Rishi Dhawan's best makes Tripura follow on
Tripura 346 and 20 for 0 (f/o) (Ghosh 9*,Singha 6*) trail Himachal Pradesh 535/5 dec
Himachal Pradesh allrounder Rishi Dhawan took a career-best 7 for 93 as Tripura made 346, but it wasn't enough to avoid the follow-on.
Tripura began on 143 for 2 and 18-year old opener Bishal Ghosh went on from his overnight 81 to make his maiden first-class century, an innings that included 15 fours. However, he was struck down by Dhawan immediately.
After losing three wickets for nine runs to be 193 for 6, Tripura's final five batsmen mustered 139 runs, with their No. 10 Rana Dutta scoring 43 off 68 balls with six fours. He was left unbeaten as Dhawan wrapped up the tail in his 30th over.
Tripura's opener's were left 17 overs to bat and they played them out very cautiously, making only 20 runs. Ghosh is unbeaten on 9 off 37 balls while his opening partner Singha faced 66 deliveries for his 6.
Goa 215 and 161 for 5 (f/o) (Vaz 23*, Dongre 1*, Quadri 3-51) trail Jharkand 385 by nine runs
Jharkhand legspinner Samar Quadri picked up eight wickets, and a run-out on the third day after Goa were made to follow-on in Porvorim.
The hosts' lower-middle order kept getting starts but none of them could push on as they were bowled out for 215 as Quadri finished with 4 for 64.
Goa's batting gained better structure in their second innings despite Amogh Desai having to retire hurt on 12. Swapnil Asnodkar, the captain, and Sagun Kamat progressed steadily and the score was 77 for 0 in 20 overs before Quadri made his impact.
He removed Kamat for 36, then Asnodkar for 38 and ran-out Desai after he returned to bat for 26 to initiate a wobble. At stumps, Goa required nine runs to take the lead, with five wickets in hand. Wicketkeeper Keenan Vaz and Suraj Dongre are batting on 23 and 1 respectively.
Andhra 137 and 116 for 6 (Pradeep 32, Purkayastha 3-40) trail Assam 312 (Purkayastha 108*, Syed Mohammad 66, Naren Reddy 4/62) by 59 runs
Swarupam Purkayastha, batting at No. 8, struck his maiden first-class century and lifted Assam to 312 from their overnight score of 199 for 6, before striking thrice with the ball and leaving Andhra on 116 for 6 in their second innings.
Assam began pulling away when Syed Mohammad and Purkayastha extended their partnership to 134 runs. Purkayastha stroked 14 fours and 3 sixes during his undefeated 108 off 248 balls while Mohammad made his seventh first-class fifty. Naren Reddy was Andhra's best bowler, with 4 for 62.
Andhra's reply had begun well, with an opening stand of 48, but losing three wickets in as many overs meant that they slipped to 50 for 3. Captain Mohammad Kaif and AG Pradeep mounted a brief resistance with a 46-run association to trim Assam's first-innings lead of 175 before Pradeep was undone by Mohammad, who finished the day with figures of 9-5-8-2.
Purkayastha, having taken five successive five-wicket hauls, might be thinking of another, having picked up 3 for 40. He has 35 dismissals so far, joined with Rishi Dhawan as the second highest wicket-taker for the season.
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