Guwahati: Tripura were struggling at 72 for 3 after Assam captain Dheeraj Jadhav scored the season’s first double-century on Saturday. The former Maharashtra batsman now captaining his adopted state in his fourth season with them fell 17 short of his career-best as Assam lost their last five wickets for 30 runs to be bowled out for 450, but by stumps Tripura trailed by 378 runs.
Jadhav, 33, resumed the day on 127 and batted through the first session to reach 183 out of a lunch-time total of 323 for 5. The landmark came up in the afternoon session, and he carried on to 243 when he was removed by Tushar Saha. His double was the second-highest score in Assam history after Zahir Alam’s 257 also against Tripura in Guwahati in the 1991-92 season.
Jadhav’s overnight partner, J Syed Mohammed, offered solid support with 89 in a stand of 213 for the sixth wicket. Mohammed, a left-arm spinner from Tamil Nadu who gained prominence with his performances for IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore a couple seasons ago, marked his first-class debut with 89 off 170 balls. Timir Chanda had taken the first five wickets on day one but could not add another.
Tripura’s reply began on shaky ground as the team slipped to 11 for 2 and by the close they were in dire need of a recovery.
Tripura 72 for 3 in 27 overs trail Assam 450 in 152.5 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 243, J Syed Mohammed 89; Timir Chandra 5/74, Tushar Saha 3/78) by 378 runs
At Nadaun, a century to Paras Dogra allowed Himachal Pradesh to push for an outright win with a lead of 21 with six wickets remaining at stumps. Kerala were bowled out for 229 despite the 17-year-old Sanju Samson's unbeaten 127 before HP chipped away at their total, with Dogra being the dominant hand with 121.
The hosts were given a 37-run opening stand before Prashant Chopra was dismissed for 24 by Kerala skipper Sony Cheruvathur. This season’s captain, Aakash Chopra, took the score to 72 for 1 at lunch in partnership with Dogra. Chopra batted 59 balls for 18 runs in the morning, while Dogra eased to 23 off 31 with three fours and a six. Post-lunch, Chopra fell for 18 to end a 73-run stand but Dogra progressed to an eighth first-class century in the company of Hemanth Kumar (45). Though he fell in the penultimate over of the day, Dogra took HP to 248 for 4 and they will look to bat Kerala out of the contest on Sunday.
Himachal Pradesh 250 for 4 in 78 overs (Paras Dogra 121) lead Kerala 229 in 82 overs (Sanju Samson 127*) by 21 runs
At Jammu, Jharkhand captain Saurabh Tiwary led from the front with 72 as the visitors took a 159-run lead over Jammu & Kashmir. The visitors trailed by 114 when the day began and when stumps were drawn they were eyeing an outright win. Rameez Nemat’s overnight 42 was converted into a solid 75 before the opener was dismissed in the 46th over. That brought to the crease Tiwary, 22, who took his time to get set before opening up to hit four fours and two sixes. Top-scoring for the innings was wicketkeeper Shiv Gautam with 80.
Jharkhand 354 for 8 in116 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 72, Rameez Nemat 75, Shiv Gautam 80) lead Jammu & Kashmir 195 by 159 runs
It was slow going on day two at Anantapur, where Services ground out 183 runs in 80 overs to finish the day on 256 for 8. Rajat Paliwal made 72 from 155 balls, Sarabjit Singh 34 from 165 and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid was batting on 41 from 98 at the close. The other not out batsman was Shadab Nazar on 30 having put on 55 for the ninth wicket.
Services 265 for 8 in 108 overs (Rajat Paliwal 72, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 41*) v Andhra