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    Plate Div: Goa 172 runs away from win

    At stumps, Goa were 62 for 1, needing another 172 runs for an outright win against Jharkhand.

    Jamshedpur: Manish Vardhan’s 67 and his valuable partnership of 61 with S P Gautam (27) helped Jharkhand score 204 in their second innings on the penultimate day of the four-day plate group Ranji Trophy match against Goa at Keenan Stadium here today.

    At stumps, Goa were 62 for 1 with opener Reyan D'souza batting on 28 and Vidyadhar Kamat on 30, needing another 172 runs for an outright win with nine wickets in hand. Jharkhand had scored 218 in their first innings and then restricted Goa to 189 to earn a 29-run first-innings lead.

    Earlier, resuming at 42 for 0, openers Vardhan and Rameez Nemat added 16 more in the home team's kitty before Goa's strike bowler Robin D'souza struck to claim the later caught off Saurabh Bandekar. Nemat, who was on 23 overnight, made 30 studded with two fours.

    Vardhan, who was well-settled at the other end, resisted the opponent's attack as the wickets kept tumbling at regular interval with Ratan Kumar (0) and the in-form Ishank Jaggi (7) returning cheaply.

    Middle-order batsman Gautam, who walked in after Jaggi's dismissal, started off confidently and faced Goa's seam-spin attack to stitch a 61-run partnership with Vardhan. Gautam misread a raising delivery off Sher Bahadur Yadav only to see the bails dislodged. Vardhan followed suit soon as he edged a catch to Bandekar off spinner Amit Yadav, who returned with a rich haul of 5 for 39. Deepak Chougule chipped in with an unbeaten 38 studded with six boundaries off 88-balls. Robin D'souza and Sher Bahadur Yadav shared two wickets apiece.

    Chasing a target of 234 for an outright victory, Goa suffered an early setback in their second innings when Anup Kolambkar was out for a duck in the very first over. Jharkhand strike bowler S S Rao had him bowled in the fifth delivery of the first over.

    Brief score: Goa 189 and 62 for 1 need another 172 runs to beat Jharkhand 218 and 204 (Manish Vardhan 67, Deepak Chougule 38 not out, Amit Yadav 5/39).

    Kerala struggle in first innings

    Thalassery: Himachal Pradesh virtually dashed Kerala's hopes of booking a semi-final berth by reducing the hosts to 249 for 7 in their first innings at stumps on the penultimate day of their four-day Ranji Trophy Plate Group A match here.

    Raiphy Gomez (51) and Padmanabhan Prasanth (22) were at the crease at the draw of stumps with Kerela still needing 204 runs to overtake HP's first innings score of 452 for 8 declared. With only a day left, the first-innings lead would decide the qualifiers for the semis from the group. At present Kerala have 13 points, HP 12 and Vidarbha 14 points.

    The highlight of Kerala's first innings was a masterly 96 by captain VA Jagadeesh and his 102-run second-wicket stand with inform allrounder Sony Cheruvathur (55). Jagadeesh struck seven boundaries and a huge six.

    Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 34 for 1, Jagadeesh and Cheruvathur batted sensibly but HP’s bowlers soon wrested back the initiative by claiming wickets at regular intervals.

    Kerala, who were 112 for 2 at one stage, lost the next three wickets for the addition of only 13 runs. HP's Gurvinder Singh was the pick of the bowlers having bagged 3 for 30.

    Brief Score: Kerala 249 for 7 (VA Jagadeesh 96, Sony Cheruvathur 55, Raiphy Gomez 51 not out, Gurvinder Singh 3/30) trail Himachal Pradesh 452 for 8 decl by 203 runs.

    Seamers put Services on course for victory

    Agartala: New-ball bowlers Suraj Yadav and Nishan Singh shared seven wickets on day three at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Stadium to set Services on their way to victory over Tripura on day three.

