Arindam, Parvinder tons help Tripura salvage draw
Goa 324 (Kamat 163, Kauthankar 74, Dhawan 6-108) and 367 for 6 declared (Kauthankar 101, Asnodkar 72) drew with Himachal Pradesh 376 (Dogra 167, Parameswaran 5-87) and 125 for 2 (Prashant Chopra 60)
Goa and Himachal Pradesh had to settle for a draw in Dharamsala, but the hosts ended the happier of the two sides, having picked up three points due to a first-innings lead. Goa, who began the day at 182 for 3, were buoyed by a century from Snehal Kauthankar (101), who strung together big stands with Darshan Misal (44) and Dheeraj Jadhav (50*), helping the team to 367 for 6 after which they declared. It set Himachal Pradesh a target of 316, but with less than 40 overs left in the day, the chances of an outright win for either team were slim. Himachal Pradesh managed their way to 125 for 2 in 30 overs before stumps were called, thanks to an opening stand of 107 between Ankush Bains and Prashant Chopra (60).
Jammu & Kashmir 428 (Rasool 130, Manhas 96) and 163 for 3 declared (Bandeep 51*) drew with Tripura 224 (Parvinder 60, Dayal 4-51) and 243 for 2 (Arindam 106*, Parvinder 100)
Centuries from Arindam Das and Parvinder Singh ensured Tripura batted throughout the day to secure a draw against Jammu & Kashmir in Agartala. The result meant J&K had to settle for just three first-innings points, rather than the six they would have got from an outright win. Having set a target of 368 after declaring overnight, J&K had more than 90 overs to try and bowl Tripura out. However, after losing Rajib Saha and Udiyan Bose early in the day, Arindam and Parvinder held firm, batting together for 68 overs. Arindam hit 11 fours and a six for his 106, while Parvinder's 100 featured nine fours. The pair's unbroken 194-run stand took Tripura to 243 for 2 before stumps were called.
Kerala 322 (Prem 101, Jagadeesh 59) and 176 for 3 declared (Kodoth 72) drew with Services 319 (Anshul 68, Chauhan 56, Prem 4-44) and 43 for 4 (Baby 3-24)
Kerala's spinners Karaparambil Monish and Rohan Prem picked up four wickets apiece, helping the team to a three-run innings lead, and as a result, three crucial points from their drawn game against Services in Delhi. Services, who began the day at 281 for 7 still adrift of Kerala's first-innings total by 41 runs, were pushed forward by a half-century from Muzzaffaruddin Khalid. However, Khalid received little support from the tailenders, as Services were bowled out for 319 and fell just short of an innings lead.
Kerala could have settled for just the innings points, but the visitors pressed on for an outright win, as a 72 from Akshay Kodoth led the team to 176 in their second innings, after which they declared. His knock set Services a target of 180, but Kerala had just 18 overs to bowl the hosts out. A three-wicket burst from Sachin Baby reduced Services to 43 for 4, but Kerala ran out time to push on for victory.