Bhargav Bhatt returned to form with a four-wicket haul to help Andhra Pradesh beat Tripura © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
Ravi Kiran’s four-for on the final day completed Hyderabad’s comeback, who had scored 580 in the first innings, after being 141 for 6 on the first day. This 580 came in handy, as they were able to enforce the follow-on after removing Services’ last wicket in the first over of the final day, dismissing them for 360.
Their medium-pacers then ran through Services’ top order, reducing them to 27 for 3 within 12 overs. First-innings centurion Shamsher Yadav (24) and G Rahul Singh (59) put on Services’ first resistance, adding 77 for the fourth wicket. But Ravi Kiran removed both of them in consecutive overs and Services were 117 for 5 in the 33rd over. Akash Bhandari broke the second resistance, a 60-run stand for the sixth wicket, and opened up Services’ tail, as they lost their last five wickets for 42 runs and were bowled out for 239.
Hyderabad chased down the their target of 20 without losing a wicket, taking a bonus point in the process.
Himachal Pradeshsurvived an early scare to draw their match and take three points against Chhattisgarh in Kanpur.
Chhattisgarh’s overnight batsman and stand-in captain Abhimanyu Chauhan, brought up his first century as a Chhattisgarh player, having begun the day on 69. He was dismissed for 109 with the score on 247, after helping Chhattisgarh add 72 to the overnight score of 175 for 4. Avnish Dhaliwal chipped in with 43, as they declared on 309 for 9, setting HP 234 to win.
HP’s response began shakily, and after a 24-run opening stand, they lose four wickets in 13 overs to be reduced to 51 for 4. Robin Bist (20) endured along with Sumeet Varma (26) for a fifth-wicket stand that added 28 in 17.2 overs, as HP looked to hang on to a draw.
They felt a second hiccup, when Ajay Mandal took two wickets in the 43rd over to reduce them t0 106 for 7. But Rishi Dhawan (41*) and Mayank Dagar (4*) hung on for the last 67 balls to secure a draw.
Tripura started on 165 for 3, still trailing by 188. In the seventh over of the day, overnight batsman Abhijit Dey got out after scoring 43. His partnership of 95 with Yashpal Singh (59) was the highest for the team. The following four Tripura batsmen made twenty-plus scores, but with no other significant partnerships for their team, they fell for 305 as Vijaykumar and Bhatt took all eight wickets in the day. AP’s Hanuma Vihari was the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 233 in the first innings.
Goa fell 35 short of an outright win against Kerala at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Both teams showed a desire to win outright, starting with Kerala who began the day on 154 for 4. They added 103 in 21 overs, before declaring on 257 for 9 and setting a target of 315 in 63 overs. The declaration came after last man-in Fabid Ahmed smashed 22 runs off the four balls he faced, having come in after Iqbal Abdulla (37 off 27) was dismissed at the start of the 67th over. Medium-pacer Saurabh Bandekar accounted for the overnight batsmen, Rohan Prem (70) and Mohammed Azharuddeen (64) to finish with 5 for 70.
Goa’s captain, Sagun Kamat, led their charge after opener Sumiran Amonkar was dismissed in the fifth over. He put on 111 at 4.13, for the second wicket with Swapnil Asnodkar (41), and 127 at 5.04, for the third with Snehal Kauthankar (41), before falling for a 176-ball 151 with Goa still needing 57. They only managed 22 in the four overs after, as the match ended in a draw.
J&K batted out the entire day after starting on from their overnight score of 38 for 0. Opener Khajuria put on a 167-run partnership for the second wicket with Gupta after his partner Umar Nazir was dismissed on 38. Gupta was dismissed in the 94th over by Mohit Sharma – who picked up three wickets – but with the duo playing out most of the day, the game ended as a draw six overs later.
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