Udiyan Bose (L) and Smit Patel scored centuries to take  Tripura in commanding position    PTI
Udiyan Bose (L) and Smit Patel scored centuries to take Tripura in commanding position PTI

Tripura were in complete command against Services at stumps on the third day of their Ranji Trophy 2016-17 encounter. In their second innings, Tripura were placed at a very strong position of 280 for 1, with their overall lead being 322 runs in the Group C match of the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Even if the game ends in a tame draw, the Tripura team is set to earn some crucial points as they had taken a lead in the first innings of 42 runs. In their second innings, Udiyan Bose and former World Cup winning India Under-19 cricketer Smit Patel slammed centuries to help their side gain complete command. READ:Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Bose and Patel ensured that Tripura, with their slender but crucial lead in the first innings, remained ahead of their opponents. The two batsmen have so far added as many as 266 runs for the second wicket, having batted for close t0 75 overs, scoring at a little more than 3.50 runs an over. While Bose has managed to bring up his 150 in the second innings, the left-handed Patel was quieter of the two batsmen, reaching 104 not out. At stumps, Bose was batting on 152 not out with Patel on 104 not out.Bose has so far faced 250 deliveries for his 152 not out, which is studded with 13 boundaries and 3 sixes. On the other hand, Patel has struck 11 fours in his innings.

Bose has so far faced 250 deliveries for his 152 not out, which is studded with 13 boundaries and 3 sixes. On the other hand, Patel has struck 11 fours in his innings. Earlier in the game, Tripura had taken a lead of 42 runs, as they bowled out Services for a moderate total of 233 after posting a formidable 275 on the board in their first essay.

Brief scores:

Tripura 275 and 280 for 1 (Udiyan Bose 152*, Smit Patel 104*; Diwesh Pathania 1 for 37) lead Services 233 (Shamsher Yadav 101*; Manisankar Murasingh 3 for 58, Rana Dutta 3 for 48) by 322 runs.