Agartala: Dheeraj Jadhav's epic 194-run knock put Assam in command against Tripura as the visitors reached 420 for 4 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match on Friday.
Resuming at overnight 85 for 1 in response to Tripura's 136 all out, Assam amassed the huge total riding on Jadhav's 301-ball knock and Tarjinder Singh's 99.
At stumps, Niraj Patel (44) and Gokul Sharma (20) were holding fort for Assam. For Tripura, Manisankar Murasingh and Rana Dutta picked up two wickets apiece in what was largely a frustrating day for the home side.
Tripura 1st Innings: 136 all out; Assam 1st innings: 420/4 in 122 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 194, Tarjinder Singh 99, Rana Dutta 2/86)
Bipul Sharma's 91 help HP take first innings lead against Hyderabad
At Dharamsala, Bipul Sharma hit a strokeful 91 to help Himachal Pradesh take a crucial 59-run first innings lead by scoring 296 against Hyderabad at stumps on the second day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match.
Sharma blasted 15 fours and a six in his 110-ball innings and added 65 runs with skipper Rahul Dhawan (47) for the sixth wicket. He also forged a 113-run partership with tail-ender VS Malik (45) to take Himachal close to the 250-mark.
In reply, Hyderabad reached 40 for no loss in 14 overs in their second innings. TL Suman (21) and PA Reddy (13) were at the crease when the stumps were drawn.
Earlier, Prashant Chopra (41) and Sangram Singh (43) gave HP a decent start reaching 79 but Alfred Absolem broke the partnership when he cleaned up the former in the 27th over.
The wicket triggered a collapse as Pagadala Naidu then dismissed new batsman Paras Dogra (1) cheaply in the next over and Absolem came back to get rid off Abhinav Bali (0) in the 29th over as the hosts all of a sudden slipped to 81 for 3.
Maneik Mohil (9) also didn't last long as he was dismissed by Hanuma Vihari in 34th over and when opener Sangram was sent back to the hut by Ravi Kiran in the next over, Himachal were looking down the barrel at 100 for 5.
Skipper Dhawan and Sharma then took the onus on themselves and pushed HP to 165 when the former lost his wicket to Naidu.
Sharma, however, continued the fightback and helped HP cross the visitors' first innings total of 237.
Hyderabad's innings: 237 & 40-1 in 14 overs (TL Suman 21; VS Malik 7/0); Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 296 all out in 73.1 overs (Bipul Sharma 91; A Absolem 4/88)
Khadiwale's 262 powers Maha to 635 against Goa
At Pune, Maharashtra rode on opener Harshad Khadiwale's double ton and his twin century partnerships with Ankit Bawne and Shrikant Mundhe to find themselves in a commanding position at the end of second day's play in their Ranji Trophy Group C match against Goa..
Khadiwale notched up his highest score in first-class cricket as he converted his overnight century into a monumental 262 to power Maharashtra to 635 all out in their first innings at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Khadiwale faced 396 balls during his stay at the crease and hit an astonishing 32 fours and two sixes.
The hosts added 274 runs to their overnight total of 361 for three before being bowled out at the stroke of tea.
Khadiwale had a 138-run association with Ankit Bawne (71) for the fourth wicket and added another 105 runs for the sixth wicket Srikanth Mundhe (75).
The day also belonged to Goa's offspinner Amit Yadav, who picked up seven wickets for 155 runs from his 45.4 overs.
Goa finished the day at 73 for one, losing opener Amogh Desai to Mundhe for 28.
Swapnil Asnodkar (25 batting) and Hanumant Gadekar (11) were at the crease.
Brief Scores: Maharashtra 635 all out in 153.4 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 262, Kedhar Jadhav 106, Srikanth Mundhe 75; Amit Yadav 7/155); Goa: 73 for 1 in 26 overs (Swapnil Asnodkar 25 batting; Srikanth Mundhe 1/23)