Jakati fires Goa to first win of the season
Goa 257 (Misal 62, Dutta 4-44) and 50 for 1 beat Tripura 61 (Rituraj Singh 3-17, Jakati 2-14) and 245 (Murasingh 104, Jakati 5-54) by 9 wickets
Shadab Jakati starred with the ball as Goa crushed Tripura by nine wickets inside three days in Porvorim to earn their first win of the season. They achieved the 50-run target for the loss of Swapnil Asnodkar, which meant they were denied a bonus point.
Tripura, who still had to wipe out 56 runs to make Goa bat again, started the day at 140 for 6. Manisankar Murasingh, overnight on 36, completed his maiden first-class century to keep the Goa bowlers at bay in the first session. He found good support from Rana Dutta (29) as the duo shared an 87-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Jakati, the left-arm spinner, broke the stand and then cleaned up the tail to finish with figures of 5 for 54 to take his match tally to seven wickets. Goa then took 25.1 overs to achieve their modest target, with Amogh Desai and Sagun Kamath crossing the finish line.
Himachal Pradesh 402 for 5 (Bains 161, Bist 91*, CV Milind 3-106) trail Hyderabad 434 by 32 runs
Ankush Bains struck a career-best 161 to put Himachal Pradesh within touching distance of a first-innings lead against Hyderabad in Dharamsala. HP, who resumed on 84 for 0, ended the day at 402 for 5, trailing by only 32 runs.
Bains was well complemented by Robin Bist (91* off 154 balls) during the course of their 132-run fourth-wicket stand. There were brought together by left-arm seamer CV Milind taking two wickets in two balls to take the score from 195 for 1 to 195 for 3.
The see-saw nature of proceedings did not stop there. Hyderabad removed the well-set Bains and Nikhil Gangta in successive overs. But Rishi Dhawan, who needed 76 runs to achieve the double of 2000 runs and 200 first-class wickets, then resisted with an unbeaten 48 in the company of Bist to give HP a chance to press for three points.
Kerala 148 and 71 for 1 (Kodoth 37*) need another 246 runs to beat Jharkhand 202 and 262 (Kishan 58, Tiwary 46, Monish 5-66)
Kerala were faced with a mountain to climb in order to secure their first win of the season, after Jharkhand set them an imposing target of 317. They ended the day at 71 for 1, with Akshay Kodoth and Rohan Prem at the crease.
Kerala, who conceded a 54-run lead, hit back courtesy KS Monish, the left-arm spinner, who took 5 for 66 to trigger a lower order collapse. As a result, Jharkhand slipped from a comfortable 199 for 4 to 262 all out. Ishan Kishan, the 17-year old wicketkeeper-batsman, made 58 while Saurabh Tiwary and Kaushal Singh contributed 46 and 44 not out respectively.