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    Plate Div: HP in command, Bali slams ton

    Bali\'s brilliant 120 helped Himachal Pradesh score a healthy 243/2.

    Thalassery: Opener A Bali's brilliant 120 helped Himachal Pradesh score a healthy 243 for two in their first innings against Kerala on the opening day of their Ranji trophy Plate Group 'A' match. At draw of stumps P Dogra was not out on 59 and S Sriram on 5.

    Electing to bat, Bali shared two century partnerships for the opening and second wickets with Paul Valthaty and Dogra to take Himachal Pradesh to the commanding position at stumps on the first day. Bali and Valthaty stitched 103 runs for the first wicket before the former was dismissied LBW by Sanuth for 56.

    Brief Score: Himachal Pradesh: 243/2 in 90 overs (Abhinav Bali 120, Paras Dogra 59; Mohammad Sanuth 1/47) vs. Kerala

    Tripura bowled out for 242 against Services:

    Agartala: Hosts Tripura were dismissed for 242 runs in their first innings at stumps by Services on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy match. Electing to bat, Tripura were in deep trouble as they lost four wickets with 45 runs on the board but opener Subhrajit Roy and lower-order batsman Tushar Saha batted patiently to guide them to 242 at stumps.

    Shubhrajit missed his century scoring 85 runs (288 minutes, 170 balls and 13 fours), while Tushar made 30 (69 minutes, 53 balls and 3 fours) and Debabrata Chowdhury scored 26 runs. For Services, Suraj Yadav and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid both took three wickets conceding 97 and 45 runs respectively.

    Brief Score: Tripura: 242 all out in 87.3 overs (Subhrajit Roy 85, Tushar Saha 30; Suraj Yadav 3/97, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 3/45, Nishan Singh 2/56) vs. Services

    Jharkhand bowled out for 218 against Goa

    Jamshedpur: A brilliant 84 by opener Manish Vardhan and his 93-run third wicket partnership with in-form Ishank Jaggi (42) helped Jharkhand reach 218 on the opening day of the four-day plate group Ranji Trophy encounter against Goa.

    Jaggi, who had slammed a scintillating 188 against Assam at Dhanbad, started off on a confident note and steadied the innings in the company of his senior Vardhan, who was well settled at the other end. They both displayed stroke play and treated the loose deliveries accordingly before Jaggi was bowled by Amit Yadav.

    In reply, Goa lost the opener Anup Kolabkar (0) as new ball bowler S S Rao had him leg before in the only over bowled in their innings. At stumps, Sher Bahadur Yadav was batting at one.

    Brief Scores: Jharkhand: 218 (Manish Vardhan 93, Saurabh Bandekar 3/37, Robin D'Souza 3/36).