Mohammad Kaif, against all odds, remained unbeaten on 49    Getty Images
Mohammad Kaif, against all odds, remained unbeaten on 49 Getty Images

Himachal Pradesh vs Punjab

Prashant Chopra averaged 44.5 before the 84th season of Ranji Trophy kicked off. His highest score read 237. At 24, he had scored runs by thousands and in style and vigour, but he was yet to make it big. That may not be the case anymore, for he is 29 runs away from his maiden triple-hundred. He will soon hit the headlines if he attains the landmark. That being said, it was his staggering strike rate of 93.7 that makes him the performer of the day. His innings comprised as many as 38 boundaries. At the other end, Paras Dogra remains unbeaten on 99.

Two of Punjab s bowlers leaked over 6 RPO, while the others too faced the wrath oozing of Himachal Pradesh batters. Abhishek Sharma and Sandeep Sharma shared a wicket apiece.

Brief scores:

Himachal Pradesh 459 for 2 (Prashant Sharma 271*, Paras Dogra 99*; Sandeep Sharma 1 for 76) vs Punjab

Chhattisgarh vs Goa

It was an evenly poised contest. Chhattisgarh ended day s play at 189 for 5. Darshan Misal was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 15 in 13 overs. His accuracy reaped rewards for his team.

Chhattisgarh captain Mohammad Kaif was the best batter, playing on 49* (off 129 balls).

Played at Porvorim, the spectators witnessed traditional cricket, with bowlers maintaining disciplined line and lengths and batters playing with a straight bat.

Brief scores:

Chhattisgarh 189 for 5 (Rishabh Tiwari 45, Mohammad Kaif 49*; Darshan Misal 2 for 15) vs Goa

Bengal vs Services

Bengal are on the verge of registering a big total. Riding of Sudip Chatterjee s 114, Bengal ended day s play at 341 for 3. After the openers Abhishek Raman and Abhimanyu Easwaran added 97 for the first wicket, the middle order made full use of the platform, and piled on runs by hundreds.

Wriddhiman Saha ended the party by blasting 32 runs off 49 balls. Sachidanand Pandey took 2 for 36.

Brief scores:

Bengal 341 for 3 (Sudip Chatterjee 114, Manoj Tiwary 69; Sachidanand Pandey 2 for 36) vs Services