Ashok Dinda will hold fort for Bengal on Saturday    Getty Images
Ashok Dinda will hold fort for Bengal on Saturday Getty Images

At Kolkata: Resuming at 163 for 5, Himachal were in total disarray at the start of Day Three. Bengal bundled them out for 206 courtesy Ashok Dinda’s 5-for, Mohammed Shami and Mukesh Kumar’s contributions. Nonetheless, the twist in the tale came in the resistance shown from Himachal openers following-on.

At stumps, they have lost only 2 wickets for 207. A 125-run opening stand between Prashant Chopra and Priyanshu Khaduri, initiated the fightback but they still have a long way to go. Himachal trail by 6 runs.

Brief scores

Bengal 419 (Abhishek Raman 176, Manoj Tiwary 123, Shreevats Goswami 28; Rishi Dhawan 4 for 86) lead Himachal Pradesh 206 & 207 for 2 (Priyanshu Khanduri 67, Prashant Chopra 81; Mohammed Shami 1 for 53, Mukesh Kumar 1 for 28) by 6 runs.

At Raipur: Trailing by 243 runs, Chhattisgarh looked to fold Punjab’s innings quickly in the morning session. However, Punjab continued to pile up runs and amassed 653 for 9 decl. After hundreds from Anmolpreet Singh and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, the lower order chipped in with brief stands. Vinay Chowdhary, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Gupta and Barinder Sran got starts to push the overall lead to 415 runs.

In reply, only Ashutosh Singh’s unbeaten 81 impressed for Chhattisgarh. They are tottering at 171 for 4 courtesy Sandeep Sharma and Sran. They trail by 244 runs, and require a humongous effort to save the match.

Chhattisgarh 238 & 171 for 4 (Abhimanyu Chauhan 36, Ashutosh Singh 81*, Sandeep Sharma 2 for 46, Barinder Sran 2 for 31) trail Punjab 653 for 9 decl. (Jiwanjot Singh 75, Anmolpreet Singh 171, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 111, Vinay Chowdhary 49; Shourabh Khairwar 3 for 107) by 244 runs.

At Nagpur: In reply to Vidarbha’s 385, Services fought hard before folding for 317. Nakul Verma and Vikas Yadav’s fifties took the scoreboard forward after Rahul Singh’s 63. At one stage, they were 289 for 8, but the last two wickets pushed the score over 300.

Nonetheless, it is advantage Vidarbha. With a lead of 68 runs, they have added 111 for 2 in the second innings. Faiz Fazal and Wasim Jaffer fell after getting a start. It will be interesting to see Vidarbha’s approach on the final day. Will they look to accelerate and set a target for Services?

Brief scores:

Vidarbha 385 & 111 for 2 (Faiz Fazal 46, Wasim Jaffer 25, Sanjay Ramaswamy 35*; Nitin Tanwar 1 for 29) lead Services 317 (Rahul Singh 63, Nakul Verma 71; Akshay Wakhare 5 for 873) by 179 runs.