Centuries by overnight batsmen Rameez Nemat (100) and Ishank Jaggi (126 batting) placed Jharkhand in a comfortable position against Punjab, on the second day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match, at the Keenan Stadium here on Monday.

The second day’s proceedings, which started late due to bad light, was disrupted thrice and nearly three hours were lost. Jharkhand ended the day at 310 for six from a total of 114 overs.

Resuming at 195 for two, opener Nemat completed his maiden century (10 x4) before he fell in the fourth delivery of the day to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Nemat had a 106 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Jaggi.

Even as Jaggi, who was unbeaten at 50 on Sunday, kept the scoreboard moving, the home side lost Kumar Deobrat and S.P. Gautam for low scores. They both fell to medium-pacer Siddharth Kaul.

Jaggi, who completed his century with the help of 15 boundaries, and Sunny Gupta were at the crease when play was called off owing to bad light. Kaul has been the most successful bowler for Punjab so far with three for 66, while Sarabjit Ladda has scalped two wickets.

The scores:

Jharkhand — 1st innings: Akash Verma lbw b Kaul 4, Rameez Nemat c Udai b Harbhajan 100, Manish Vardhan b Sarabjit 31, Saurabh Tiwary lbw b Sarabjit 1, Ishank Jaggi (batting) 126, Kumar Deobrat c Udai b Kaul 20, S.P. Gautam c Amitoze b Kaul 8, Sunny Gupta (batting) 8; Extras: (nb-6, w-1, penalty-5): 12; Total (for six wkts. in 114 overs): 310.

Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-85, 3-97, 4-203, 5-270, 6-282.

Punjab bowling: Manpreet Grewal 21-3-50-0, Siddharth Kaul 28-7-66-3, Taruwar Kohli 2-0-07-0, Sarabjit Ladda 31-8-90-2, Amitoze Singh 3-2-2-0, Harbhajan Singh 29-4-90-1.

Keywords: Ranji Trophy

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