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Muzumdar, Sumanth shine for Andhra again

A round-up of the first day's play in the fourth round of Group C matches in the Ranji Trophy

Andhra 118 for 4 (Muzumdar 60*, Sumanth 41) trail Jammu and Kashmir 153 (Sahabuddin 5-53) by 35 runs
A five-wicket haul by Andhra fast bowler Syed Sahabuddin helped his team take a stranglehold against Jammu and Kashmir in Jammu. After Andhra bowled the hosts out for 153, middle-order batsmen Amol Muzumdar and B Sumanth put on another century partnership, their third in a row, to rescue Andhra when they had been reduced to 8 for 3. They held the upper hand at 118 for 4 on the first day.
Sahabuddin destroyed the J&K top order with the help of another seamer, Paidikalva Vijaikumar, who had taken 6 for 80 last week, and finished with figures of 5 for 53. When Andhra batted, Dayal and Sahil Sharma removed the first three batsmen cheaply, before the repair job. Muzumdar, who had scored two centuries in the previous two innings, remained unbeaten on 60.
Goa 281 for 4 (Kamat 107, Bisla 74) v Kerala
In Malappuram, Goa ended the first day in a strong position against Kerala after a century from opener Sagun Kamat, his second in 41 matches, and a half-century from wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla. After choosing to bat, Goa had lost two wickets for 55 runs, but Kamat and Bisla added 146 runs at 4.33 per over to lay the foundation for a strong innings. After losing two more wickets before stumps, Goa were 281 for 4. Bisla's innings of 74 was his third half-century in four innings.
Jharkhand 176 for 5 (Tiwary 65*, Gupta 58*, Dhawan 3-32) v Himachal Pradesh
Though Himachal Pradesh were effective as a bowling unit in the early half of the day, Jharkhand's No. 3 Saurabh Tiwary and middle-order batsman Sunny Gupta put up a slow resistance to take their team to 176 for 5 at stumps.
The pair added 120 runs for the sixth wicket at a run rate of 1.94 after seamers Rishi Dhawan and Vikramjeet Malik had reduced Jharkhand to 56 for 5 in the 29th over. Tiwary batted 247 deliveries to score an unbeaten 65, and Gupta took 201 deliveries to score an unbeaten 58.
Services 11 for 0 trail Assam 182 (Yadav 4-58) by 171 runs
Services were in control of the contest against Assam on the first day as seamer Suraj Yadav's four wickets helped them bowl Assam out for 182. A seventh-wicket partnership of 37 was the highest Assam could muster.
After Yadav dismissed the top order cheaply, the lower-order batsmen put up some resistance when Assam were in trouble at 93 for 6. Though Services batted five overs without losing a wicket, opener Pratik Desai retired hurt in the first over.