Jammu & Kashmir win two in a row
A round-up of the third day of the sixth round of Ranji Trophy Group C matches
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
Himachal Pradesh 158 for 4 (Chopra 55) trail Assam 354 (Das 90, Sinha 53, Dhawan 4-60) by 196 runs
No play was possible in the first session of day three in Guwahati because of bad light, and Assam had the better of the next two. They took four wickets in 45 overs and conceded only 96 runs.
Himachal Pradesh resumed their first innings on 62 for 0 and ended the day on 158 for 4, trailing Assam by 196 runs with six wickets in hand. Aakash Chopra scored 55 off 193 balls and was out stumped. Amit Kumar remained not out on 20 off 81 balls. Assam's new-ball bowlers Abu Nechim and Arup Das bowled a total of 53 overs and conceded only 83 runs for two wickets.
Goa 312 for 5 (Swapnil Asnodkar 74, Shukla 78*, Rohit Asnodkar 52*) trail Services 473 (Chatarjee 103, Yashpal 166*, Jakati 4-100) by 161 runs
Half-centuries from Ravikant Shukla, and Swapnil and Rohit Asnodkar, helped Goa score 248 runs for the loss of four wickets on the third day in Porvorim, giving them a fair chance of overtaking Services' first-innings score of 473. They need 161 more to take the lead.
Goa began the third day on 64 for 1, and Swapnil Asnodkar converted his overnight 17 into 74. The other top-order batsmen also got starts but did not convert them, and Goa slipped from 122 for 1 to 193 for 5. Avishek Sinha and Yashpal Singh took two wickets each for Services. Shukla and Rohit Asnodkar then repaired Goa's innings with an unbeaten 112-run stand for the sixth wicket and they ended the day on 312.