Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Three of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 second round Group C match between Goa and Services at Porvorim. Services posted a total of 403 in their first innings thanks to a brilliant knock of Rajat Paliwal who scored 93. Aanshul Gupta gave them a solid start with 89. RR Singh and Shadab Jakati both took three wickets each. Goa in their reply are 63 for 2 at at stumps on Day Two and will want to bat well to take the first inning lead here, there are still two days to go and Goa will want opener Swapnil Asnodkar to carry on his start and ensure a big first innings score. Read all Ranji Trophy 2015-16 team previews here

Live cricket score Goa 268/8 | Overs 126| Batting: Shadab Jakati 13(47), RR Singh 6(9): There’s no denying that Services are the more dominant team at stumps. Goa will have to put on a better display than this (if a follow on is enforced) when they have to bat a second time in order to avoid an innings defeat.

Live cricket score Goa 248/7 | Overs 118 | Batting: Shadab Jakati 5(20), Amit Yadav 4(4): With the exception of Swapnil Asnodkar’s 139, Goa has been absolutely dismal. Pathania and Poonia have taken two wickets each. Currently, the tailenders are trying to delay the first innings wrap up as much as possible.

Live cricket score Goa 168/4 | Overs 70 | Batting: Swapnil Asnodkar 95(254), Rahul Keni 1 (38): Goa has lost the wicket of a determined Darshan Misal. He scored just 16 runs but importantly he played off 107 deliveries. Meanwhile, Swapnil Asnodkar has faced 254 deliveries and has scored 95 runs.

Live cricket score Goa 120/3 | Overs 70 | Batting: Swapnil Asnodkar 62 (211), Darshan Misal 7 (92): These two have been resolute so far and Misal’s defence and patience has been outstanding. He’s scored just seven runs off 92 deliveries and has not looked bored. The need for Goa is preservation of wickets and though his approach unsportsmanlike, it is the need of the hour.

Live cricket score Goa 103/3 | Overs 59 | Batting: Swapnil Asnodkar 50 (181), Darshan Misal 2 (56): So far so good for Goa in their pursuit to evade giving an innings lead to Services. Asnodkar has been the glue so far and he’s being assisted by Darshan Misal at one end. Misal is scoring at an abysmally slow rate having scored a mere 2 runs after almost 56 deliveries.

Live cricket score Goa 86/3 | Overs 50 | Batting: Swapnil Asnodkar 40 (153), Darshan Misal 0 (30): Goa is trying to battle it out but they have already lost three wickets, which means they have seven wickets left to try and play out just under two days in order  to share points with Services. Darshan Misal has not opened his account in 30 balls.

Anshul Gupta, Soumik Chatterjee and Rajat Paliwal scored half-century each to steer Services to 230 for three against Goa at the end of first day’s play of a Ranji Trophy Group C match at Porvorim on Thursday. High on confidence after winning the first match against Jharkhand, Services got off to a good start. Put in to bat by Goa, opener Anshul top scored with 89, while Soumik (52) and Rajat (57*) also contributed with important runs to take the team to a decent score when bad light stopped play with five overs remaining. At stumps, Yashpal Singh, who is yet to open his account, was giving Rajat company. Read: Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C match: Services hold fort against Goa on Day 1

Teams:

Services: Soumik Chatterjee (c), Rajat Paliwal, PS Poonia, Diwesh Gurdev Pathania, Shadab Nazar, Shashaank Sharma (wk), Yashpal Singh, Sufiyan Alam, Aanshul Gupta, Khalid Ahmad, Ravi Chauhan.

Goa: Dheeraj Jadhav (c), Prasanth Parameswaran, RR Singh, Amit Yadav, Amogh Desai, Darshan Misal, Rahul Keni (wk), Sagun Kamat, SS Bandekar, Shadab Jakati, Swapnil Asnodkar.