Table-toppers Assam were made to work hard against Jammu & Kashmir while Andhra hold a slight edge over Goa thanks to Amol Muzumdar.
Nadaun: A maiden first-class century from opener Subhrajit Roy was the basis of Tripura's total of 325 for 4 at Nadaun, as hosts Himachal Pradesh were made to toil on day one of their Group C match on Saturday.
After being put in to bat, Tripura lost Samrat Singh for 2 to veteran medium-pacer Vikramjeet Malik before a 46-run stand between Roy and Udit Patel (30) offered some resistance. Patel became allrounder Rishi Dhawan's first wicket with the score 61 for 2, but a 160-run partnership between Roy and Syed Abbas Ali (83) kept Himachal on the back foot. Roy, whose previous best was 85, faced 200 balls and hit 20 fours in his 111 before falling to Dhawan (2 for 83). Tripura captain Ajay Ratra was batting on 55 at the close of play with Abhijit Dey on 26, their stand worth 64.
Brief scores: Tripura 325 for 4 in 88 overs (Subhrajit Roy 111, Syed Abbas Ali 83, Ajay Ratra 55*) v Himachal Pradesh
In Guwahati, Jammu & Kashmir made a valiant effort to put their off-field political issues to one side by reaching 240 for 7 – their second highest total of the season - at stumps against hosts and Group C table-toppers Assam.
Having been asked to bat, J&K slumped to 35 for 2 when Abu Nechim and Arup Das struck inside the first 11 overs, but Bandeep Singh (35) and Parvez Rassol (67) put on 59 for the third wicket. That was followed by a 62-run alliance between Rassol and Hardeep Singh (39). Das kept chipping away to ensure no batsman got a big score – his 4 for 58 included three of the top five – and J&K will now hope that the debutant wicketkeeper Obaid Haroon, batting on 35 off 173 balls, converts his start into something bigger. The visitor’s day one total of 240 for 7 was their second best since 338 against Goa in round two.
Brief scores: Jammu & Kashmir 240 for 7 in 90 overs (Parvez Rassol 67; Arup Das 4/58) v Assam
In Visakhapatnam, Andhra finished the first day on 240 for 5 against Goa without entirely dominating the opposition. Shadab Jakati opted to field and will have mixed emotions about keeping the hosts to that total while failing to take a wicket in 25 overs himself.
Saurabh Bandekar made early inroads when he had Hemal Watekar out for 0 in the third over. Prasanth Kumar (48) and Syed Sahabuddin (49) restored parity with a 73-run partnership but failed to press on. B Sumanth (21) and AG Pradeep (30) were dismissed by Bandekar after getting starts, but the presence of domestic giant Amol Muzumdar on 55 gives Andhra the slight edge over Goa.
Brief scores: Andhra 240 for 5 in 87 overs (Amol Muzumdar 55*, Syed Sahabuddin 49, Prasanth Kumar 48; Saurabh Bandekar 3/62) v Goa