Thalassery: Riding on Rishi Dhawan's 99-run knock, Himachal Pradesh posted 452 for eight declared in their first innings before reducing Kerala to 34 for one on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Plate Group A match.
Unfortunately Dhawan missed out on his century by just one run but his 168-ball 99, studded with nine hits to the fence, and his valuable 146-run partnership with Amit Kumar (51 not out) for the seventh wicket, put Himachal Pradesh in the driver's seat.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight total of 243 for two, Himachal Pradesh received a jolt as the former Test player S Sriram got out at his overnight score of five. Thereafter, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were 303 for six at one stage.
But Dhawan found an able support in Amit and the pair took the side to a commanding position. In reply, Kerala got off to a disastrous start, losing opener A M Hegde (2) caught by Abhinav Bali off Dhawan. However, in-form Sony Cheruvathur (not out 10) and skipper V A Jagadeesh (not out 20) held on to their wickets when stumps were drawn today.
Brief score: HP: 452 for 8 decl (Abhinav Bali 120, Rishi Dhawan 99; Rohan Prem 2/22). Kerala: 34/1.
Jharkhand take first innings lead against Goa:
Jamshedpur: A fine spell of leg-spin by Samar Quadri helped Jharkhand restrict Goa to 189 in their first innings and take a vital first innings lead on the second day. Resuming at two for one, Goa's overnight unbeaten opener Sher Bahadur Yadav (8) and Vidyadhar Kamat (0) returned cheaply after Jharkhand strike bowlers S S Rao and Jaskaran Singh struck early to jolt the visitors' run chase.
Reagan Pinto (36; 2x4), who stepped in following the dismissal of Yadav, and Keenan Vaz (14; 2x4) steadied the innings stitching valuable 34 runs for the fifth wicket before Vaz returned a simple catch in the follow through to Quadri, who returned with a rich haul of five for 43.
Even as Goa lost seven wickets for a paltry 80 runs, Robin D'souza (54) and Amit Yadav (unbeaten 48) displayed a cautious knock to rescue their side from early collapse as they paired for a 97-run stand for the eight wicket. At stumps, Jharkhand scored 42 runs without loss off 20 overs. Openers Manish Vardahan was batting on 12 and Rameez Nemat was on 23.
Services on top against Tripura:
Agartala: Services took vital first innings lead against Tripura in the four-day Ranji Trophy Plate group match played at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Stadium. Chasing the hosts firing innings score of 243, Services scored 246 losing five wickets in their first innings at stumps on the second day.
Earlier, Services lost three three quick wickets for just 49 runs at start of their first innings. But middle order batsman Soumya Swain and Prema Balla batted patiently and took the vital first innings lead. Soumya scored 60 (198 minutes, 117 balls, 11 fours) and Prema Balla made unbeaten 85 (210 minutes, 210 balls, 9 fours).
Tripura skipper Timir Chanda bagged 3 wickets for 69.