Jain takes Tripura to brink of historic win
Himachal Pradesh 80 and 111 for 6 (Jain 5-19) trail Tripura 163 and 203 (Dutta 71) by 175 runs
Powered by Vineet Jain's five-wicket haul, Tripura left Himachal Pradesh tottering at 111 for 6 and were on course for their historic first win in a Ranji game by the end of the third day at Agartala. Jain rocked the top order before Rajeev Nayyar and N Verma lifted HP from 17 for 4 to 111. But Jain came back to remove Verma and the next man in P Lath to put Tripura back on top. Rajib Dutta had earlier guided the tail enroute to a fighting 71 and steered Tripura to 203, setting a target of 287. Tripura played their first Ranji game in the 1985-86 season and this will be their first win after playing for 21 years.