Cuddapah: Andhra seem to be favourites to make it to the knockout stage of the Ranji Trophy as they managed to take a slender 17-run lead over Kerala on the third and penultimate day of their final Group C match here on Monday.
Andhra had scored 329 in their first innings and then riding on superb bowling by DP Vijaykumar (4 for 77) and T Atchuta Rao (4 for 78) bundled out Kerala for 312. At stumps, Andhra reached 38 for no loss in their second innings, and their overall lead is 55 runs with DB Prasanth (8) and Srikar Bharat (30) at the crease.
Andhra, who are currently placed second in the Group C table with 21 points, might be satisfied with three points which seems a most likely result on Tuesday. Kerala, currently with 18 points, are virtually out of content_cnion and only a miraculous victory on Tuesday could take them to the next stage.
Brief scores: Kerala: 312 all out (VA Jagadeesh 117, Sanju Samson 122; DP Vijaykumar 4 for 77, T Atchuta Rao 4 for 78); Andhra: 329 & 38 for no loss in six overs (Srikar Bharat batting 30).
Services vs Jharkhand: Read Vineet Ramakrishnan’s match report here.
Goa vs Assam:
In Porvorim, spinner Shadab Jakati returned a four-wicket haul to spoil Assam chances of making it to the knock-out stage as Goa bowled out the visitors for 366 to take narrow 15-run lead.
At stumps, Goa in their second innings were 11 for no loss with Sagun Kamat and Rohan Balekar unbeaten on 4 and 7 respectively.
Resuming at their overnight score of 134 for one, Assam came close to overhaul Goa's first inning total of 381 but some brilliant bowling by Jakati and two run-outs saw them all out for 366 as the match is heading for a draw with only one day remaining.
Jakati first got the break through when he had A S Sinha leg before for 39. S A Roy who battled resolutely and shared second wicket partnership of 95 with Sinha looked set to score a century but was caught by Ravikant Shukla off Rahul Asnodkar for 87.
While Jakati claimed four wickets, M G Gawas took two and R D Asnodkar claimed one wicket.
Goa 1st Innings: 381 all out and 11 for no loss (Kamat 4 batting, Belekar 7 batting); Assam 1st innings 366 all out (Roy 87, Pallav Das 70, Jakati 4 for 72).
J&K vs Tripura:
In Jammu, opener Subhrajit Roy hit a fine half-century to guide Tripura to 226 for five in their first innings against Jammu and Kashmir. Subhrajit made 86 off 177 deliveries and struck 11 fours during his fine knock.
Veteran Abbas Ali was unbeaten on 50 along with captain Ajay Ratra, who is batting on 35 at stumps on the penultimate day. Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 60 for two, Tripura added 166 runs today in 62 overs.
Off-spinner Parvez Rassol returned with best figures of three for 42 for J&K. The inconsequential Group C match at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground here has been severely hit by bad weather as only 23 overs were bowled in the first two days. The opening day's play completely washed out due to relentless rain.
Brief scores: Tripura: 226 for five in 85 overs (Subhrajit Roy 86, Abbas Ali 50; Parvez Rassol 3 for 42).
(With inputs from agencies)