Opening batsman Ankush Bains smashed a career-best 161 as Himachal Pradesh inched closer to taking a first innings lead against Hyderabad by reaching 402 for 5 on the third day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match.
The home side made a strong reply to Hyderabad’s first innings total of 434 all out with Bains, who hit 22 boundaries during his 302-ball knock, leading the charge on the third day at the HPCA Stadium here.
Bains got an able partner in Robin Bist (91 batting) and the duo stitched 132 runs for the fourth wicket that helped HP wriggle out of a difficult situation at one stage when C V Milind, the left-arm seamer, had three scalps with the home team score reading 195 for 3.
HP, who resumed on 84 without loss, ended the day at 402 for 5, trailing by 32.
Hyderabad regained some ground late in the day as they removed the well-set Bains and Nikhil Gangta in successive overs.
But Rishi Dhawan, who needed 76 runs to achieve the double of 2000 runs and 200 first-class wickets, then halted the Hyderabad bowlers on their tracks with an unbeaten 48 in the company of Bist to give HP a chance to take a first innings lead.
Bist’s 91 not out came from 154 balls and he has hit 14 fours so far.
Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh: 402/5 (Ankush Bains 161, Robin Bist 91 batting; C V Milind 3/106). Hyderabad: 434 (Tanmay Agarwal 118, Hanuma Vihari 101; Ronit More 4/84).
Kerala staring at defeat against Jharkhand
Jharkhand looked to post an outright win against Kerala after setting a huge target of 317 runs and then reducing the hosts to 71 for one on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group C tie
Kerala need 246 runs for victory on the final day on Sunday with nine wickets in hand.
Having scored 202 in their opening essay, Jharkhand had bundled out Kerala for just 148 to take a first innings lead.
Goa thrash Tripura by 9 wickets
Tripura batsman Manisankar Murasingh’s quickfire century went in vain as a clinical Goa outplayed the visitors by 9 wickets in the three-day Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match.
The Dheeraj Jhadav-led side finally pocketed 6 points from a win from three games to take their tally to ten as two of their games were drawn. Tripura on the other hand remain winless in three games.