Bipul Sharma remains unbeaten on 46 as Himachal Pradesh trail by 28 runs. (Courtesy: Getty Images)
Bipul Sharma remains unbeaten on 46 as Himachal Pradesh trail by 28 runs. (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Himachal Pradesh’ captain Bipul Sharma pulled off a fine all-round show to keep the side in the hunt against a spirited Chhattisgarh unit at Green Park, Kanpur in the sixth round of Ranji Trophy 2016-17. Sumit Ruikar’s five-for put Chhattisgarh in the course to pull off an upset as we head to an exciting play on Day Three. The resilient Bipul is batting on 46 as Himachal ended Day Two at 210 for 6, still trailing Chhattisgarh by 28 runs. Chhattisgarh resumed their innings on the second day at 212 for 7 after Amandeep Khare scored 85 on first day. Off-spinner Gurvinder Singh, who had no success on the first day, cleaned up the Chhattisgarh tail as he finished with three wickets. Their innings ended at 238. FULL CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES: Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 2, Round 6

Earlier, on Day One, Bipul claimed the key wickets of Amandeep Khare, Avnish Dhaliwal and wicketkeeper Manoj Singh. Himachal started well and lost opener Ankush Bains at the score of 78. They were 105 for 1 when the other opener Prashant Chopra fell after completing a steady 51. The slow left-arm orthodox of Ruikar claimed both the Himachal openers. Ruikar continued to create inroads in Himachal middle-order and reduced them to 150 for 6. The Himachal stars Paras Dogra, Robin Bisht and Rishi Dhawan fell to Ruikar’s spin web for scores of 2, 18 and 7 respectively.

Captain Bipul and Sumeet Verma added 60 for the seventh wicket. They are still 28 runs behind and it will be a huge upset if Himachal concede a first innings lead. Going into this game, Himachal were at the second position in Group C, while Chhattisgarh were third last in the table.

Brief score:

Chhattisgarh 238 (Amandeep Khare 85, Avnish Dhaliwal 39; Bipul Sharma 3 for 52, Gurvinder Singh 3 for 51) lead Himachal Pradesh 210 for 6 (Ankush Bains 41, Prashant Chopra 51, Bipul Sharma 46*; Sumit Ruikar 5 for 73) by 28 runs.