Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ranji Trophy 2009/10 – Latest Updates of Kerala Cricket Team

Jammu & Kashmir won by 184 runs
Brief Score (J&K – 164/10 & 244/10; Kerala 133/10 & 81/10)
Kerala took the upper hand against Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) after a superb bowling display from right-arm seamer Sony Cheruvathur at the Gandhi Memorial Science College in Jammu. Cheruvathur and fellow fast bowler Raiphi Gomez rattled the J&K batsmen, sharing nine wickets between them. Cheruvathur finished the day with a haul of six, as none of the home team batsmen could better Ian Dev Singh's 35 at the top. Kerala faltered as well, during the reply, after Abid Nabi had them floundering at 27 for 3 in the ninth over. But Sreekumar Nair and Sachin Baby fought back with an unbeaten partnership of 32
Day 4 - No Play due to rain. Match drawn.Kerala 1 Madya Pradesh 1
Day 3 - No Play due to Rain
Indore, too, didn't escape the showers, allowing just 13.4 overs to be bowled on the second day. Madhya Pradesh, without any damage, added a further 38 runs to their overnight score.
Only 30 overs were possible on the opening day of the fixture between Madhya Pradesh and Kerala in Indore. MP scored at a brisk pace, with Naman Ojha and Hrishikesh Kanitkar scoring half-centuries. Both were unbeaten after adding 120 for the second wicket, as MP finished the rain-affected day on 134 for 1.
Kerala vs Andra Pradesh (November 3rd to 6th)
Day 4 - Match Drawn; Andra -3; Kerala -1;
Girikina Prasad's five-for ensured Andhra grabbed first-innings against Kerala. Continuing from their overnight score of 208 for 6, Preambhastn Prem and Padmanbhan Prasanth battled valiantly, as the seventh-wicket stand yielded 82. Prem surrendered to Prasad nine short of his fifty, and the offspinner then proceeded to take out the last two batsmen to end with a well-deserved 5 for 100. Sitting pretty on a lead of 106, the Andhra openers, Hemal Watekar and Prasad Reddy, saw out the remaining 11 overs in the day without trouble.
It was a soporific day's play in Kannur, with Kerala scoring only 198 runs for the loss of six wickets on the third day, in reply to Andhra's 442. The openers added 38 and they were separated only in the 23rd over when Sambasiva Sarma was out for 16 off 67 balls. The debutant Sachin Baby plodded to 32 off 91 before he was run out and the other opener, VA Jagadeesh consumed 165 balls for 65. PR Prem scored 50 off 102 balls, a terrific strike-rate compared to that of his peers, and he added 73 runs with Vinan Nair. Nair was dismissed for 44 shortly before stumps. Andhra will begin the final day needing only four wickets to take first-innings points, and have a lead of 234 at the moment.
Syed Sahabuddin marked his comeback to the Andhra squad (from the ICL) with a century and with his captain B Sumanth, who also scored a hundred, took Andhra to a strong 442 against Kerala at Kannur. The Kerala bowlers had to toil for nearly 60 overs to dislodge the overnight pair of Sahabuddin and Sumanth, who added 194 for the sixth wicket. Padmanabhan Prashanth finally got the breakthrough when he got rid of Sahabuddin for 120. Sachin Baby soon accounted for Sumanth with the score on 412. Sreekumar Nair was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 52 but Sreesanth went wicketless in his 23 overs.
"Twin fifties from Venugopal Rao and captain B Sumanth helped Andhra reach 215 for 5 against Kerala at the Conor Vayal Stadium in Kannur. Sreesanth, Kerala's captain and lead bowler, spent a wicketless day, sending in 10 overs for 38 runs.
Choosing to bat, the Andhra openers, Hemal Watekar and Prasad Reddy, made a cautious start with 46 off 19 overs. But three quick wickets had them stuttering at 62 for 3, before Rao and Sumanth joined forces to strengthen the visitors. Rao struck 12 fours and a six in his 92-ball 69, while Sumanth hit seven boundaries in his watchful 58. Apart from the wicketkeeper, all the Kerala players were asked to bowl in an effort to break the partnership. VA Jagadeesh finally had Rao caught by TinuYohannan, as Andhra went on to lose wicketkeeper Manoj Sai before the end of the day's play."
"The time has come for Sreesanth to shut up and bowl. Enough of interviews, enough of altercations, enough of tattoos, enough of new hairstyles, enough of warnings. Just shut up and bowl. Sorry, but that's how frustrating Sreesanth has been. When his mind is in the right place, he has it in him to be one of the best bowlers in the world. Yet he last represented India in April 2008. Injuries, embarrassing stories in tabloids and city supplements of serious papers, and then when he looked like coming back to form in the Irani Cup, another on-field argument, and the "final warning". If he wants to come back to the Indian team, he needs a season full of consistently good bowling and no more controversies. He will also need to show he can do it without too much of the spotlight, playing for Kerala. A natural talent is dying, and only he can save himself."

Meet Kerala Ranji Trophy Players for 2009/10 Season
Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) announced the 15 member Kerala Ranji Trophy team to play against Andra Pradesh in Thalassery from November 3rd to 6th. The team will be lead by former Indian player Sreesanth. Here is the complete list of the 15 players selected.Click on their name to see the career statistics of each player. ( Photo Courtesy -
Sreesanth (Captain)

Rohan Prem (Vice Captain)

Good Luck to Team Kerala for the Season 2009/10.
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