    Though the hosts did well to bowl Services out for 250 after they resumed on an overnight 246 for 5, their batsmen failed to put up a formidable show in the second innings. Yadav and Singh soon had Tripura in trouble at 33 for 3 and only former Mumbai wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant (49), Tushar Saha (48 not out) and Manisankar Murasingh (47) were able to offer any resistance.

    Tripura suffered a second setback having recovered to 106 for 3, as four wickets fell in the space of 17 runs. A 77-run stand for the eighth wicket between Murasingh and Saha held off Services for some time, but ultimately Tripura were dismissed for 227. Yadav (4 for 54) and Singh (3 for 57) were the wreckers-in-chief. By stumps, Services were 23 for 1 in six overs having lost Pratik Desai second ball.

    Earlier in the day, Tripura had done wonderfully to seize five wickets for four runs in 8.2 overs. Leading the way was Chanda with 5 for 73, backed by Rana Dutta’s 4 for 47.

    Brief score: Services 253 (Timir Chanda 5/73, Rana Dutta 4/47) and 23 for 1 need another 194 runs to beat Tripura 242 and 227 (Vinayak Samant 49, Tushar Saha 48 not out, Manisankar Murasingh 47, Suraj Yadav 4/54, Nishan Singh 3/57.

    Prasanth, Pradeep make slow progress for Andhra

    Cuddapah: Andhra plodded their way to 192 for 3 on the third day’s play at the YS Raja Reddy Stadium, scoring 183 runs from 90 overs. Opener Prasanth Kumar faced 249 balls for his unbeaten 80 and skipper AG Pradeep had consumed 236 balls for his unbeaten 82 as Andhra showed little purpose in their first innings.

    Resuming on 8 for 0 after bowling out Vidharbha for 382, Andhra lost their first wicket in the 11th over of the day when Hemal Watekar (19) edged Amol Jungade behind. Two more wickets left Andhra at 45 for 3 before Prasanth and Pradeep combined for a mind-numbing 147-run partnership in 73.2 overs.

    Brief score: Andhra 192 for 3 (Prasanth Kumar 80 not out, AG Pradeep 82 not out) trail Vidharbha 382 by 190 runs.

    Ian Dev Singh’s ton gives J&K the upper hand

    Uppal: At the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, visitors Jammu & Kashmir took crucial points having gained a first-innings lead over Hyderabad thanks an unbeaten 168 from middle-order batsman Ian Dev Singh.

    Singh batted 462 minutes and 339 balls for his career-best effort, which helped J&K to 365 and with it some handy points. Resuming on an overnight 38, Singh was resolute in staving off left-arm spinner Lalit Mohan who took a career-best six-wicket haul.

    J&K lost Hardeep Singh (49) for the addition of just six runs in the morning, but Singh found support from AP Singh (38) and Samiullah Beigh (33) to secure a first-innings lead. Mohan, 21, was the best bowler by some distance. In reply, Hyderabad reached 23 for 0 in six overs.

    Brief score: Hyderabad 311 and 23 for 0 trail Jammu & Kashmir 365 (Ian Dev Singh 168*, Lalit Mohan 6/109) by 31 runs.

    Assam claim first-innings lead over Maharashtra

    Guwahati: Hosts Assam secured a first-innings lead over Maharashtra by bowling them out for 44, with Arup Das (4 for 45) and Tarjinder Singh (3 for 36) the main wicket-takers. Assam lost three wickets in their second innings and by stumps had a lead of 115, with Tarjinder batting on 35 at the Nehru Stadium.

    Ankit Bawne (81) and Kedhar Jadhav (60) extended their rescue act on the third morning before Jadhav was sixth out with the score 152. Bawne batted with the tail to add 92 more runs until he was last out, with Maharashtra failing to go past Assam’s first-innings 279.

    Brief score: Assam 279 and 80 for 3 (Tarjinder Singh 35 not out) lead Maharashtra 244 (Ankit Bawne 81, Kedhar Jadhav 60, Arup Das 4/45, Tarjinder Sigh 3/36)