Agartala: Kerala are eyeing an outright win against Tripura after bundling out the hosts for a paltry 127 runs in reply to their first innings total of 400 on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on Monday. Left-arm pacer Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan scalped six wickets for 37 runs to single-handedly demolish Tripura.
Following on, Tripura were 70 for three in the second innings, still trailing Kerala by 203 runs with a full day's play remaining in the match. Kerala's Sandeep Warrier followed up his three-wicket haul in the first innings with two more strikes in Tripura's second essay.
Out-of-favour India pacer S Sreesanth picked up the other Tripura wicket to fall in the second innings.
Brief Scores: Kerala: 400 all out in 131.4 overs, Tripura: 127 and 70 for three in 47 overs (Abbas Ali 24 not out, Samrat Singha 22; Sandeep Warrier 2 for 16).
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Jharkhand vs Andhra Pradesh
In Dhanbad, Amol Muzumdar hit a magnificent 180 as Andhra Pradesh took a handsome 153-run lead against Jharkhand.
Resuming at 132 for four, Andhra Pradesh went on to score 410, riding on Majumdar's big century and some good batting by the Andhra lower-order batsman. In their second innings, Jharkhand reached 20 for no loss with Akash Verma (15) and Rameez Nemat (5) at the crease.
Earlier Muzumdar began at his overnight score of 41 and played a crucial role in his side getting the big lead. His 180 came off 275 balls and had 22 boundaries including two sixes. He was the last man out in Andhra innings as he was dismissed by Shankar Rao.
AG Pradeep, who was overnight 38, scored 56 before being trapped Ajay Yadav. D Shivkumar also batted well for Andra contributing 57 runs.
Brief Scores: Jharkhand 257 and 20 for no loss in 9 overs, Andhra 410 in 119 overs. (A Majumdar 180, D Shivkumar 57 AG Pradeep 56; S Rao 4 for 98).
Himachal vs Goa:
In Porvorim, middle-order batsman Reagen Pinto remained unbeaten on 85 while opener Swapnil Asnodkar scored a patient 81 to hand Goa the vital first innings lead against Himachal Pradesh.
Resuming at the overnight score of 118 for one in reply to HP's 338-run first innings total, Goa were 347 for eight at stumps on the third and penultimate day of the encounter.
Pinto's unbeaten knock came off 180 balls with the help of six fours and a six, while Asnodkar faced 242 deliveries and struck nine boundaries during his stay. Apart from Pinto and Asnodkar, Amogh Sunil Desai scored a fine 59 off 141 balls. He hit 10 boundaries in the process.
At stumps, Harshad Gadekar (2) was giving Pinto company at the crease. For HP, Rahul Singh scalped four wickets for 71 while pacer Vikramjeet Malik and leg-spinner Karanveer Singh picked up two wickets apiece.
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 1st innings: 338 all out in 126 overs (Amit Kumar 86, Mukesh Sharma 73; Gauresh Gawas 4 for 109).
Goa 1st innings: 347 for eight in 142 overs (Reagen Pinto 85 not out, Swapnil Asnodkar 81; Rahul Singh 4 for 71).
(With inputs from agencies)