At the St. Xavier’s College Ground in Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s Jalaj Saxena got six wickets (6/75) in Chhattisgarh’s second innings to finish with a match haul of 11/123. After dismissing Chhattisgarh for 287 runs, Kerala will chase 126 runs to win on Day 4. Harpreet Singh Bhatia, the captain of Chhattisgarh, scored 152 runs.
Short scores: Kerala 311 verses. Chhattisgarh 149 in 89.4 overs (Harpreet Singh Bhatia 152; Jalaj Saxena 6/75).
Bengal rout Nagaland
Bengal trounced Nagaland by an innings and 161 runs thanks to debutant Karan Lal’s five-wicket haul. On Day 3, the spin combination of Pradipta Pramanik (2-24), Shahbaz Ahmed (3-38), and Karan (5-47) bowled brilliantly to dismiss Nagaland for just 123 in their second innings and earn seven points.
Nagaland lost against Bengal 450/4 decl with scores of 166 & 123 (Karan Lal 5/47, Shahbaz Ahmed 3/38).
Panchal slams 257
Opener Priyank Panchal scored an unbeaten 257 to help Gujarat take a massive 292-run first-innings lead against Chandigarh. Panchal put on a mammoth 307-run unbeaten stand for the fifth wicket with MA Hingrajia (151 not out) to put Chandigarh on the mat.
Brief scores: Chandigarh 304 in 116 overs & 46/2 vs Gujarat 596/4 decl (Priyank Panchal 257 (22 fours 2 sixes), MA Hingrajia 151 n.o, Priyesh Patel 62, Bhagmender Lather 3/147).
J&K stun Vidarbha
Left-arm spinner Abid Mushtaq (8/18) bowled Jammu & Kashmir to a 39-run win over Vidharbha. Chasing 141 to win, the hosts were shot out for 101 with Mushtaq running through the Vidharbha batting line-up as they collapsed from 40 for 2 in the 16th over to 101 in 34 overs.
Brief scores: Jammu and Kashmir 191 & 221 (Shubham Khajuria 109, Akshay Wakhare 4/50, Aditya Sarwate 3/45) beat Vidarbha 272 & and 101 (Atharva Taide 42, Abid Musthaq 8/18).
Karnataka on top vs Goa
Despite a valiant effort from the home team’s hitters, Karnataka was poised to capture sizable first innings lead against Goa. After Karnataka piled up 603 for 7 declared, Goa were 321 for 8 at stumps with captain Darshan Mishal batting on 66 not out.
Goa 321/8 in 109 overs vs. Karnataka 603/7 declared (Suyash Prabhudesai 87, Darshan Mishal 66 batting, Siddhesh Lad 63, K Gowtham 3/109), brief scores.
Hanuma key for Andhra
Andhra will be banking on Hanuma Vihari on the final day to steer them to victory as they finished Day 3 at 100/4 against Maharashtra. They need 140 more runs to win on Day 4. Chasing 240 for the win, Andhra were reduced to 30/3 before Vihari rescued the side with a handy knock.
Brief scores: Maharashtra: 200 & 250 in 81.1 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 63, Nitish Reddy 3/66) vs Andhra 211 & 100/4 (Hanuma Vihari 36 batting)
Tanmay keeps Hyderabad on the hunt
The Assam vs. Hyderabad game is evenly matched. Hyderabad only has one wicket in hand and needs 22 runs to win. Their final hope rests with captain Tanmay Agarwal, who is currently batting 123.
Assam scored 205 and 252; Hyderabad scored 208 and 228/9 (Tanmay Agarwal batted 123; Riyan Parag took 390 bowls).