Rana Dutta hat-trick headlines Tripura's dominance

Himanshu Rana top-scored for Haryana with 75 © PTI

Right-arm seamer Rana Dutta‘s six-wicket haul, which included a hat-trick, put Tripura on track for an innings victory against Himachal Pradesh in Kalyani. Resuming the third day at 50 for 1, Himachal Pradesh were dismissed for 311 in 97.2 overs. Asked to follow on, they were 19 for 1 at stumps for the loss of Pankaj Jaiswal.

Jaiswal had batted at No. 9 in Himachal Pradesh’s first innings and contributed 17 off 26 balls. Dutta was the star of the day, returning career-best figures of 6 for 58. He dismissed captain Rishi Dhawan, Sumeet Verma, and Mayank Dagar to bag the hat-trick. Manisankar Murasingh and Bunti Roy assisted Dutta by picking up two wickets each. That Himachal Pradesh passed 300 in their first innings was down to half-centuries from opener Ankush Bains, Robin Bist, and Dhawan.

Himachal ended the day trailing by 219 runs.

Three-wicket hauls from left-arm spinning allrounder Shadab Jakati and right-arm seamer Felix Alemao, who was playing only his second first-class game, strengthened Goa‘s grip over Services in Cuttack.

In reply to Goa’s 606, which was built on Sagun Kamat’s record triple-century, Services, 39 for 1 overnight, slumped to 228 for 7. Ravi Chauhan was the first to go on the third day when he was bowled by Alemao for 47 off 49 balls, including nine fours. Alemao then proceeded to have Nakul Verma and Shamsher Yadav caught behind.

Captain Soumik Chatterjee resisted for 77 balls before becoming Jakati’s first victim. Rahul Singh, coming in at No.6, supplied more fight with 89 off 180 balls before Jakati struck in the 92nd over. Muzzaffaruddin Khalid and Diwesh Pathania added an unbroken 39-run partnership for the eighth wicket to close the day.

After declaring their first innings at 517 for 9, Kerela firmed up their advantage by making deep inroads into the Hyderabad line-up on the third day in Bhubaneswar. Seamer Sandeep Warrier, offspinning allrounder Jalaj Saxena, and left-arm spinner Karaparambil Monish all returned two wickets to reduce Hyderabad to 212 for 7.

Warrier set the tone with the new ball, accounting for both the openers. Saxena followed it with quick strikes of his own before B Sandeep briefly revived the innings with his 13th first-class fifty. When Monish removed him for 53, Hyderabad were 175 for 6. Useful contributions from Akash Bhandari (40) and Mehdi Hasan (26), though, dragged the team closer to the 250-mark.

Left-arm spinner Aamir Aziz’s maiden five-wicket haul bowled Andhra out for 255 and gave Jammu & Kashmir a first-innings lead of 79 at Brabourne Stadium. They eventually stretched it past 100, although Adil Reshi and Ian Dev Singh fell to Bharghav Bhatt late in the day.

Having started the day at 72 for 2, Andhra stumbled to 90 for 5 and then 156 for 6. Dwaraka Ravi Teja and Ashwin Hebbar, though, mounted a fightback by putting on 94 for the seventh wicket. Ravi Teja top-scored with 81 off 194 balls, including nine fours. Once he fell, the tail was wiped out quickly with the last four wickets tumbling for only five runs.

Andhra then hit back with Bhatt’s new-ball burst, but it was not enough to turn the overall scenario in Mumbai.

Haryana captain Mohit Sharma took three wickets and left Chhattisgarh at 50 for 6 in a chase of 279 in Guwhati. Earlier Harynana were propped up by fifties from Himanshu Rana and Rajat Paliwal in their second innings. They were ultimately dismissed for 289 from an overnight 121 for 3. Seamer Pankaj Rao, who was playing only his second first-class game, did the bulk of the damage for Chhattisgarh, claiming 5 for 74. His new-ball partner Pratik Sinha, meanwhile, took 2 for 84.

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