December 23, 2013 12:29:58 am
Maharashtra put themselves in the driver’s seat against an impatient Himachal Pradesh,finishing the day at 35 for no loss after bowling out the visitors for 228.
Maharashtra won the toss and inserted Himachal Pradesh in on a wicket which had a generous covering of grass. However the Himachal openers Prashant Chopra and Varun Sharma put on a calm 76-run partnership. But a three-wicket burst which started with Sharma edging behind a perfect out-swinger from Shrikant Mundhe meant Himachal took lunch at a 101 for three. The top-three batsmen fished at deliveries without moving their feet,leading to their dismissals.
In the second session Nikhil Gangta and Paras Dogra stitched a fluent 55-run partnership. However,Samad Fallah bowled a volley of bouncers,before slipping in a full in-swinger which got Gangta leg before. Rishi Dhawan,who stood a long way out of his crease to counter Fallah’s swing,was surprised by a quick short ball,gloving it to keeper. Fallah,also sent back Dogra,finishing with three for 48 and he was ably aided by Mundhe and Muthuswamy who finished with a couple each. With Maharashtra 193 runs behind,the home-side will be expecting to make the advantage of the wicket count,as they look to post a commanding score.
Brief score: Himachal Pradesh 228 in 76.2 overs (P Chopra 47,P Dogra 40; S Fallah 3/48,C Khurana 2/3) vs Maharashtra 35/0 in 7 overs.
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