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Goa recovered from a precarious 96 for five to finish at 274 for 7 © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Porvorim: Dec 21, 2014

Middle order batsman Darshan Misal scored an unbeaten half-century to help Goa reach 274 for seven in their first innings of the Ranji Trophy Group C cricket match against Himachal Pradesh.

Opting to bat, Goa did not have the kind of start they were looking for as wickets kept falling at regular interval, and at one stage, the hosts were struggling at 96 for five, despite a quickfire 55-ball 42 by one-down batsman Sagun Kamat.

Misal, however, came to the team’s rescue, scoring a brilliant unbeaten 89 off 190 balls, studded with nine boundaries and a six. The left-handed batsman also put on two important partnerships with the lower order batsmen to take Goa to a commanding position by the end of the day’s play.

Misal first shared a crucial 84-run stand with Saurabh Bandekar 40 for the sixth wicket, and then joined hands with Shadab Jakati (44) to put on 90 runs for the seventh wicket. Bandekar and Jakati, however, missed out on fifties despite each playing a patient knock. For Himachal Pradesh, Vikramjeet Malik 2 for 55 and Gurvinder Singh 2 for 55 took two wickets each. At stumps, Misal was holding fort with Robin D’Souza (3).

Brief Scores:

Goa 274 for seven  (Darshan Misal 89, Shadab Jakati 44, Sagun Kamat 42; Vikramjeet Malik 2 for 55, Gurvinder Singh 2 for 55) vs Himachal Pradesh