Andhra batsman sneak out a draw
A wrap of the fourth day of the eighth round of Ranji Trophy matches in Group C
Jammu and Kashmir 175 (Dayal 35*, Malik 5-41) and 248 (Rassol 83, Dayal 71) drew with Himachal Pradesh 189 (Bhalaik 40, Dayal 6-50) and 189 for 2 (Karanveer 88*, Dogra 43*)
The fog in Jammu deprived Himachal Pradesh of an outright victory in their game against Jammu and Kashmir at the Gandhi Memorial Science College Ground. HP began the day on 32 for 1, chasing 235 for victory but were only able to get as far as 189 for 2. Aakash Chopra made 50, and Karanveer Singh and Paras Dogra were unbeaten on 88 and 43 respectively, having added 108 for the third wicket. Fog affected play in the morning session and returned in the final session as well. HP were on 159 for 2 at tea, and could only score 30 more runs before the weather left its impact with them 46 short of victory. HP picked up three points, owing to their first-innings lead.
Andhra 249 (Muzumdar 108*, B Sumanth 57, Arup Das 4-61) and 229 for 7 (Prasanth 83, Konwar 4-46) drew with Assam 394 for 5 dec (Tarjinder 103*, Roy 77, Jadhav 60)
Assam caught up with Andhra on the points table with three points for the first-innings lead after the match in Guwahati ended in a draw. The last day of the match featured some stubborn resistance from the Andhra batsmen. Andhra started the day 135 runs behind Assam and lost four wickets - including first innings' centurion Amol Muzumdar - by the 44th over, 44 behind Assam. With almost half the day remaining, Assam sensed a win. However, obdurate opener Prasanth Kumar and Rajesh Pawar thwarted the Assam attack for the next 35 overs, the 86-run stand effectively closing out the possibility of result for Assam. Prasanth played out 247 balls for his 83 and was out in the 79th over. Arlen Konwar, Assam offspinner, reached 200 first-class wickets.
Tripura 278 (Dey 76, Chowdhary 57, Gadekar 4-72, Bandekar 4-90) drew with Goa 116 for 6 (Pinto 40, Murasingh 3-36) trail
Tripura drew their Group C match against Goa in Agartala as only 13 overs were possible on the last day after a delayed start. In that time Goa scored 52 runs and lost two wickets, with Manisankar Murasingh picking up three wickets in the innings. The match was marred by bad weather as the first day was completely washed out. The two teams earned a point each are two of the last three teams in the group.