Ranji Trophy 2012: Himachal Pradesh gain massive lead over Jharkhand on Day Three

Resuming on overnight 201 for four in reply to Jharkhand’s 236, Himachal virtually took the game away from the hosts riding on Rishidhavan’s century and half centuries by Amit Kumar and Atish Bhalaik AFP

Ranchi: Nov 26, 2012

Himachal Pradesh on Monday took a massive 206-runs lead over Jharkhand after they declared their first innings at 442 for seven on the third day of their Group C Ranji Trophy match.

Resuming on overnight 201 for four in reply to Jharkhand’s 236, Himachal virtually took the game away from the hosts riding on Rishidhavan’s 128 and half centuries by Amit Kumar (52) and Atish Bhalaik (50 not out).

Rishidhavan, who became the second century-maker for the visitors after yesterday’s fluent ton by Prakash Chopra (101), entertained the sparse crowd at the JSCA International Stadium, striking 15 boundaries before being caught by Manish Vardhan off Sunny Gupta for 128.

At close, Jharkhand were 27 without loss with Akash Verma (18) and Manish Vardhan (7) at the crease.

S S Rao took three wickets for 85 while Sunny Gupta took two for 108 for the hosts.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 236 and 27 for no loss trail Himachal 442 for 7 decl (Prashant Chopra 101, Rishidhavan 128, Akash Chopra 61, S S Rao 3 for 85) by 206 runs.