After grabbing three points against Kerala, courtesy their first-innings lead, Services skipper Soumik Chatterjee said that not losing a single wicket second innings would be a morale booster for the team’s next game against Goa starting December 8.
Chatterjee scored 107 to help his team to get the first-innings lead and shared a 152-run stand for the fourth wicket with veteran Yashpal Singh. Services finished their first innings at 335 in reply to Kerala's 314. Chasing an impossible target of 173 in 15 overs after Kerala declared their second innings at 193 for 3 in 77, Services scored 85 without any loss on the final day.
“It was a tough task to chase 173 in just 15 overs. The moment Kerala declared their innings, I told openers Nakul Verma and Anshul Gupta to stick for long and not to lose wicket”, Chatterjee told Cricketnext
. “I am happy that we put up a good total in the second innings. I loved the way Anshul and Nakul batted. They fought and put 85 runs on the board. Not losing a single wicket in the second innings will be a morale booster for us for the next encounter against Goa.”
Kerala, on the other hand, rode on the magnificent show of VA Jagadeesh, who scored an unbeaten 199 in the first innings. “I don’t have any regret for missing the double-ton. I wanted to set a good total on the scoreboard. Thankfully we did it. Now, we are
03:14 PM, Jul 26, 2008