Services were certainly the better team and earned three vital points    Getty Images (Representational Image)
Services were certainly the better team and earned three vital points Getty Images (Representational Image)

In Ranji Trophy 2016-17 , Round 7, Day Four, Services and Himachal played out draw on the last day. Nonetheless, it was Services who walked off with three points owing to their first-inning-lead over Himachal. Batting first, Services made 40 1 while in reply Himachal bundled out for 295. Hence, this way they gave a lead of 106 runs which ensured Services would earn three points if the game ends in a tie. Chasing 401 to win, Himachal drew the match reeling at 145 for 2 at stumps on final day. FULL Cricket Score, Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 4, Round 7

Resuming at 148 for 4, Services had a healthy lead of 253 but wanted to add more before they could take full commands of the game. They finally declared at 295 for 9 early on Day Four which meant Himachal were to chase 401. Having faltered in the first outing with the bat, Himachal were in for a challenge as they had to bat out well and not end with a tame surrender. However, they lived upto the task with a good half-century by opener, PS Chopra and Robin Bish’s 41 unbeaten.

Nonetheless, the writing was on the wall for the game as a handy lead in the first innings gave Services three vital points going ahead into the next round of Ranji Trophy 2016-17.

Brief scores:

Services 401 & 295 for 9 decl. (Aanshul Gupta 60, Rahul Singh 58; MJ Dagar 4 for 61) drew with Himachal 296 & 145 for 2 (PS Chopra 66, Robin Bish 41*; Raj Bahadur Pal 1 for 30)