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Debutant Ashutosh's ton puts Chhattisgarh ahead

File photo - Akshath Reddy struck his 11th first-class ton to lift Hyderabad PTI

Group C

Ashutosh Singh stood out with 140 on first-class debut as Chhattisgarh consolidated their position with a 137-run lead at stumps against Tripura in Ranchi.

The overnight batsmen - Ashutosh and Mohammad Kaif - extended their partnership to 62, before seamer Abhijit Dey removed Kaif for 27. Dey then dismissed Ajay Mandal for 5 and reduced Chhattisgarh to 124 for 5 en route to career-best figures of 4 for 26.

Ashutosh, however, held the innings together. He struck 16 boundaries and a six and took his team to 255, before he was the last man dismissed. Dey was supported by Rana Dutta, who claimed 3 for 39. Tripura closed the day at 10 for 0.

Opener Akshath Reddy's 11th first-class ton gave Hyderabad the first-innings advantage against Goa in Nagpur. In reply to Goa's 164, Hyderabad progressed to 188 for 4 at stumps on the second day. Reddy was unbeaten on 105 with Bavanaka Sandeep for company.

Having started the day at 28 for 1, Hyderabad lost Vishal Sharma to seamer Rituraj Singh for the addition for just five runs. Rituraj struck again when he dismissed B Anirudh for 5 to leave Hyderabad at 49 for 3 in the 20th over.

Reddy and captain S Badrinath, who was playing at his former home ground, put on 90 runs for the fourth wicket to revive their team's hopes. Left-arm spinner Darshan Misal broke the partnereship when he had Badrinath stumped for 41, but Reddy and Sandeep pushed Hyderabad towards 200.

Haryana dismissed Services for 197 and then sliced 117 runs off the deficit for the loss of three wickets at Bradbourne Stadium in Mumbai.

After Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Rajat Paliwal shared most of the wickets, opener Shubham Rohilla drove Haryana with an unbeaten half-century. He added 52 runs for the first wicket with Nitin Saini before debutant left-arm spinner Vikas Yadav struck to remove Saini (25) and Chaitanya Bishnoi (7) quickly. Yadav then got rid of Himanshu Rana (18) off the last ball of the day to finish with 3 for 31 in 10 overs.

Earlier, Services added 54 to their overnight tally of 143 for 6 before being bowled out in 73 overs. Shamsher Yadav stayed unbeaten on 29 off 72 balls. Formerly of Railways, Paliwal applied the finishing touches for Haryana when he had No.11 Poonam Poonia caught by Rohit Sharma for 8.

Only 7.2 overs were possible on the second day in Kalyani as Kerala moved to 282 for 7 from an overnight 263 for 7 against Jammu & Kashmir. Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 142 off 277 balls, including 22 fours and a six.

Rain wiped out the second day's play between Himachal Pradesh and Andhra in Bhubaneswar. Centuries from Prashant Chopra and Sumeet Verma had helped Himachal recover from 103 for 5 to 318 for 7 on the opening day. While Chopra (117) became medium-pacer Ashwin Hebbar's maiden first-class victim, Verma remained unbeaten on 116.