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Chhattisgarh fight back after Rituraj's six-for

File photo - Paras Dogra headlined Himachal Pradesh's dominant batting display against Jammu & Kashmir ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Right-arm medium pacer Rituraj Singh bagged 6 for 60 as Chhattisgarh squandered a strong start to be bowled out for 198 against Goa. But their bowlers fought back to reduce Goa to 127 for 6 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. Chhattisgarh had put up 103 for 2 on a curtailed first day when only 38.2 overs were bowled. Amandeep Khare, resuming on 58, was dismissed nine balls into the day, after adding just two more runs. Only Ashutosh Singh made a mark among the batsmen that followed, striking an unbeaten 55.

Goa were reeling at 70 for 6, before Samar Dubhashi and Shadab Jakati got together for an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 57. Dubhashi was not out on 38 and Jakati was batting on 29 when stumps were drawn. Kant Singh, the right-arm medium pacer, led Chhattisgarh's charge, picking up three wickets.

Over at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Himachal Pradesh took a 208-run first-innings lead over Jammu & Kashmir, courtesy half-centuries from Ankit Kalsi, Paras Dogra and captain Rishi Dhawan. J&K had been bowled out for 162 on the opening day after they opted to make first use of the surface. Himachal ended the day on 58 for the loss of their openers. Kalsi, who resumed on 25, and Dogra, who resumed on 3, shared 88 runs for the third wicket. Kalsi was dismissed for 54, while Dogra carried on and top scored with 89. Himachal were also boosted by some solid contributions from the middle and lower-middle order. Dhawan stayed not out on 79. Aamir Aziz, the left-arm spinner, took 4 for 56, and J&K captain Parvez Rasool returned 3 for 69. J&K responded with 39 for no loss in their second innings, with both their openers, Shubham Khajuria and Umar Nazir unbeaten on identical scores of 17. J&K are behind by 169 runs.

At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Haryana's lower order produced a late surge to lift the team to 303 in their first innings against Kerala. Kerala responded strongly, however, ending the day on 170 for 1. Haryana had been reduced to 188 for 8 on the opening day, before Rohit Sharma and Sanjay Pahal shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 39. That partnership extended to 109 runs, with No. 10 Pahal hitting his maiden half-century in his sixth match. Pahal was dismissed for 54, before Rohit was caught and bowled by right-arm medium pacer Sandeep Warrier eight short of a century. Warrier took 5 for 79.

Vishnu Vinod dominated in Kerala's reply, striking 58 in an opening stand of 72 with Bhavin Thakkar. After Vishnu's dismissal, Kerala captain Rohan Prem joined Thakkar for a second-wicket stand that has realised 98 so far. Prem was unbeaten on 51, and Thakkar was on 56, having faced 176 balls.

Shamsher Yadav struck his second first-class century, while Rahul Singh was closing in on his second ton as Services piled on 400 for 8 against Andhra at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Services had crawled to 170 for 3 in 90 overs on the opening day, with Shamsher unbeaten on 60. Rahul joined Shamsher with Services on 250 for 5 and added 107 for the sixth wicket. Shamsher finished with a career-best 136 in his seventh first-class match, while Rahul, playing his fifth game, ended the day not out on 95.

The Hyderabad v Tripura match in Delhi was called off without a ball bowled due to smog.