Visakhapatnam: Opener Prasanth Kumar cracked an unbeaten 113 to help Andhra reach 224 for 4 against Himachal Pradesh at stumps on the opening day of a Group C Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.
Electing to bat, Andra skipper Kumar scored 13 boundaries in his 265-ball innings, while Murumulla Sriram hit a 94-ball 43, laced with eight hits to the fence.
For HP, Seamer Vikramjeet Singh Malik (3 for 45) was the pick of the bowler with three wickets, while left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma took one wicket.
At the draw of stumps, RK Bhui (6) was giving company to Prasanth.
Kumar starred in two important partnership as he forged 75 with Sriram for the second wicket and then added 73 runs with GK Chiranjeevi for the fourth wicket.
Opener KS Bharat was the first to be dismissed when he was cleaned up by Malik in the 9th over.
Malik returned again in the 38th over to castle Sriram. 15 overs later, Sumanth too was sent back into the hut by Bipul Sharma with wicket-keeper Aatish Bhalaik dislodging the stumps after finding the batsman short of the crease.
The final batsman to be dismissed on the day was Chiranjeevi, who was trapped in front of stumps by Malik for his third wicket.
Brief Score: Andra Pradesh 1st innings: 224 for four in 90 overs (Prasanth Kumar 113; VS Malik 3/45)
Hyderabad score 234/3 against Goa
At Porvorim, opener PA Reddy missed out on a century as Hyderabad scored 234 for 3 against Goa on the opening day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match.
Reddy was unlucky to be dismissed for 99 by medium pacer Hanumant Gadekar in the 65th over. Reddy's 191-ball innings was decorated with 14 fours and one six.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss at Academy Ground, Hyderabad got off to a poor start when medium pacer Buddhadev Mangaldas had T Suman caught by Sagun Kanat for 13.
Next man-in Ravi Teja and Reddy added 101 runs for the second-wicket partnership to steady the innings before Mangaldas returned to dismiss the former for 54. Teja was caught by Sagun Kamat.
Reddy, who looked all set to complete his much-deserved century, edged the ball that drifted in and turned away while looking for a single.
Hanuma Vihari (44 batting) and BP Sandeep (23 batting) played cautiously thereafter, adding 47 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket when the play ended for the day. For Goa, Mangaldas was the most successful bowler with two for 40.
Maharashtra take upperhand against Kerala
At Kannur, Maharashtra's Akshay Darekar and Chirag Khurana spun a web around the Kerala batsmen to bundle out the hosts for 151 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match.
Maharashtra finished the day at 106 for 1 with Harshad Khadiwale unbeaten on 67. Left-arm spinner Darekar and offspinner Khurana picked up seven wickets between them to knock the daylight out of the hosts at Conor Vayal Stadium, Tellicherry.
Darekar and Khurana dismissed the Kerala top-order to leave them stuttering at 75 for 4.
A brief 46-run fifth-wicket partnership between Robert Fernandez and Sachin Baby offered some hopes to Kerala but the spinners struck in tandem between the middle overs of the innings to reduce Kerala to 127 for 8.
The last two wickets couldn't provide much resistance as the hosts were dismissed for 151 in 57 overs.
Maharashtra's reply was confident as Khadiwale and Vijay Zol (28) shared an opening stand of 92. Zol was dismissed a few overs before stumps, but continued with his innings and scored his third successive fifty.
Brief Scores: Kerala 151 all out in 57 overs (Sachin Baby 30, Akshay Darekar 4/54, Chirag Khurana 3/26); Maharashtra: 106 for one in 32 overs (Harshad Khadiwale 67 batting)
Gokul Sharma hit 108, J&K bowl out Assam for 263
At Jammu, Gokul Sharma struck his fourth first-class hundred as Assam were bowled out for 263 against Jammu and Kashmir on the opening day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match.
Sharma's 203-ball 108 and his 102-run eighth-wicket stand with Prasanta Sonowal (40 not out) lifted the visitors from a precarious 150 for seven to a respectable 263 at Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground.
Sent in to bat, Assam kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and slumped to 83 for 5 in 37th over.
J&K's medium pacer Mohammed Mudhasir Gujree bowled with a lot of fire and struck regularly to rock the visitors' top and middle-order batting. He picked up four of Assam's first five wickets.
A 44-run seventh-wicket stand between skipper Abu Nechim and Gokul tried to stem the flow of wickets but it was the Sonowal-Gokul partnership that boosted Assam's total.
Sonowal played a handy knock of 85-ball 40. For J&K, Mudhasir ended with figures of 5 for 71.
Brief Scores: Assam 262 all out in 87.5 overs (Gokul Sharma 108; Mudhasir 5/71)