Ranji Trophy: Lacklustre batting puts Hyderabad in trouble

Hyderabad's batting performance on day three against Kerala wasn't up to the mark on a pitch that demanded patience and good stroke-selection.

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Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier (centre) celebrates with his teammates after dismissing Tanmay Agarwal of Hyderabad at KIIT Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Hyderabad needs a miracle to get the first innings lead against Kerala as it ended day three at a disappointing 231 for seven at the KIIT Stadium here on Saturday.

Hyderabad's batting performance wasn't up to the mark on a pitch that demanded patience and good stroke-selection.

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Earlier, Kerala, resuming from its overnight score of 506 for nine, batted just for one over to avail the option of using the heavy roller before declaring at 517 for nine in 181 overs.

In pursuit of a huge total, Hyderabad lost opener Tanmay Agarwal, trapped lbw by one that swung in from pacer Sandeep Warrier, in the second ball of its innings.

Then, Akshath Reddy and B. Anirudh batted with a fair degree of confidence against new ball bowlers putting on 59 runs for the second wicket before the latter failed to read a straight one from off-spinner Jalaj Saxena to be out lbw. Skipper Subramaniam Badrinath too departed cheaply, caught by wicketkeeper Sanju Samson off Jalaj Saxena .

Sandeep struck again after lunch, trapping Akshath lbw. As Hyderabad tottered at 82 for four, Bavanaka Sandeep (53, 143b, 5x4) and wicketkeeper batsman Kolla Sumanth (22, 77b, 2x4) fought back with a sensible 72-run stand.

But left-arm spinner K. Monish dismissed the duo, cleaning up Sumanth, who played all over a length ball, and inducing Sandeep to step out and hit straight to long-on to leave Hyderabad in shambles at 175 for six.

Akash Bhandari played an entertaining 51-ball 40 (7x4) in the final session.

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