Sudip Chatterjee © IANS
Sudip Chatterjee © IANS

Himachal Pradesh vs Goa

Put to bat first, Goa were choked by Himachal Pradesh bowlers with disciplined line and length. Pankaj Jaiswal and Sumeet Varma shared 7 wickets between them to dismantle the Goa batting line-up. Rishi Dhawan too tagged along with 2 wickets.

After the openers collapsed, it was Sagun Kamat who played a gritty knock (36) and built crucial partnerships along the way with Amogh Sunil Desai (42) and Reagan Pinto (40). After the dismissal of Kamat, Darshan Wagha Misal and Saurabh Bandekar revived Goa’s innings with their 50-run stand. However, successive wickets halted Goa’s momentum once again. Nevertheless, the tail-end came to their rescue with some fighting knocks from Rituraj Singh (55) and Samar Shravan Dubhashi (39) with Goa’s innings eventually ending on 255.

In response, Himachal’s openers Priyanshu Khanduri and Ankush Bains added 237 runs left Goa bowlers in dismay. Goa found a ray of hope when they got hold of the remaining batsmen cheaply. It was Felix Alemao who could do the damage scalping 2 wickets.

Himachal’s Nikhil Gangta and Amit Kumar remained unbeaten on 32 and 9 respectively, leading by 101 runs.

Brief scores:

Goa 255 all out (Samar Shravan Dubhashi 39, Rituraj Singh 55; Pankaj Jaiswal 4 for 59, Sumeet Varma 3 for 33) trail Himachal Pradesh 356 for 4 (Priyanshu Khanduri 117, Ankush Bains 143; Felix Alemao 2 for 83) by 101 runs.

Punjab vs Vidarbha

In the other match, Punjab were busy being thrashed by Vidarbha with both bat and ball.

Opting to bat, Manan Vohra, Yuvraj Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Manpreet Gony and likes failed with the bat. Abhishek Gupta’s 93-ball 89 was the only survival point for Punjab. Vidarbha’s Lalit Yadav and Siddesh Neral shared 6 wickets to romp through the Punjab batting line-up. Meanwhile, Rajneesh Gurbani and the ambidextrous Akshay Karnewar scalped two wickets each to end Punjab’s innings for 161.

Vidarbha openers Faiz Fazal and Sanjay Ramaswamy continued to torment Punjab, bringing up 50-plus opening partnership. After Fazal’s dismissal for 21, Ramaswamy continued his run spree and got to his century. In the pursuit he built crucial partnerships with Wasim Jaffer and Jitesh Sharma. However, it was Ganesh Satish who has kept Vidarbha in hunt. His unbeaten 126 and Karnewar’s 33 have taken Vidarbha’s lead to 258 runs.

On the other hand, Punjab’s bowling saw little efforts, barring Abhishek Sharma’s 2 for 110.

Brief scores:

Punjab 161 all out (Abhishek Gupta 89; Lalit Yadav 3 for 47, Siddesh Neral 3 for 48) trail Vidarbha 419 for 5 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 161, Ganesh Satish 126*; Abhishek Sharma 2 for 110) by 258 runs.

Bengal vs Chhattisgarh

Bengal gave tough time to Chhattisgarh.

The openers Abhishek Raman and Koushik Ghosh already provided a blistering start with their 159 runs for the opening stand. Sudip Chatterjee and Ghosh added 98 runs to it. The duo smashed their respective tons as well. After the dismissal of Ghosh, Chatterjee found able support from Manoj Tiwary (71) and Wriddhiman Saha (51). By the time Chatterjee was dismissed, Bengal had already crossed the 400-run mark.

The tail-enders Anustup Majumdar and Boddupalli Amit’s 117 runs for seventh wicket helped Tiwary declare the innings at 529 for 7. Majumdar remained unbeaten on 70. Shubham Singh was the only positive aspect for Chhattisgarh with a 4-wicket haul.

Chhattisgarh’s poor show continued with the bat as wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Ashuthosh Singh’s unbeaten fifty was the only bright aspect, as Chhattisgarh trail by 449 runs.

Bengal pacers Ashok Dinda and Mohammed Shami ruled the roost at the end of Day Two, sharing 4 wickets.

Brief scores:

Bengal 529 for 7 (Koushik Ghosh 114, Sudip Chatterjee 118, Anustup Majumdar 70*; Shubham Singh 4 for 162) lead Chhattisgarh 80 for 5 (Ashutosh Singh 51*; Ashok Dinda 2 for 6, Mohammed Shami 2 for 33) by 449 runs.