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Seven second-innings ducks for Chhattisgarh

There was finally a cause for celebration in the Goa camp this season BCCI

Goa spinners Shadab Jakati and Darshan Misal ran through the Chhattisgarh batting line-up before reaching their target of 91 to clinch an eight-wicket victory in Cuttack. In an innings that had as many as seven ducks, the joint-most in a single Ranji Trophy innings, Chhattisgarh slumped from 148 for 3 to 162 all out, with opener Sahil Gupta top-scoring with 82. Samar Dubhashi steered Goa's chase with an unbeaten 41 to deliver their first win of the season. Chhattisgarh, who started with a victory, slumped to their second successive loss which left them in the bottom half of the pool.

At the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Robin Bist steered Himachal Pradesh to a five-wicket win over Jammu and Kashmir with an unbeaten half-century. J&K had conceded a first-innings lead of 208, but put up an improved show in their second innings, ending the day on 337 for 4. Puneet Bisht, who resumed on 33, and Mithun Manhas, unbeaten on 18, scored 41 and 28 respectively, while Samiullah Beigh chipped in with 46 before J&K's innings ended on 417. Bipul Sharma, the left-arm spinner, took 4 for 97. Set 210, Prashant Chopra (43) and Ankit Kalsi (47) repaired Himachal's innings after the early loss of Ankush Bains for 8, before Bist, who walked in at 91 for 3, took them over the line with 52 off 67 balls.

Andhra squandered a strong start to concede the first-innings lead in their drawn match against Services at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, owing to offspinner Azaruddin Bloch's maiden five-wicket haul in his third match. Andhra had ended the third day on 177 for 1 in reply to Services' 446, with Prasanth Kumar on 90 and KR Sreekanth unbeaten on 24. Sreekanth was dismissed on the same score in the first over of the day. Thereafter, Hanuma Vihari, who had retired hurt on 18, returned and added 57 with Prasanth, before being stumped for 54 off Bloch. Prasanth completed his century, scoring 110, but the rest of Andhra's batsmen, with the exception of AG Pradeep (76) were dismissed for sin gle-digit scores. Bloch ended with 5 for 92. Services raced away to 27 for no loss in six overs before stumps were drawn.

Nitin Saini's career-best 152 not out studded Haryana's dominant batting display, but they conceded first-innings points to Kerala at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Kerala had responded to Haryana's first-innings 303 with 404 for 9 declared. Haryana then ended the third day on 6 for no loss. They ended the final day on 315 for 3, with Saini sharing partnerships of 145 for the third wicket with Rajat Paliwal (75) and Mohit Hooda (50 not out).