Dogra ton helps Himachal dominate
Himachal Pradesh 314 for 4 (Dogra 106*,Dhawan 64*) v Tripura
Paras Dogra (106*) struck his third hundred of the season to guide Himachal Pradesh to a solid 314 for 4 on the opening day against Tripura in Agartala. Ankit Kalsi (63) and Rishi Dhawan chipped in with fifties, with the latter's 64 not out contributing to an unbroken 117- run, fifth-wicket partnership with Dogra. Himachal lost opener Karanveer Singh in the fifth over of the day before the rest of the line-up managed to stitch significant stands, with four fifty-plus partnerships. Dogra, who had scored 230* and 166 earlier in the season, added 56 and 75 with Kalsi and Rashmi Parida respectively before his century stand with Dhawan. Dogra's 145-ball stay at the crease had 10 fours and three sixes, while Dhawan struck 10 fours and a six.
Jharkhand 229 for 2 (Tiwary 100*, Gautam 72*) v Goa
Saurabh Tiwary's second hundred on the trot and his unbeaten 159-run third-wicket partnership with Shiv Gautam led Jharkhand to a promising 229 for 2 against Goa in Porvorim. Jharkhand opted to bat first and had lost both their openers with the score at 70 in the 26th over. Tiwary and Gautam then thwarted the Goa bowlers, patiently consolidating the innings. Tiwary hit nine fours and three sixes on his way to 100 not out off 168 deliveries, his third century of the season. Gautam - playing his first first-class match since November 2013 - was unbeaten on 72 off 269 balls with eight fours.
Assam 32 for 1 trail Andhra 137 (Kaif 60, Arup 4-24, Purkayastha 3-35) by 105 runs
Medium-pacer Arup Das' four-wicket haul and offspinner Swarupam Purkayastha's 3 for 35 helped Assam bundle Andhra out for 137 on the first day in Guwahati. Andhra captain Mohammad Kaif was the only batsman in his side to cross an individual score of 20 and his 60 propped up the innings. Das - who finished with 4 for 24 in 17 overs - struck early after Assam opted to bowl, reducing Andhra to 24 for 3 and the rest of the bowlers built on his efforts. Assam lost opener Pallavkumar Das in their reply and reached 32 for 1 by close of play.
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