Tripura batsman Bishal Ghosh celebrates after completing his century against Himachal Pradesh © PTI
Tripura batsman Bishal Ghosh celebrates after completing his century against Himachal Pradesh © PTI

Agartala: Brilliant bowling by Rishi Dhawan (seven for 93) negated Bishal Ghosh’s century as Tripura failed to avoid the follow-on, getting all out for 346 in their first innings in reply to Himachal Pradesh‘s 535 for five declared, on the third and penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy Group C match at Agartala on Saturday.

At the close of play, Tripura were 20 for two in their second innings with Ghosh unbeaten on nine and Samrat Singha on six. The hosts still trail Himachal by 169 runs with 10 wickets in hand.

Starting the day on 143 for two, Tripura’s overnight batsmen — Ghosh, who resumed on 81 and Rakesh Solanki, on 42, went on to complete their century and half-century, respectively.

Thereafter Kaushal Acharjee (28), Manisankar Murasingh (37) and Rana Dutta (43 not out) also chipped in with important runs, but they could not avoid the follow-on.

While Dhawan was the pick of the bowlers, Bipul Sharma (two for 30) claimed two wickets.

Brief scores:

Himachal Pradesh 535 for 5 decl. (Ankit Kalsi 63, Paras Dogra 204*, Rishi Dhawan 65, Bipul Sharma 119*; Manisankar  Murasingh 2 for 118) lead Tripura 346 (Bishal Ghosh 100, Rakesh Solanki 58, Rana Dutta 43*; Rishi Dhawan 7 for 93) & 20 for 0 (Bishal Ghosh 9*) by 169 runs.