Hyderabad complete comeback victory, Himachal salvage draw

File photo – Hanuma Vihari’s first century as an Andhra player lifted them to the top of Group C © BCCI

Medium-pacer M Ravi Kiran took 4 for 32, as Hyderabad beat Services by ten wickets at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

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.

Andhra defeated Tripura by an innings and 38 runs in Valsad as DP Vijaykumar and Bhargav Bhatt took four wickets each, to help them clinch the victory 58 overs into the day.

Tripura started the day on 165 for 3, still trailing Andhra’s 524 by 188. In the seventh over of the day, overnight batsman Abhijit Dey was dismissed for 43. His partnership of 95 with Yashpal Singh (59) was the highest of the innings. The next four Tripura batsmen all made twenty-plus scores, but with no other significant partnerships they folded for 305 as Vijaykumar and Bhatt took all eight wickets in the day. Andhra’s captain, 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.

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.

Opener Shubham Khajuria‘s unbeaten 110, along with Pranav Gupta‘s 80 helped Jammu & Kashmir draw against Haryana in Cuttack after being asked to follow-on.

J&K batted out the entire day after starting on their overnight score of 38 for 0. Opener Khajuria put on a 167-run partnership for the second wicket with Pranav, after his partner Umar Nazir had been dismissed for 38 in the first session. Pranav was dismissed in the 94th over and Owais Shah fell in the 99th, but J&K had done enough by then. Mohit Sharma, took all the wickets to fall, finishing with 3 for 21.

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