Ranji Trophy 2012: Himachal Pradesh in commanding position against Jharkhand

Former India opener Aakash Chopra scored 61 for Himachal Pradesh on Sunday © Getty Images

Ranchi: Nov 25, 2012

Opener Prashant Chopra struck a fluent century to help Himachal Pradesh close in on Jharkhand’s first-innings total in their Group C Ranji Trophy match at Ranchi on Sunday.

At stumps on day two, Himachal were comfortably placed at 201 for four in reply to Jharkhand’s 236 at the HEC International Cricket Stadium Complex.

Chopra’s 148-ball 101 contained 14 fours and he got good support from Aakash Chopra who scored 61.

The hosts’ innings was largely built on Saurabh Tiwary’s knock of 102. Resuming on 65 in a team score of 176 for five, Tiwary hit 12 fours and a six while facing 311 balls.

Rishi Dhawan picked up six for 63 for Himachal Pradesh.

Brief scores: Jharkhand 236 (Saurabh Tiwary 102, Sunny Gupta 62; Rishi Dhawan 6 for 63) lead Himachal Pradesh 201 for 4 (Prashant Chopra 101, Aakash Chopra 61) by 35 runs