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Rishi Dhawan’s decision to bowl on a flat Bengal Cricket Academy pitch backfired as their bowlers got little assistance with Tripura batsmen going about their tasks with ease Getty Images (Representational Image)

Kalyani (West Bengal): Bishal Ghosh slammed a career-best 146 in a spectacular 230-run partnership with Smit Patel (111) as Tripura piled misery on Himachal Pradesh in their Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match on Thursday. At stumps on day one, Patel was steady on his fourth first-class century with Yashpal Singh unbeaten on 4 to put Tripura in comfort zone at 305 for two after Himachal Pradesh skipper Rishi Dhawan put them in. Dhawan’s decision to bowl on a flat Bengal Cricket Academy pitch backfired as their bowlers got little assistance with Tripura batsmen going about their tasks with ease. LIVE Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2016-17, Day 1, Round 3

Their solitary moment of joy came in the 15th over when Pankaj Jaiswal castled Udiyan Bose (40). The opener was looking fluent with six boundaries and one six in his 46-ball knock before being bowled by the seamer. Tripura went into lunch at 117 for one with Ghosh unbeaten on 53 and Patel on 21 as the duo resumed from where they left to see through the second session. Ghosh completed his second first-class century off 188 balls and went on to better his previous best score after tea. Patel was slower and completed his fourth first class century from 218 balls. Dhawan used seven bowlers and it was in the penultimate over of the day that Ghosh lost his focus to be caught by Sumeet Verma off Mayank Dagar, four runs shy of 150. Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Points Table & team standings

As India s senior team gets into a number of series lined one after another, the domestic circuit also gears up for the most important contest of the season, the Ranji trophy 2016-17. This is the 83rd season of the glorious tournament and has a lot of new elements in it.

Brief Scores

Tripura 305 for 2 (Bishal Ghosh 146, Smit Patel 111*, Udiyan Bose 40; Pankaj Jaiswal 1 for 34) vs Himachal Pradesh.