Services maintain lead at top
A round-up of the third day of the sixth round of Ranji Trophy Group C matches
Services 473 (Yashpal 166*, Chaterjee 103, Jakati 4-100) and 99 for 2 (Gupta 62*, Bandekar 1-7) drew with Goa 381 (Asnodkar 83, Shukla 78, Yashpal 4-12)
Services dismissed the last five Goa batsmen in time to take the points for first-innings lead in Porvorim and maintain their position at the top of the Group C table.
They broke the 119-run fourth-wicket partnership between Ravikant Shukla and Rohit Asnodkar in the first over of the day and then took the remaining four wickets for 60 runs. Continuing with his overnight score of 52, Asnodkar added another 31 which took the team total to 381 in reply to Services' 473. Right-arm medium bowler Yashpal Singh finished with figures of 4 for 12.
Services came out to bat for 39 overs in the second innings and were 99 for 2 when the match ended in a draw.
Assam 354 (Das 90, Sinha 53, Dhawan 4-60) drew with Himachal Pradesh 316 for 5 (Dhawan 114*, Bhalaik 57*, Mohammad 2-62)
Himachal Pradesh and Assam ended up sharing one point each after only 50 overs were possible on the last day of the Group C tie in Guwahati. Himachal started the day 158 behind Assam's first innings total, lost only one wicket and ended the day on 316 for 5, only 38 short of Assam's total. Amit Kumar was out in the 10th over of the day, but Rishi Dhawan and Aatish Bhalaik shared an unbeaten 143-run stand.
Allrounder Dhawan continued his good form scoring his third century of the season and taking his total to 460 runs. He earlier took four wickets in the match which made him the highest wicket-taker of the season so far with 32 wickets.
Jammu & Kashmir 215 (ID Singh 117*, Shahid 8-51) and 151 (Prasanth 5-16) beat Kerala 163 (Rasool 3-66, Mudhasir 3-15) and 129 (Rasool 5-43, Gupta 5-26) by 74 runs
Seventeen wickets fell on the third day at Malappuram and at the end of it Jammu & Kashmir had beaten Kerala by 74 runs. It was the first time J&K had won a second Ranji Trophy match in a season since 2000-01.
The day had begun with J&K on 68 for 3 in their second innings, leading by 120. They were dismissed for 151. Padmanabhan Prasanth took 5 for 16 in 14.4 overs, while KR Sreejith claimed 3 for 56.
Chasing a target of 204, Kerala had reached 44 for 0 before they began to collapse. They lost five wickets for 21 runs, and their last four wickets for 15. Apart from the openers, no one else got past 20 and Kerala were dismissed for 129. Parvez Rasool took 5 for 43 in 18 overs and Manik Gupta claimed 5 for 26 in 9.4