Ranji Trophy 2012: Goa take vital first innings lead against Himachal Pradesh

Swapnil Asnodkar scored a patient 81 Getty Images

Porvorim (Goa): Dec 17, 2012

Middle-order batsman Reagen Pinto remained unbeaten on 85 while opener Swapnil Asnodkar scored a patient 81 to hand Goa the vital first innings lead against Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy Group C match at Porvorim, Goa on Monday.

Resuming at the overnight score of 118 for one in reply to HP’s 338-run first innings total, Goa were 347 for eight at stumps on the third and penultimate day of the encounter.

Pinto’s unbeaten knock came off 180 balls with the help of six fours and a six, while Asnodkar faced 242 deliveries and struck nine boundaries during his stay.

Apart from Pinto and Asnodkar, Amogh Sunil Desai scored a fine 59 off 141 balls. He hit 10 boundaries in the process.

At stumps, Harshad Gadekar (2) was giving Pinto company at the crease.

For HP, Rahul Singh scalped four wickets for 71 while pacer Vikramjeet Malik and leg-spinner Karanveer Singh picked up two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores: Himachal Pradesh 338 (Amit Kumar 86, Mukesh Sharma 73; Gauresh Gawas 4 for 109) trail Goa 347 for 8 (Reagen Pinto 85*, Swapnil Asnodkar 81; Rahul Singh 4 for 71) by 9 runs.