Spinners Aamir Aziz and Parvez Rasool caught Andhra in a spin web and bundled them out for 255 to help Jammu and Kashmir take a crucial first-innings lead in their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.
Aziz, who had a tally of six wickets from six games prior to this match, took five for 62 with left arm spin, while his more experienced partner Rasool grabbed three for 40 bowling off spin on day three of the four-day game at the Brabourne Stadium.
Andhra were dismissed post tea in just under 100 overs to give J&K a first innings lead of 79 runs. J&K had scored 334 in their first essay.
In the remaining time, the northern outfit made 31 for two, for an overall lead of 110.
At stumps, opener Shubham Khajuria (13) was the unbeaten batsman after J&K’s one-down Ian Chauhan fell in the last over, dismissed by Andhra left arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt who also got rid of opener Adil Reshi.
Earlier, starting the day at 72 for two, Andhra were in deep trouble at lunch with the score reading 156 for 6, including the wicket of captain Hanuma Vihari who was run out for 19.
Some resolute batting by senior player Ravi Teja, who top scored with 81 off 184 balls, and good rearguard action from no. 8 Ashwin Hebbar (38) enabled Andhra to cross the 250 mark.
Teja and Hebbar put on a partnership of 94 runs for the seventh wicket. Both were dismissed by Aziz.
Teja had previously added 66 runs for the sixth wicket with AG Pradeep, who made a quick 47 with eight fours before he was dismissed by Rasool.
J&K: 334 and 31 for two (S Khajuria 13 batting).
Andhra 1st innings: 255 (DB Ravi Teja 81, AG Pradeep 47; A Aziz 5/62, Parvez Rasool 3/40).
Services reach 267/7 in reply to Goa’s 606/6 decl
Young left-hander Rahul Singh on Saturday struck his career-best 89 under pressure to rescue Services from a jittery start to reach 267 for seven against Goa on the penultimate day of a Ranji Trophy Group C match.
Services will be fighting for a draw tomorrow.
In reply to Goa’s 606 for six declared, Services resuming the day on 39 for one and were quickly reduced to 71 for four with rookie seamer Felix Alemao (3/52) striking thrice, which also denied Ravi Chauhan a half-century by three runs at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi on the outskirts.
But the 21-year-old Rahul Singh, who made his first class debut in the last match against Tripura, struck his second successive half-century and shared two crucial partnerships with Nakul Verma (29) and Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (43 batting) to lead the rescue act.
Singh hit 15 boundaries and completed his second half-ton from 82 balls but he could not make it big and was dismissed by Shadab Jakati, who returned with an impressive 3/47.
Diwesh Pathania was giving Khalid a fine support batting on 29 at the stumps.
Goa 1st innings: 606 for 6 declared
Services 1st innings: 267 for 7 in 103 overs (Rahul Singh 89, Ravi Chauhan 47, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 43 batting; Shadab Jakati 3/47, Felix Alemao 3/52).
HP staring at an innings defeat against Tripura
Tripura seamer Rana Dutta claimed a career-best 6/58 as Himachal Pradesh were left to stare at an innings defeat in their Ranji Trophy group C match at Bengal Cricket Academy ground on Saturday.
Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh, who shone with the bat with 84 to take them to a huge 549, rocked Himachal Pradesh earlier this morning with his twin blows – Prashant Chopra (9) and Nikhil Gangta (17) – to reduce them to 74/2 in 23 overs.
Himachal Pradesh had three half centurions in Ankush Bains (67), Robin Bist (88) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (62) but none of them could convert their starts with Dutta giving regular breakthroughs to bowl them out for 311 in 97.2 overs, conceding a 238-run first-innings lead.
Following on, Himachal Pradesh were 19/1 at close on the penultimate day, still needing 219 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Murasingh returned with 2/62 in the first innings and once again gave a breakthrough in Himachal Pradesh’s second innings, dismissing Pankaj Jaiswal for eight in his first over.
At close, Bains was unbeaten on six, with Chopra yet to face a ball.
Himachal 311; 93 overs (Robin Bist 88, Rishi Dhawan 62; Rana Dutta 6/58) and 19/1
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