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Gangta ton lifts Himachal Pradesh into lead

Himachal Pradesh 300 for 5 (Gangta 111*, Bist 66, Dayal 2-63) lead Jammu & Kashmir 293 (Rasool 114*, Rishi Dhawan 4-107) by seven runs
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A century from Nikhil Gangta powered Himachal Pradesh into an innings lead against Jammu & Kashmir in Dharamsala. J&K could add only 19 runs to their overnight score of 274 for 8 before being bundled out 4.5 overs into the day, leaving Parvez Rasool unbeaten on 114. The visitors, however, immediately fought back, strikes from Rasool and medium-pacer Umar Nazir Mir reducing Himachal to 77 for 4. Gangta and Robin Bist led a counterattack, batting together for 44 overs to string a 157-run partnership, helping the team to 300. Bist hit seven fours for his 66, but was trapped lbw by Ram Dayal towards the end of the day. Gangta was not out on 111, with 12 fours and five sixes, when stumps were called.

Hyderabad 40 for 1 trail Kerala 401 (Prem 208, Jagadeesh 42,Bhandari 5 for 72) by 361 runs
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Rohan Prem made his maiden first-class double century, which contributed to more than half of Kerala's total. Prem, who began the second day on 106, added another 102 runs before he was the eighth batsman dismissed. Prem had good support from Raiphi Gomez (41), Monish Karaparambil (37) and Fabid Ahmed (37) as Kerala built solidly but slowly. Legspinner Akash Bhandari collected his second five-wicket haul in first-class cricket but by then Kerala had reached 400.

Karaparambil further strengthened Kerala's advantage by nipping out Hyderabad opener Tanmay Agarwal for 6. Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari, though, survived till stumps, with Hyderabad finishing at 40 for 1.

Goa 63 for 2 trail Services 402 ( Paliwal 93, Gupta 89, Jakati 3-80) by 340 runs
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Resuming on 230 for 3, Services posted 402, with No. 6 Sufiyan Alam becoming the fourth half-centurion for his side. He was aided by handy contributions from Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (23) and Diwesh Pathania (26) after overnight batsman Rajat Pailiwal added 36 runs to his tally. Paliwal was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Darshan Misal and in the following over Shahshank Sharma fell to Shadab Jakati. Alam struck seven fours before he became the first of pacer Rituraj Singh's three victims.

In reply, Goa lost opener Amogh Desai in the first over when he was out lbw to Diwesh Pathania before tea. Swapnil Asnodkar and Sagun Kamat managed to grind out 32 together before Poonam Poonia struck to remove Kamat for 24. Asnodkar and Dheeraj Jadhav, however, ensured that the hosts ended the day without any further damage. Goa still trail Services by 340 runs.

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