November 21, 2001

Services face tough fourth innings task

Staff Reporter

Although they conceded a first-innings lead of 91 runs, Services surged back into the game in their second bowling effort, having Haryana at 180/7 by the close of play on Day Three in their Ranji Trophy league match at Faridabad.

The last four wickets in the Services' innings fell for the addition of only 37 runs. S Vidyut and Amit Mishra ended the innings with four wickets each, being the main destroyers of the opposition batting line-up.

Haryana's batting did not fare much better. Wickets tumbled at the top of the order, with Arun Sharma and Sudhakar Ghag taking two and three respectively. Ishan Ganda was the sole substantial contributor to the innings, making 65 before falling with the score on 160.

At stumps, Haryana were 180/7, with Vidyut and Sumit Narwal unbeaten on 16 and 0 respectively. Services, however, are already behind by 271 runs, and it will take a superlative batting effort in their second innings to win this match.