Ranji Trophy: Ishan Kishan powers Jharkhand to maiden semis
Former India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan, mentored by none other than MS Dhoni, provided a glimpse of his talent with a power-packed 86 off 61 balls that helped Jharkhand beat Haryana by five wickets to make it to their maiden semi-finals
Jharkhand's Ishan Kishan
Vadodara: Former India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan, mentored by none other than MS Dhoni, provided a glimpse of his talent with a power-packed 86 off 61 balls that helped Jharkhand beat Haryana by five wickets to make it to their maiden semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy here yesterday.
Kishan on fire
Chasing a target of 176, Jharkhand knocked off the runs in only 30.2 overs with Kishan hitting nine boundaries and six sixes as the eastern India state completely dominated proceedings for the entire duration of four days. While Kishan, who now has 719 runs to his credit, finished with a flourish, while left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (4-78) and leg-spinner Samar Quadri (3-75) were instrumental in dismissing Haryana for 262 in their second innings. Haryana lost their last eight wickets for 116 runs.
However, it was a phase of nine overs between 62nd and 71st that saw Haryana out of the contest losing five wickets for 15 runs. From 178-2 as they were consolidating, Haryana were 193-7 and they had no chance of a comeback after that. Chaitanya Bishnoi (52) and Shivam Chauhan (43) added 87 runs for the third wicket before Nadeem had Chauhan caught by Ishank Jaggi. That started the downslide as Rajat Paliwal (2) was next to go, caught by Jaggi off Nadeem's bowling. Bishnoi was caught by substitute Pratyush Singh off Kaushal Singh's bowling.
With nearly 40 overs and a day's play left, Jharkhand could have taken it easy but Kishan had other ideas. He was ready to take the aerial route against leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) and Amit Mishra (0-32). Skipper Mohit Sharma, an India discard, was pulled disdainfully and driven with ferocity as he was smashed for 24 in 3 overs.
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