Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third day of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C match between Tripura and Services in Agartala on Thursday. Tripura were batting on a score of 45 for one at the end of 14 overs, with Arindam Das and Udiyan Bose batting on 20 and 11 respectively. The only dismissal for the hosts so far in their innings has been that of Virag Awate, who was caught by Amit Pachchara off the bowling of Raushan Raj for a score of 14. Tripura currently trail Services’ massive first innings score of 512 by 467 runs, with a lot of responsibility resting on the shoulders of the current batsmen for the hosts to keep their hopes of gaining a first innings lead alive. Complete coverage of Ranji Trophy 2015-16

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tripura 229 & 9/0 (f/o)| Overs 3 | Trails by 274 | Railways 512 |BATTING: Virag Awate 3(8), Arindam Das 2(10): STUMPS!!! At the end of third day’s play at Agartala, Tripura were batting on nine for no loss after being asked to follow-on. They were trailing by 274 runs. Tomorrow, Tripura should strive hard to draw this match or at least avert an innings defeat.

INNINGS BREAK

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tripura 229| Overs 84 | Trails by 283 | Railways 512 |BATTING: Abhijit Sarkar 5(2): Tripura are bowled out for a paltry 229 in reply to Railways’ mammoth 512. Tripura have a trail of 283 runs from the first innings and hence will have to follow-on. Services have played good cricket in this match both through their batting and also with the ball. Let’s see if they are able to exact an innings victory. OUT! Saurabh Das c Yashpal Singh b Khaled Ahmad 53(115), OUT! Tushar Swapan Saha st Devender Lohchab b Aanshul Gupta 24(70), OUT! Rana Datta c&b Aanshul Gupta 0(10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tripura 173/7| Overs 62.3 | Trails by 339 | Railways 512 |BATTING: Saurabh Das 21(58), Tushar Swapan Saha 6(10): Poonam Poonia joins the party and picks his first wicket. He traps Rajesh Banik leg-before for 46. Banik struck seven boundaries in his knock. Tushar Swapan Saha has arrived at the crease after the fall of Banik. Tripura now requires 140 runs to avert the follow-on. OUT! Rajesh Banik lbw Poonam Poonia 46(116)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: Tripura 134/6| Overs 48 | Trails by 378 | Railways 512 |BATTING: RD Banik 26(75), Saurabh Das 9(22): Tripura are six down for 134 runs and are in danger of follow-on. They need 179 runs more to avert the follow-on. The present seventh wicket partnership is worth 11 runs and Tripura would want that it grows and blossoms and bails them out of trouble. RD Banik is batting pretty well. He is batting sensibly and with discipline. New batsman Saurabh Das needs to give him good support. OUT! Arindam Das run-out Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 32(65), OUT! Udiyan Bose c Devender Lohchab b Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 11(38), OUT! Parvinder Singh lbw Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 0(2), OUT! Mura Singh c Amit Pachhara b Diwesh Gurdev Pathania 13(24), OUT! Sen Choudhury c Rajat Paliwal b Khalid Ahmad 24(50)

Services earlier finished on a major score of 512, with Rajat Paliwal scoring a massive double ton (203 off 266 deliveries, 26 fours and three sixes). He however, was the only player to score a century among his team-mates, with Devendra Lochab falling five runs short of the century (95 off 197 balls, 16 fours). Services were in a perilous position of 158 for the loss of five wickets, before 239-run sixth wicket partnership between Paliwal and Lochab put the tourists on track.

Playing XI:

Tripura: Rana Datta, AK Sarkar, MB Mura Singh (c), Sen Choudhury (wk), Rajesh Banik, Parvinder Singh, Saurabh Das, Tushar Swapan Saha, Udiyan Bose, Arindam Das, Virag Awate

Services:  Rajat Paliwal, Poonam Poonia, Devender Lohchab (wk), Diwesh Gurdev Pathania, Vikas Hathwala,  Yashpal Singh,  Aanshul Gupta, Raushan Raj,  Soumik Chatterjee (c), Amit Pachhara, Khalid Ahmad