[caption id="attachment_553113" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-553113" alt="Prashant Chopra is unbeaten at 89 batting for Himachal Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/gen.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Prashant Chopra is unbeaten at 89 batting for Himachal Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Himachal batsmen put up a great fightback against Haryana as the two teams play in Round 8 of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ranji-trophy" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy 2016-17</a>. The match is being played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Valsad. Earlier, Haryana had put up a good 402 in the first innings and followed up the performance with a good display of bowling, getting Himachal bowled out for 233. Himachal bettered their performance in the following innings, putting up 142 for the loss of only 1 wicket, trailing by 27 runs and keeping the match alive. Himachal had ended Day Two with 101 runs on the board and 7 wickets in hand. Day Three morning belonged majorly to the Haryana bowlers as Mohit Sharma and Sanjay Pahal ran through the Himachal batting, bundling them out for 233. <p></p> <p></p>Despite the odds, the 66-run effort from Sumeet Verma and a 37 from Amit Kumar who batted at No. 8 were commendable. Asked to follow on, Himachal made a comeback with the bat. Openers RI Thakur and Prashant Chopra provided the team with a solid start as they put up 140 runs without losing any wicket. Thakur missed on his half-century by 5 runs, getting bowled off a Pahal delivery. Prashant remained unbeaten at the crease on 89 as Himachal finished day with 142 runs on the board with the loss of 1 wicket. <p></p> <p></p><a title="Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table &amp; team standings" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ranji-trophy-2016-17-points-table-team-standings-532263"><b>Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table &amp; team standings</b></a> <p></p> <p></p>Pahal remained the most successful bowler for Haryana with a 5-wicket-haul in the first innings. Mohit Sharma bagged 3 wickets while Poonish Mehta got 2 wickets. In the second innings, Pahal was the only successful bowler with the wicket of Thakur. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Haryana</strong> 402 lead <strong>Himachal</strong> 233 (Sumeet Verma 66, Amit Kumar 37; Sanjay Pahal 5 for 71, Mohit Sharma 3 for 25) and 142 for 1 (RI Thakur 45, Prashant Chopra 89*; Sanjay Pahal 1 for 28) by 27 runs.