Services banked on Soumyaranjan Swain and Yashpal Singh's defiant knocks to score 237 for three in the first innings of its Ranji Trophy Plate Group ‘B' match against Kerala at the Palam ground here on Wednesday.

Swain (89 batting, 222b, 286m, 12x4) and Yashpal (57 batting, 163b, 193m, 5x4) put up a 129-run unbeaten stand for the fourth wicket and kept the host's quest for the first innings lead alive.

Earlier, opener Pratik Desai scored a sensible 55 to lay the foundation for a big total.

The scores:

Kerala – 1st innings: 454

Services – 1st innings: Pratik Desai c V.A. Jagadeesh b R.V. Gomez 55, Sumit Singh c C.M. Tejas b S.K. Cheruvathur 17, Jasvir S. Beniwal lbw b S.K. Cheruvathur 8, S. Swain (batting) 89, Yashpal Singh (batting) 57; Extras (b-4, lb-2, nb-4, wd-1): 11; Total (for three wickets, 97 overs): 237.

Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-55, 3-108.

Kerala bowling: Prasanth Nair 13-3-33-0, P. Paramashvaran 19-3-57-0, S.K. Cheruvathur 16-3-30-2, R.V. Gomez 11-2-27-1, S.K. Ramachandran 17-6-48-0, V.A. Jagadeesh 16-8-17-0, Sreekumar Nair 3-0-14-0, Rohan Prem 2-1-5-0 .

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