Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Group C, 5th round, 1st day January 5, 2015

Dhawan five-for limits Kerala to 196

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Himachal Pradesh 11 for 0 trail Kerala 196 (Gomez 32, Thampi 32, Dhawan 5-57) by 185 runs
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Led by Rishi Dhawan's 5 for 57, Himachal Pradesh bundled Kerala out for 196 in Dharamsala. The Himachal openers reached 11 for 0 by the end of the day.

Dhawan was responsible for breaking key partnerships during his five-for, beginning with the openers N Surendran and KB Pawan, whom he dismissed in successive overs after they had added 32. A 34-run, third-wicket partnership between Sanju Samson and Amit Verma threatened to restore stability before Dhawan had Samson caught behind for 30 and he broke another important stand with the wickets of Raiphi Gomez and Karaparambil Monish. From 139 for 8, Kerala climbed to 196 thanks to a stubborn, ninth-wicket 50-run partnership between Basil Thampi and Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan.

Jharkhand 215 for 9 (Munda 63, Stephen 3-43) v Andhra
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Jharkhand slid from a promising 160 for 2 to 215 for 9 on the opening day against Andhra in Vizianagram.

Jharkhand's top four all got starts after they were put in to bat and debutant opener Prakash Munda went on to score 63 off 142 balls. Once Virat Singh fell for 31, however, with the score at 160 for 2, Jharkhand collapsed, losing seven wickets for 49 runs before ending the day at 215 for 9. Except Prasanth Kumar, all Andhra bowlers picked up wickets. CV Stephen was the most successful bowler for Andhra with 3 for 43 in 15 overs.

Services 102 for 8 (Nakul 32, Arup Das 4-34, Krishna Das 3-21) v Assam
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Assam's medium-pacers Arup Das and Krishna Das took seven wickets between them to leave Services tottering at 102 for 8 in Guwahati.

Fog delayed the start of the day's play until the third session and Services struggled upfront after opting to bat. Arup Das wrecked the top order, picking up four of the first five wickets as Services moved from 28 for 0 to 47 for 5 in eight overs. Arup finished the day with 4 for 34 and Krishna Das chipped in with three late wickets, including that of Services' top-scorer Nakul Sharma (32).

Hyderabad 116 for 1 (Akshath Reddy 66*) trail Tripura 184 (Acharjee 55, Murasingh 44, Ahmed 5-53, Milind 3-56)
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Anwar Ahmed's 5 for 53 and Chama Milind's 3 for 56 limited Tripura to 184 on the first day in Agartala, and that score would have been much lower were it not important contributions Kaushal Acharjee and Manisankar Murasingh.

Hyderabad's bowlers, led by Milind and Ahmed, had reduced Tripura to 68 for 6 before Acharjee and Murasingh added 83 important runs for the seventh wicket. Murasingh was dismissed for 44 off 46 balls with seven fours, while Acharjee struck 11 fours in his 55.

Akshath Reddy led Hyderabad's reply, helping them finish at a promising 116 for 1 with his unbeaten 66 and a 114-run opening partnership with Tanmay Agarwal.

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