Haryana fought back after conceding the first innings lead to Andhra, reaching 138 for three while chasing 371 on the penultimate day of their Group C Ranji Trophy game at the Wankhede Stadium.
Young opener Shubham Rohilla was keeping Haryana in the hunt with an unbeaten 75, with seven hits to the fence, when play was stopped because of insufficient light.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who captured three wickets in the Andhra second innings with his leg spin, was the other not out batsman on 12. Haryana require 233 more runs to win with seven wickets in hand.
Haryana, who conceded a lead of 150 in the first innings, did well on the field today as Chahal (3/51), captain Mohit Sharma (3/37) and Harshal Patel (2/33) played key roles in bundling Andhra out for 220 in the second innings.
Captain G Hanuma Vihari (50) and Siva Kumar (42) were the main scorers in the Andhra second innings.
In the second innings Haryana, who were shot out for a paltry 103 in the first innings, were struggling at 48 for two when 18-year-old Rohtak-born Rohilla, playing in only his fifth first-class match, repaired the damage by stitching a stand of 61 for the third wicket with Rajat Paliwal (25).
Although Paliwal departed before close, Rohilla remained unbeaten after facing 137 balls to carry forward Haryana’s attempt for a victory on the final day.
Brief scores: Andhra: 253 & 220 (Hanuma Vihari 50, Siva Kumar 42; Mohit Sharma 3/37, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/51). Haryana: 103 & 138/3 in 47 overs (SG Rohilla 75 not out)
HP take 142-run lead against Hyderabad
Himachal Pradesh staged a comeback and were 232/6 in their Group C Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad, taking their overall lead to 142 runs with four wickets remaining.
Bowled out for 36 in their first innings, Himachal managed to limit Hyderabad to 126 all out with seamer Rishi Dhawan returning impressive figures of 7/50 at the Barsapara Stadium.
At stumps on the third and penultimate, Himachal Pradesh’s Robin Bist was unbeaten on 50, while Mayank Dagar was batting on 4.