Experienced campaigner Saurabh Tiwary notched his 17th first-class century as Jharkhand declared by 319/9 to surpass Jammu and Kashmir’s first-innings score by 168 runs on day three of their Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 9 Elite C match on Wednesday. At stumps, J&K were 24 for no loss with openers Qamran Iqbal and Shubham Khajuria batting on 11 and 9 respectively. (ALSO READ: Sikkim beat Arunachal Pradesh by 10 wickets)

Resuming their day at 9/0, adrift by 142 runs, Jharkhand, in desperate need of a win to qualify for the knockouts, lost opener Mohammad Nazim for 8 to Rasikh Salam, who sent No. 3 batsman Utkarsh Singh back for just 2 in the sixth over.

Kumar Deobrat and Tiwary then steadied the innings as the duo combined to add 109 runs for the third wicket. Deobrat, who brought up his fifty, went on to score 74 off 104 balls, his innings studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes before the partnership was brought to an end by Parvez Rasool, who dismissed Deobrat in the 34th over. (ALSO READ: From 35/3 to 35 all out, Madhya Pradesh suffer incredible collapse)

Ishank Jaggi (32) fell to Salam, who claimed his third wicket. Jharkhand then suffered a middle-order collapse losing their next three wickets for 34 runs. Captain Ishan Kishan added just 17 before he was cleaned up by Rasool.

Tiwary meanwhile, batted with the tail for his scintillating 134 in 260 deliveries – his innings laced with 13 boundaries. Tiwary’s fine knock was brought to an end by Rasool, who was the pick of the bowlers with four for 98 in his 33 overs. Salam went for 47 runs in his 13 overs and pocketed three wickets. Irfan Pathan bowled 11 overs but went wicketless on the day going for 36 runs.

Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir 151 & 24/0 trail Jharkhand 319/9 (Saurabh Tiwary 134; Parvez Rasool 4/98, Rasikh Salam 3/47) by 144 runs