Ranji Trophy 2013-14, Group C, 7th round, 3rd day December 16, 2013

ID Singh century puts J&K on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

Assam 263 and 156 for 6 (Ahmed 32*, Beigh 2-22, Dayal 2-35) trail Jammu & Kashmir 427 (ID Singh 170, Arup Das 5-79) by eight runs

Jammu & Kashmir stretched their score from their overnight 294 for 5 to 427 with a hundred from ID Singh to take their first-innings lead to 164. Their bowlers also took down six Assam batsmen by the end of the third day in Jammu as the visitors still trail by eight runs.

J&K lost Samiullah Beigh in the third over of the day but ID Singh batted with the tail to score his eighth first-class hundred, moving from 94 to 170 in the company of Ram Dayal (16) and Manzoor Dar. Arup Das took three of the five wickets to finish with 5 for 79. Dar had retired hurt on the second day and came back to bat on the third day and was the last wicket to fall for a patient 23.

J&K struck early to remove Abhijit Roy for a duck before Rishav Das and Amit Sinha took them to 50. But both were dismissed for 27 as Assam lost four wickets for 25 runs to reach 75 for 5. Dayal and Beigh took two wickets each out of those four but Gokul Sharma was unbeaten till stumps on 32 even though he lost Jamaluddin Mohammad. Gokul and Abu Nechim, who scored nearly a run-a-ball 32, took the score to 156 for 6.

Andhra 417 and 39 for 1 (Prasanth 15*) lead Himachal Pradesh 305 (Gangta 115, Malik 83, Vijaykumar 4-90) by 151 runs

DP Vijaykumar and GVS Prasad restricted Himachal Pradesh to 305 to take a first-innings lead despite a maiden hundred from Nikhil Gangta and a fighting fifty from Vikramjeet Malik.

HP were 24 for 3 overnight and soon became 84 for 5 as Vijaykumar and Prasad dismissed Jarnail Singh and Vishal Bhatia for low double-digit scores. No. 6 Gangta scored briskly from there but hardly got any support until the eighth wicket fell as HP lost Rishi Dhawan (19) and Bipul Sharma (25) to Prasad, and Aatish Bhalaik was run-out for 6, to leave the score at 152 for 8. Malik then gave able support to a well-set Gangta and the duo exactly doubled the score from 152 to 304. Gangta fell for 115 to become Vijaykumar's fourth wicket and the innings ended when Malik was run-out for a career-best 83 off 94, which included eight fours and five sixes.

Andhra finished the day on 39 for 1, with a lead of 151, after losing Srikar Bharat's wicket for 9, when he was trapped lbw by Dhawan.

Goa 273 for 5 (R Asnodkar 103, Desai 71, Ravi Kiran 3-67) trail Hyderabad 514 for 6 dec (Vihari 201*, Reddy 99, Ahmed 78*) by 241 runs

Medium-pacer Ravi Kiran struck three crucial blows to leave Goa at 273 for 5 as they trailed by 241 runs at the end of the third day in Porvorim.

In reply to Hyderabad's 514 for 6, Goa started the day on 9 for 0 and lost Swapnil Asnodkar and Sagun Kamat in the first eight overs of the day. Amogh Desai and Rohit Asnodkar put on a stand of 105 for the third wicket, before Desai fell for 71 to Ravi Kiran. Rohit was accompanied by Keenan Vaz as he scored his second first-class hundred and took the team past 250. But Ravi Kiran broke the stand and dismissed both the established batsmen in consecutive overs to reduce Goa from 254 for 3 to 273 for 5.

Kerala 151 and 306 for 4 (Surendran 83, Samson 66, Baby 54*) lead Maharashtra 314 (Khadiwale 97, Manoharan 4-60) by 143 runs

Half-centuries from Nikhilesh Surendran, Sanju Samson and Sachin Baby put Kerala in a strong position as they ended the day with a lead of 143, with six wickets in hand.

Kerala were trailing by 140 runs when they resumed on 23 for 0 but opener VA Jagadeesh fell soon for 23. Surendran and Samson brought up a strong stand of 156 but Samson's run-out for 66 ended the partnership. Surendran also fell two overs later, falling short of a hundred by 17 runs. With the wicket of Rohan Prem for 14, Kerala became 225 for 4 before Baby (54*) and Robert Fernandez (29 off 116) steered them till stumps with a partnership of 81.