Jadhav scored a brisk century to steer Maharashtra towards safety on day three of their seventh round Elite Group A 2018-19 Ranji Trophy match versus Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh had a third centurion in Ashutosh Singh, who moved from an overnight 75 to 114 as the home team made 462, thus claiming a lead of 223 over Maharashtra. Ajay Mandal added 29 runs before he was out for 135, and Anupam Sanklecha kept chipping away to finish with 5/89.

Facing a big deficit, Maharashtra lost two early wickets to Omkar Verma, but regrouped through Jadhav who at stumps had hit 15 fours and a six in his 14th first-class match. Jadhav, batting on 103 off 114 balls, put on 93 for the third wicket with RD Gaikwad, and with him at stumps was Ankit Bawne on 10.

Brief scores: Maharashtra 239 & 172/3 (Jadhav 103*) trail Chhattisgarh 462 (Mandal 135, Ashutosh 114, Sanklecha 5/89) by 51 runs