Services start strongly after Dogra's record double
Services 105 for 0 (Chatterjee 57*, Gupta 46*) trail Himachal 531 (Dogra 227, Gangta 98, Pathania 3-108) by 426 runs
Paras Dogra struck 227, equalling Ajay Sharma's record for most double centuries (7) in Ranji Trophy history, to propel Himachal Pradesh to 531, but Railways began positively in their reply. They shaved 105 runs off the deficit in 39 overs, with all ten wickets in the bag, by stumps on the second day in Dharamsala.
Soumik Chatterjee was the more dominant partner in the strong opening stand, hitting eight fours during his 57.
Earlier in the day, Nikhil Gangta added only five runs to his overnight tally before he was dismissed for 98. However, Dogra kicked on, and No.8 Bipul Sharma hit a 103-ball 74, before he was the last man out. Seamer Diwesh Pathania finished with three wickets but was among three bowlers to have conceded over 100 runs.
Tripura 119 for 2 (Bose 52, Warrier 1-34) trail Kerala 347 (Prem 118, Baby 70, Dutta 5-50) by 228 runs
Rohan Prem's third century in four games formed the backbone of Kerala's 347 but Tripura hit back, reaching 119 for 2 with opener Udiyan Bose making 52 before he was forced to retire hurt in the 28th over.
Tripura, though, had suffered an early dent, when Sandeep Warrier had Arindam Das nicking behind for a 12-ball duck. Bose and Nirupam Sen Chowdhary then took their side past the 100-mark before the latter was run out for 36. Tripura had another scare when Bose retired hurt but Parvinder Singh (11*) and Manisankar Murasingh (17*) guided the visitors to stumps in Mallapuram without any further damage.
Earlier, Prem was firm for Kerala and helpful knocks from Robert Fernandez (37), Akshay Chandran (41*), and MD Nidheesh (34) pushed Kerala past 300. Rana Dutta was the chief wicket-taker for Tripura, claiming figures of 5 for 50 in 21.5 overs.
Saurashtra 224 for 8 (Barot 56, Rituraj 4-57) trail Goa 239 by 15 runs
Saurashtra suffered a middle-order meltdown but their opening stand of 59 and handy lower-order contributions left Goa's chances of a first-innings lead in the balance.
Mohsin Dodia and Avi Barot gave Saurashtra a solid base only for the middle order to toss it away. From 94 for 1, Saurashtra slipped to 116 for 4, before Sheldon Jackson and Arpit Vasavada made 38 each to help their team recover despite a four-wicket haul from pacer Rituraj Singh.
Kamlesh Makvana pitched in with an unbeaten 27 and No.10 Jaydev Unadkat hung on as Saurashtra inched closer to first-innings points.
Jammu & Kashmir 17 for 1 trail Jharkand 551 for 8 dec (Anand 124, Kishan 109, Rasool 3-127) by 534 runs
Jharkhand continued to pile on the runs in Jamshedpur with five of their batsman whipping up fifty-plus scores. While Ishan Kishan and Anand Singh made hundreds on the first day, Ishank Jaggi looked set to become the third centurion of the innings on the second day until he was dismissed by left-arm spinner Waseem Raza for 93.
Saurabh Tiwary and No.7 Kaushal Singh also hit fifties to lead Jharkand to 551. At the fall of Kaushal's wicket, captain Shahbaz Nadeem declared the innings, after which he nipped out Jammu & Kashmir opener Shubham Khajuria for 6.