File photo – Jalaj Saxena triggered Himachal Pradesh’s slumps, bagging their top-order wickets © BCCI
Jammu & Kashmir set Goa a mammoth target of 412 runs to win their second-round Group C match in Surat. Goa were 22 for 0 after 10 overs at stumps on the second day.
Goa began the second day from an overnight score of 43 for 5 and were bundled out for 77, giving J&K a first-innings lead of 150. Seamer Ram Dayal finished with figures 4 for 15 from 11.5 overs, while Umar Nazir picked up three wickets. J&K then struck 261 runs in their second innings at a rate of 4.24 runs per over to establish a sound advantage. Ian Dev Singh (64) and wicketkeeper Puneet Bisht (87) struck fifties, the latter hitting 12 fours and a six in his 106-ball innings.
A top-order slump saw Himachal Pradesh squander a good start and finish the second day at 198 for 8, 50 runs adrift of Kerala‘s first-innings total of 248 in Kolkata.
Himachal openers Ankush Bains and Prashant Chopra (60) had added 74 for the first wicket but the side stumbled to 100 for 4 in a span of eight overs. Jalaj Saxena‘s offspin accounted for three of the top four Himachal batsmen, and he eventually finished the day with 5 for 53. Earlier, Kerala’s last six wickets could add only 85 runs, after resuming from an overnight score of 163 for 4. The overnight pair of Sachin Baby (61) and VA Jagadeesh (35) were both dismissed by Mukul Dagar, before Rishi Dhawan wrapped up the lower order to finish with 4 for 66.
Half-centuries from openers Nitin Saini and Shubham Rohilla eased Haryana to a 45-run first-innings lead over Hyderabad at stumps in Jamshedpur. Haryana’s score of 236 for 4 was set up by a 126-run first-wicket partnership between Saini and Rohilla before No. 3 batsman Chaitanya Bishnoi anchored the innings, ending on 47 not out.
Andhra finished the second day of their Group C match against Chhattisgarh at a shaky 151 for 5, trailing by 243 runs in Kalyani. Earlier, Chhattisgarh’s first innings had ended at 394 with overnight batsman Abhimanyu Chauhan (123) completing his fourth first-class century.
Andhra were propped up by opener Prasanth Kumar‘s boundary-filled 62 even as the rest of the line-up struggled against Chhattisgarh. Prasanth contributed 62 to the team total of 93 before he was run out by Kant Singh. The score soon turned to 104 for 5 before Dwaraka Ravi Teja steadied the innings until stumps, finishing on 30 not out.
Earlier, Chauhan, who began the second day on 73, took the team’s score past 350 after Amandeep Khare and Ajay Mandal fell early in the first session. He added 79 with wicketkeeper Vivek Naidu before both batsmen fell in successive overs. Fast bowler Duvvarapu Siva Kumar finished with 4 for 61.
Tripura bowlers will look to wrap up the Services innings early on the third day and bag a first-innings lead after they limited the opposition to 202 for 9 on the second day in Guwahati.
Services finished the day with a deficit of 73 runs, with Shamsher Yadav unbeaten on 71. Yadav’s half-century was the only substantial effort in Services’ first innings helping them recover from 49 for 4. Tripura, who began the day on 228 for 7 pushed the score to 275 with key contributions from Rajat Dey (34) and Gurinder Singh (35).
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