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Kerala fight back after narrow first-innings deficit

A round-up of the second day's play of the fourth-round matches of the Ranji Trophy Plate League, 2007-08

Cricinfo staff
Kerala 179 and 57 for 0 lead Tripura 185 (Dutta 48, Chandran 3-28) by 51 runs
Kerala conceded a narrow first-innings lead to Tripura, but they made a solid start in the second innings to pull things back. Without any loss of wickets, they had put up 57 runs in their second innings before stumps.
Earlier, starting the day at 27 for 0, Tripura lost wickets in a hurry - seven of them - for 58 runs. A 91-run eighth-wicket partnership between wicketkeeper Rajib Dutta and Tushar Saha took Tripura close to kerala's total. Dutta scored 48 and Saha 47. For Kerala P Chandran, S Anish and Sony Cheruvathur took three wickets each.
Assam 92 for 3 (Suresh 40*, Rakesh Kumar 2-34) trail Services 406 (Mohanty 57, K Das 4-81) by 314 runs
Assam lost three quick wickets towards the end of the day as Services, who had earlier taken their innings to 406, pressed home their advantage. Although Services lost two quick wickets in the morning after starting the day on 272 for 5, Ashish Mohanty and Surender Patwal added 86 for the eighth wicket to put Services in charge. Mohanty scored 57 and Patwal 34. Kushaljit Das took four wickets for Assam.
Assam had made a good start as S Suresh and Palash Das made Services wait for 18 overs for the first wicket. But then three came in the space of 16 runs, Rakesh Kumar taking two in three overs.
Jammu & Kashmir 92 for 5 (Bhatt 52, Billa 3-32) trail Haryana 404 (Rana 132, Viswanathan 65, Beigh 4-99, Vijay Sharma 4-107) by 312 runs
Haryana dismissed half the Jammu & Kashmir side for 92 after they had posted 404 to tighten their hold over the match. Jitender Billa, in his second first-class match, struck thrice to leave J&K reeling, despite a half-century by Arshad Bhatt.
Earlier overnight batsmen Sachin Rana and SS Viswanathan strengthened Haryana's position before Amit Mishra scored 54 to take them past 400. Rana scored 132 and Viswanathan 65.
Jharkhand 213 for 1 (Vardhan 113, Ghosh 57) trail Goa 336 (Angle 45) by 123 runs
Manish Vardhan, the Jharkhand captain, scored an unbeaten century to take Jharkhand to 213 for 1 and to give them every chance to secure a first-innings lead against Goa's 336. Vardhan batted at a fast pace, hitting 15 boundaries in his 157-ball 113. He was supported well by opening partner Subroto Ghosh who scored 57. For the first wicket, the duo added 103 runs.
Earlier, thanks to Aditya Angle's cameo, Goa took their overnight 251 for 7 to 336. Angle scored 45 off 60 deliveries 50 runs for the last wicket with Harshad Gadekar.
Vidarbha 189 for 4 (Jangid 57*, Parmar 2-44) trail Gujarat 312 (Hashim 4-63) by 123 runs
Vidarbha took the last five Gujarat wickets for 40 runs and their batsmen turned in a steady performance to put them in a position from where they can go for the first-innings lead. Gujarat could add only 42 to their overnight 270 for 5 as Mohammad Hashim took four of the wickets to fall today to finish with figures of 4-63.
After Vidarbha lost their first wicket for one, Faiz Fazal put them on the recovery track. Ravi Jangid, making his first-class debut, came in at 84 for 3 and scored an unbeaten half-century to see Vidarbha attain the upper-hand in the match.
Madhya Pradesh 50 for 0 trail Railways 464 (Ali 88, Karan Sharma 61, Pandey 3-94) by 414 runs
The Railways lower-order frustrated Madhya Pradesh, and added 208 runs resuming from 256 for 5. Raja Ali and Karan Sharma scored half-centuries and Mahesh Rawat added 25 to his overnight 50. Ali missed his century by 12 runs and Sharma scored 61. Sanjay Pandey took three of the five wickets to fall today to add respectability to his figures.
In reply, MP made a steady start as they finished the day at 50 without loss.