Dogra double powers Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh 543 for 5 (Dogra 208*, Dhawan 89) v Goa
Himachal Pradesh were hell bent on recovering the time lost - two sessions, due to a government intervention - on the first day, as Paras Dogra's double century powered them to 543 for 5 by close of play - 407 of those scored on the second day in Dharamsala.
Dogra's form from the last season - five centuries, joint highest with Andhra's Amol Muzumdar in 2012 - went a long way in pummelling the life out of Goa's attack. He batted through the day, to claim his third double century in first-class cricket, which included 26 fours and a six and led two century stands today alone.
Abhinav Bali was playing his first match after serving out a one-year ban for bringing the game into disrepute through "loose talk and unsubstantiated bragging" after a Television sting operation revealed his involvement in alleged corruption in domestic cricket.
He announced his return with a confident half-century but was the first to fall, on 73 to left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati. But it was only a momentary stumble. Rishi Dhawan, the Himachal Pradesh captain, had begun his Ranji campaign last year with a typically aggressive century, but though he kept up the pace, the landmark eluded him as he was dismissed for 89 of 92 balls. However, he was bettered by new import, Bipul Sharma, who was unbeaten on a 74-ball 86, which included eight fours and four sixes as three of Goa's bowlers leaked over 100 runs.
Maharashtra 133 for 1 (Khadiwale 64*) trail Tripura 304 (Takawale 125, Chaudhari 4-44) by 171 runs
Maharashtra-born Yogesh Takawale could not replicate his stubbornness of yesterday as Tripura were dismissed for 304. Tripura's bowlers, though, mimicked the ineffective start by their batsmen as Maharashtra ended the day at a comfortable 133 for 1.
Seamer Sachin Chaudhari ended Takawale's resistance on 125, and made short work of the tail to finish with 4 for 44. Shrikant Mundhe was next best, though he only added one wicket to his overnight tally.
Opener Harshad Khadiwale steered Maharashtra to their position of solidity with a well-compiled half-century. Vijay Zol, playing his first Ranji Trophy match, was just as collected. With Zol, 18, having scored a century on his first-class debut against New Zealand A in August, Tripura must look to break through early on the third day.
Andhra 85 for 1 trail Hyderabad 221 (Vihari 75, Shinde 52, Sahabuddin 4-45) by 136 runs
Seamers Syed Sahabuddin and D Shivkumar knocked off seven of Hyderabad's batsmen as they were bundled out for 221 in their first innings against Andhra at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Hanuma Vihari was responsible for one-third of Hyderabad's total and Amol Shinde contributed with a half-century as well.
Shivkumar broke through both the set batsmen, as Shinde nicked off to the keeper and Vihari holed out to C Stephen. With the lower order exposed, offspinner Shaik Basha claimed two wickets in the same over to wind up Hyderabad's innings.
Openers Srikar Bharat and Prasanth Kumar gave Andhra a good start, but Ashish Reddy broke through for Hyderabad in the 12th over. Andhra trail by 136, but have nine wickets in hand and the sedate Prasanth still at the crease.
Kerela 119 for 3 (Samson 46*) trail Assam 323 (Patel 82) by 204 runs
Kerala lost a couple of wickets late on the second day after a solid start to their innings against Assam, but with Sanju Samson holding one end together, the match in Guwahati was still in the balance. Samson added 64 runs for the second wicket with Nikhilesh Surendran, and was unbeaten on 46, with Kerala still trailing by 204 runs.
Assam, five wickets down overnight, stretched their innings for almost 50 overs on the second morning. Syed Mohammad scored a useful 40 in a century stand for the sixth wicket with Niraj Patel, who scored 82. Kerala would have thought of dismissing the team for below 300, but a half-century stand for the last wicket between Arlen Konwar and Arup Das thwarted the bowling. Vinoop Manoharan and Chovvakkaran Shahid shared three wickets each.