With just two wickets remaining, Goa have uphill task to overhaul Services' first innings score of 402 © Getty Images (Representational Image)
With just two wickets remaining, Goa have uphill task to overhaul Services’ first innings score of 402 © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Porvorim: Despite opener Swapnil Asnodkar scoring a fine century, Goa could reach 268 for eight, still needing another 134 runs to avoid conceding the first innings lead to Services, on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy Group C match here today. With just two wickets remaining, Goa have uphill task to overhaul Services’ first innings score of 402. The visitors look set to take lead tomorrow in a game heading for a draw. Resuming at an overnight score of 63 for two, Goa lost six wickets on Day 3, with none of the batsmen, expect Asnodkar, making it count. UPDATES: Goa vs Services Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C match, Day 3 at Porvorim

Asnodkar was the lone batsman to make a mark with his 139 (358b, 14X4). He played a sedate knock as he took the battle into rival camp even as wicket tumbled at regular interval at the other end. At stumps, Shadab Jakati (13) and Rituraj Singh (6) were at the crease. For the visitors Diwesh Pathania (3/86) and P S Poonia (3/45) were the most successful bowlers claiming three wickets each.

Services posted a total of 403 in their first innings thanks to a brilliant knock of Rajat Paliwal who scored 93. Aanshul Gupta gave them a solid start with 89. RR Singh and Shadab Jakati both took three wickets each. Goa in their reply are 63 for 2 at at stumps on Day Two and wanted to bat well to take the first inning lead, there is still a day to go and Goa will want opener Swapnil Asnodkar to carry on his start and ensure a big first innings score.

Brief scores:

Services 402 (Anshul Gupta 89, Rajat Paliwal 92; Shadab Jakati 3 for 80) lead Goa 268 for 8 (Swapnil Asnodkar 139; Diwesh Pathania 3 for 86, PS Poonia 3 for 45) by 134 runs.