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Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh, who shone with the bat with 84 to take them to a huge 549 Getty Images (Representational Image)

Tripura seam bowler Rana Dutta notched up his career-best figure of 6/58, while Himachal Pradesh are risking themselves to an innings defeat during their Ranji Trophy match at the Bengal Cricket Academy ground on Saturday. Tripura skipper Manisankar Murasingh scored a crucial 84 he guided his team to a mammoth 549, while he also rattled the HP batting line-up, by claiming the important twin wickets of Prashant Chopra (9) and Nikhil Gangta (17), as in just 23 overs, HP were struggling at 74/2. Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh had three batsmen, who scored half-centuries in the form of Ankush Bains (67), Robin Bist (88) and skipper Rishi Dhawan (62). However, they couldn’t last long as Dutta’s horrific spell bowled them out for 311. LIVE Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 3, Round 3

Following on, Himachal Pradesh were 19/1 at close on the penultimate day, still needing 219 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Murasingh returned with 2/62 in the first innings and once again gave a breakthrough in Himachal Pradesh’s second innings, dismissing Pankaj Jaiswal for eight in his first over. At close, Bains was unbeaten on six, with Chopra yet to face a ball. On Day 2, centuries from Bishal Ghosh and wicketkeeper Smit Patel has put Tripura in firm control of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Round 3 match against Himachal Pradesh on Day Two at Kalyani. Himachal Pradesh in reply finished the day on 50 for 1, still trailing Tripura by a mammoth 499 runs going into Day Three. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

Patel could not add to his overnight score of 111 and was dismissed by Pankaj Jaiswal. Ghosh had already slammed a career best score of 146 on Day One to put his side in control initially. There were however last contributions with the bat as well.

Brief Scores:

Tripura 549 lead Himachal Pradesh 311 (Robin Bist 88, Rishi Dhawan 62; Rana Dutta 6 for 58) and 19 for 1 (Pankaj Jaiswal 8; Manisankar Murasingh 1 for 8) by 219 runs.