Abbas Ali led Tripura's spirited fightback with an unbeaten 108 but the home side still face a daunting task to overhaul Services' massive first innings total. Abbas, who hit 17 fours in his unbeaten knock, stitched a 110-run partnerships with Udit Patel (49) for the third wicket as Tripura ended the day on 285 for 4.
The home side were still trailing by 278 runs with six first innings wickets in hand and one day still to go. Services had made a massive 563 for 4 declared in their first innings.
Earlier in the morning, openers Subhrajit Roy (64) and Samrat Singha (38) added another 48 runs before the latter was out after sharing 101 runs to give a strong start to the home side reply. At stumps, Abhijit Dey was giving company to Abbas Ali. For Services, Shadab Nazar took two wickets for 70 runs while Suraj Yadav and Yashpal Singh grabbed a wicket each.
Services 1st Innings: 563 for 4 declared
Tripura 1st Innings: 285 for 4 in 106 overs (Abbas Ali 108 not out, Subhrajit Roy 64; Shadab Nazar 2 for 70).
In Jamshedpur, thanks to Shahbaz Nadeem's five-star performance with the ball, Jharkhand are eyeing an outright victory against Goa as they finished the third day on the top. At the close of play, Goa were trailing by 136 runs. However, the visitors had all their wickets. Starting the day at 24 for 1 in response to the hosts' first-innings total of 360, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals to give Jamshedpur the upper hand.
Goa tail-enders, led by captain Shadab Jakati, tried desperately to hang on, but Nadeem and company proved too much for the visitors as they finally folded on 208, leaving the hosts with just enough to impose a follow on. At the draw of stumps, Goa were 16 for no loss.
Jharkhand 1st innings: 360
Goa 1st innings: 208 all out in 71.3 overs (Ravikant Shukla 64; Shahbaz Nadeem 64 for 5)
Goa 2nd innings (following on): 16 for no loss (Sagun Kamat not out 8, Swapnil Asnodkar not out 7).
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In Malappuram, riding on skipper Dheeraj Jadhav's 98 and Tarjinder Singh's 92, Assam scored 286 to took a 22-run vital first-innings lead against Kerala. The two added 155 runs for the fifth wicket.
At close, Kerala were 168 for 1 with opener A M Hegde (74) and V A Jagadeesh (92) at the crease. Kerala now lead by 146 runs with nine wickets and a day left. Earlier, resuming on 161 for 4, Assam's Jadhav dominated the proceedings, though both were unfortunate to have missed centuries.
Jadhav faced 210 balls and hit nine fours and two sixes while completing 5,000 runs in Ranji Trophy when he reached 97. Having conceded the first-innings lead, Kerala got off to a shocking start in their second innings, losing opener R V Gomez in the very first over from medium pacer Ahmed.
However, veteran Jagadeesh, who joined opener Hegde, went after the bowling and brought the side back into the game.
Kerala: 264 and 168 for 1 (Hegde batting 74, Jagadeesh batting 92, Ahmed 1 for 20)
Assam: 286 (D S Jadhav 98, Tarjinder Singh 92, R N Das 36, Sony Cheruvathur 3 for 45, Anthaf 3 for 63).
In Nadaun, Amol Muzumdar (89) and Bodapati Sumanth (73) scored unbeaten half-centuries to lead Andhra Pradesh to a healthy 288-run lead against Himachal Pradesh. Himachal lost five wickets for just 41 runs to be all out for 265 after beginning the day at 224 for 5 in response to Andhra's first innings total of 372.
Andhra' second innings did not start well as they lost three wickets for just 18 runs. But Muzumdar and Sumanth lifted the side to 181 for three at the end of day. The duo put on 163 runs for the unfinished fourth wicket.
Andhra: 372 and 181 for 3 in 69 overs (B Sumanth 73 batting, A Muzumdar 89 batting; R Dhawan 3 for 53)
Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 265 all out.