Assam bundle Tripura out for 136
Assam 85 for 1 (Jadhav 40*) trail Tripura 136 (Dey 54, Arup 4-34, Nechim 3-37) by 51 runs
Medium-pacer Arup Das spearheaded an incisive performance from the Assam bowlers, as they bundled Tripura out for 136 on the first day in Agartala.
Arup finished with 4 for 34, while the seamers Abu Nechim and Pritam Das took three wickets apiece, to bowl the hosts out in 55 overs. Abhijit Dey was the only source of resistance for Tripura, as he scored a patient 54 - his third first-class fifty - which included 10 fours, but he received little support from the other end, with none of the other batsmen making more than 16.
Assam, in reply, were 85 for 1 at stumps. The opener Pallavkumar Das was bowled by Rana Dutta in the 15th over, but Dheeraj Jadhav remained unbeaten at 40, having struck six fours.
Hyderabad 237 (Suman 65, Dhawan 5-75) v Himachal Pradesh
Rishi Dhawan picked up his second consecutive five-for, to help Himachal Pradesh stifle Hyderabad's batting order, and restrict them to 237 in Dharamsala. Dhawan, who already has five-wicket hauls against Goa and Jammu & Kashmir in this season's Ranji Trophy, ended Thursday with figures of 5 for 75.
Hyderabad, put in to bat, were earlier buoyed by a 65 from the opener Tirumalasetti Suman, and his 79-run second-wicket stand with Dwaraka Ravi Teja. Suman fell to Akshay Chauhan in the 29th over, but the visitors recovered with another crucial partnership - 46 for the fourth wicket between Hanuma Vihari and Bavanaka Sandeep- that took them to 184.
However, once Dhawan dismissed Vihari for 31 in the 57th over, Hyderabad collapsed and lost all the remaining wickets for just 53 runs, with the final scalp coming from Waqar Ahmed, who had Pragyan Ojha caught behind by Aatish Bhalaik off what turned out to be the last ball of the day.
Jammu & Kashmir 173 for 6 (Bandeep 68*, Basha 2-43) v Andhra
Bandeep Singh's maiden first-class fifty helped J&K overcome a middle-order wobble and take the team to 173 for 6 against Andhra in Anantapur, as the match remained evenly poised heading into day two.
Bandeep hit seven fours and two sixes during his unbeaten 68, to help the team overcome a slow start in which the openers and captain Parvez Rasool were all dismissed inside 18 overs. Bandeep and Manzoor Dar added 68 for the fourth wicket, but Dar was run-out for 35 in the 58th over, and in the next, Shaik Basha removed Mohsin Iqbal and Owais Shah off successive deliveries to leave J&K rattling at 113 for 6.
Samiullah Beigh, coming in at No.8, however supported Bandeep well at the other end, as the pair led the recovery by contributing 60 runs before the end of play.
Maharashtra 360 for 3 (Khadiwale 147*, Jadhav 106) v Goa
Harshad Khadiwale and Kedar Jadhav continued their run feast, scoring centuries on the first day for the second week in succession as Maharashtra plundered 360 for 3 against Goa at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on the outskirts of Pune.
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