Captain Ian Dev Singh led from the front with an unbeaten 117 before Kerala left-arm pacer Chovvakkaran Shahid scalped eight wickets to bowl out Jammu and Kashmir for 215 in their first innings on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match in Malappuram on Saturday.
Singh was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal batting performance by the visitors.
Singh carried his bat through and struck 11 fours and two sixes during his 240-ball knock, but eventually ran out of partners.
Apart from Singh, only three other J & K batsmen -- Manik Gupta (22), Bandeep Singh (12) and wicketkeeper Obaid Haroon (11) -- made double digit scores.
Shahid emerged as the star performer for Kerala claiming eight wickets for 51, his best career figures so far.
Jammu and Kashmir 1st innings: 215 all out in 86.1 overs (Ian Dev Singh 117 not out, Chovvakkaran Shahid 8/51).