Jammu & Kashmir 428 and 163 for 3 (Bandeep 51*, Ian Dev 40*) lead Tripura 224 (Parvinder 60, Dayal 4-51) by 367 runs
Jammu & Kashmir were well-placed to push for an outright win against Tripura in Agartala, as the visitors led by 367 runs going into the final day. Tripura, who began at 85 for 2 in reply to J&K’s 428, lost wickets in a bulk, as the team failed to sting together any meaningful partnership. Parvinder Singh top-scored with 60, but no other batsman managed a half-century, as Tripura were bundled out for 224 to concede a lead of 204 runs. Fast bowler Ram Dayal was the pick of J&K’s bowlers, collecting 4 for 51, while Umar Nazir Mir and medium-pacer Rohit Sharma took two each. J&K lost their openers Shubham Khajuria and Imran Haroon early in the second innings, but Ian Dev Singh (40*) put up a fifty-plus stand with Parvez Rasool, before Bandeep Singh blitzed 51 off 16 balls to guide the visitors to 163 for 3 at stumps. Bandeep reached his half-century in 15 balls, and broke the record for the fastest fifty in the Ranji Trophy. Before Bandeep, Shakti Singh (Himachal Pradesh, 1990-91) and Yusuf Pathan (Baroda, 2012-13) held the joint record with 18-ball half-centuries.
Goa 324 and 182 for 3 (Asnodkar 72, Desai 63) lead Himachal Pradesh 376 (Dogra 167, Parameswaran 5-82) by 130 runs
Himachal Pradesh edged ahead in their Ranji clash against Goa in Dharamsala as they secured a crucial innings lead. HP were 298 for 5 coming into day three, and their overnight centurion Paras Dogra made his way to 167, ensuring that his team had a slender advantage. None of the lower-order batsmen chipped in with a handy knock, but Dogra’s rearguard earned HP a lead of 52. Prasanth Parameswaran picked up 5 for 82, while Rituraj Singh chipped in with 3 for 95. Goa began their second innings positively, as the openers Amogh Sunil Desai (63) and Swapnil Asnodkar (72) batted together for 53.5 overs to add 131 runs. However, HP fought back with three key wickets towards the end of the day, as Bipul Sharma and Akash Vasisht struck to remove Asnodkar, Desai and the first-innings centurion Sagun Kamat. Goa were 182 for 3 when stumps were called, leading by 130 runs.
Services 281 for 7 (Anshul 68, Chauhan 56, Monish 3-90) trail Kerala 322 by 41 runs
A three-wicket burst from Karaparambil Monish, coupled with timely blows from Rohan Prem meant Kerala could harbour hopes of gaining first-innings points against Services in Delhi. Services were well-placed at 66 for 0 when the day began, but Soumik Chatterjee was dismissed early on for 42. Anshul Gupta (68) and Ravi Chauhan (56) added 75 for the second wicket, but from 160 for 1, Services collapsed to 221 for 6. Handy knocks from Vikas Hathwala (45) and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (28*) guided Services to 281 for 7 when the day ended, with the team still trailing by 41 runs.
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