Manoj Tiwary is Bengal   s last hope on Sunday    AFP (File Photo)
Manoj Tiwary is Bengal s last hope on Sunday AFP (File Photo)

At Dharamasala: Chhattisgarh notched up a victory massive of an innings and 114 runs victory over Himachal on Saturday. Resuming at a commendable position, with a lead of 214 runs, Chhattisgarh dominated by posting 456. Riding on a solid platform provided by centurion Rishabh Tiwari, Amandeep Khare, Manoj Singh, Jatin Saxena and Sumit Raikar, they stretched the lead by 281 runs.

In reply, Himachal needed a strong performance with the willow. However, wickets fell like nine pins. There was no competition, and Shahnawaz Hussain walked away with a 6-for. The right-arm medium pacer jolted Himachal’s top order, leaving Rishi Dhawan and co. clueless. Only Dhawan, Paras Dogra and Nikhil Gangta got starts.

Brief scores:

Himachal Pradesh 175 & 167 all-out (Nikhil Gangta 41, Paras Dogra 35, Rishi Dhawan 22; Shahnawaz Hussain 6 for 53, Pankaj Kumar Rao 2 for 43) lose to Chhattisgarh 456 (Rishabh Tiwari 131, Amandeep Khare 78, Manoj Singh 67, Sumit Raikar 45; Rishi Dhawan 3 for 127, Sidharth Sharma 3 for 100) by innings and 114 runs.

At Kalyani: Baroda are on the verge of inflicting an innings defeat over Bengal. Resuming at 89 for 3, the onus was on skipper Manoj Tiwary to bail his side. Nonetheless, nothing of that sorts happened. Bengal were no match in front of Baroda bowlers, and stumbled for 207 in the first innings. Tiwary and Koushik Biplab Ghosh slammed half-centuries, but more was required from the duo. Wriddhiman Saha and Shreevast Goswami flopped as Bengal were reduced from 132 for 3 to 207 all-out.

Following on, Bengal are reeling at 86 for 3. While Akshay Wakhare and Aditya Sarvate performed well with the ball in Bengal’s first innings, Lalit Yadav’s 3-for has dented hosts further in their second attempt.

Brief scores:

Vidarbha 499 (Faiz Fazal 142, Sanjay Ramawammy 182, Aditya Sarvate 89; Ishan Porel 4 for 139) lead Bengal 207 & 86 for 3 (Sudip Chatterjee 40, Manoj Tiwary 36*; Lalit Yadav 3 for 16) by 206 runs.

At New Delhi: Services and Goa’s match is interestingly poised after end of Day Three. Goa fought back, after being 150 for 6, to take a vital 7-run lead. Keenan stuck around with a gritty 70 and stitched a 50-run stand with Felix Alemao. In reply, Services are at a dicey spot. They are 108 for 3, leading by 101 at stumps. Ravi Chauhan and Nakul Verma remain unbeaten, and have to play Sunday’s first session carefully. If Services post a decent score, they will look to run through Goa’s batting lineup in return. On the other hand, Goa will look for early breakthroughs and push Services to the wall.

Brief scores

Services 263 & 108 for 3 (Ravi Chauhan 41*, Nakul Verma 22*, Nitin Tanwar 43, Darshan Misal 2 for 26) lead Goa 270 (Sagun Kamat 50, Amogh Desai 52, Keenan 70; Sachidanand Pandey 5 for 61) by 101 runs.